Antara -“The Girl With The Magic Smile”.

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Life is a beautiful gift – some are blind to life and some being blind embraces life. The Story of Anatara Naskar is an inspiring tale of courage renowned in Premasree. Every teacher, staff member, volunteers –knows Antara -“the girl with the magic smile”. 

Antara Naskar’s life hasn’t been kind to her but she retains her optimism and positivity that brings joy not only to her but to the entire school. A teenage girl of 17, she is forging her way ahead in making the best out of her life. The daughter of a worker from Malancha village in the South 24 Parganas, this feisty and courageous girl has ambitious plans and aspirations for her future.

Antara has been in Premasree since a little more than two years. In this short span of time, she has already made her mark in this homely abode for children. She is currently in Class 6 and is a good student.

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Antara loves studying English and hopes to become a teacher one day. Good in most of her subjects, Antara however dreads Mathematics. “I don’t like calculations’ she beams with her signature smile. She is a meritorious student and is adept at using Braille and loves reading story books. This love for reading has brought her to the delights of the English language. She also likes using the computer very often. In her leisure time Antara likes to dance and sing.

“Antara is a brave soul, she has the courage to face life as it comes, seldom complains, she can teach you all about Living in the moment” says Antara’s favourite teacher.

The Beauty Queen

Like other girls of her age, Antara loves dressing up and is very particular about fashion trends. She is our ‘beauty queen’ says a staff member, “never wearing an unmatched accessory, never ever seen having a bad hair day, never wearing crinkled clothes. She is very particular about fashion.”

 Her Love for Life

Phuckha is the best food according to Antara. “I can beat anyone in Phuchka competition” is her bold statement. She also loves Bengali sweets and can gorge on them anytime of the day. What shines out in Antara’s small tales of love is her curiosity for more, of the unknown, her penchant for the little things that makes life beautiful.

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Despite Antara’s difficult childhood, she retains positivity and attitude to do her best. Difficult situations have not been able to worn out her spirits, rather has made her strong and mature in a way that sets her apart from the general teens of her age.

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Antara has great leadership skills. An active participant in all Premasree programs she is the one who heads the group.   Antara’s social behavior has fetched a lot of affection from people who visit Premasree,” She is one of the most popular girl on campus” comments an organization member.

She is very happy at Premasree, so much that she doesn’t like going to her house.  We pray to lord almighty to bestow her with all the good things in life bringing her boundless joy and happiness!

The Dark Night is Over For Alamin Mollah

Miracles do happen and Alamin Mollah’s case is a testimony to that fact. His miraculous regaining of site in fact reminds us of the New Testament where Jesus Christ restored sight to the blind by the power of faith. Alamin Mollah’s case is akin to that – this teenage boy who lives at Premasree, a free home for visually impaired children from impoverished families had never imagined he would overcome the darkness of his life and proceed towards the path of light.  However, destiny had other plans for him and his life took a major turn when his eyesight was restored a few months back.

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I  Can See!

The moment was tense when Alamin put on the pair of glasses as the staff waited with bated breath. To their surprise, he started crying profusely. At first the staff members did not realize what was going on but later on they realized that Alamin was able to see and this fact had overwhelmed him. Everything was a first time for him – his own reflection in mirror, his meeting his mother -a daily wager- who came all the way from their native village to meet him. Life suddenly had taken a new dimension for him. Alamin today is truly grateful to God for giving him the gift of light. ” I am also grateful to my mentor Biju Nair and to ophthalmologists of Narayana Nethralaya especially Reshmi Shroff who spotted a faint ray of hope and went ahead to meet the challenge. It seems a dark night is over in my life and there is a new dawn breaking,” he says.

1`The Colors of Life

Its a happy and momentous occasion for Alamin but his challenges are many – he is learning to see for the first time and so like an infant for him everything is new. He is getting to know now the names of objects that he has only touched and felt so far. The challenge before him is  to identify and remember a vast plethora of objects that he is now a part of his new world.

Alamin however is a confident boy – he feels that the option to be a part of Premasree is itself god given and he would do his best to excel in academics and pursue his dreams.