Special children transform vintage car to a dream on wheels

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Guwahati, Oct 17 (UNI) Flying a plane or driving a racing car might have ended in dreams, but when they got a chance to be a part of a vintage car pageant, the 'specially-abled' of Shishu Sarothi grabbed it with both hands, or rather, their paint brushes. The students of Shishu Sarothi, a home for mentally challenged children in the city, have painted a vintage car that will take part in the 'Vintage Car Pageant' in Shillong on October 28.

As the paint brushes of these mentally challenged young students stroked the vintage car, it transformed from a lifeless old car to a sky of rainbow colours, with flowers, fishes and birds vying for attention.

The vintage car, a Morris Oxford of 1950 make, is owned by Jonjyoti Changkakoti of Guwahati. The theme for this year's car pageant is 'Driving by Dreams' and Changkakoti couldn't have got a better means to portray the dreams of these children, who seldom get the chance to live their dreams.

A visibly delighted Changkakoti marvelled at the vast imagination of these children and rued the fact that the society chose to magnify the deficiencies of these children rather than project their special gifts.

Flowers, birds, fishes, rivers, sun, balloons and various others shapes and sizes of varied hues and colours jostled for space on the vintage car's body.

Of the 15 students of Shishu Sarothi who took part in painting the car, three will take part in the car pageant in Shillong.

They will also distribute greeting cards made by them and their friends, spreading the message-'See the ability, not the disability.' UNI SG KK NC BD1657

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