Wheels of Destiny: The memoir of N.S. Hema (04.10.1938 – 08.04.2016), founder of The Association of People with Disability, Bangalore, India
Published: September 2013
Available through https://www.apd-india.org/
When Hema asked me to ghost-write this book for her, she handed me a transcribed copy of pieces she had recorded on an old tape recorder, over the years. Then came hours and hours of talking in the green campuses of APD and in her impeccable home, about her journey from the time she was afflicted by polio as a child to the execution of her vision for holistic solutions for people with disability. Her story, showing not only unmatched dignity in the face of obstacles but also shrewd capacity to follow up on her ideals, filled page after page.
This is a book about one person’s life, love, success and disappointments. It is also a primer on the real-world challenges for people with disability and a guide to urgent problems and inclusive action.
“I want to be a gardener in my next birth,” Hema said, echoing her love for horticulture and its role in the therapeutic and economic rehabilitation of people with physical disability. I hope you found your garden, Hema, and in it, your beloved plant – the bird of paradise.