Should I Get Away?

“Autism at home, autism at work… How do you manage? Don’t you feel the need to get away?” she asked me.


Get away from what? I thought.


Get away from unconditional love and acceptance? For people with autism are the most giving and loving people I know.


Get away from pure, unfiltered joy? The place my students inhabit reverberates with laughter – straight from the belly and the heart.


Get away from honesty? My students say what they mean. And they mean what they say. No pretenses. No holding back.


Get away from inner strength? They are the strongest people I know.


Not one of them looks for validation from outside. “Take me as I am… Or leave me.” It doesn’t really matter.


Get away from the world of blessings? How can I forget the countless times when I was down and out? And each time, one of them came and put a little hand on my head.


My dear friend, look through my eyes. You’ll see what I see.




Listen with my ears. You’ll hear with I hear.


Get away from what?


A beautiful realm where I am accepted for who I am?


I didn’t come here by choice. But I will stay here with all my heart and soul.



  • Indirá Camotim says:

    I read your post, my dear and beautiful friend and I can honestly say that you are blessed to have Mohit as your teacher in this life. Everything that comes from your son is pure in every sense of the word and thus, the love can only be unconditional. It is a world of untainted perceptions, because nothing else exists in there except pure truth. He will never be burdened with the blights of humanity – prejudices, hatred, envy, greed, lying and cheating, etc. What you have in Mohit and all those children that surround you, is the kind of pure spirits that we have been trying to become.
    Enjoy every lesson – you were considered worthy of having Mohit.
    Namaste to both of you.

  • Dr. Renuka Nambiar says:

    Kamini, you have captured the very essence of Autism in your write up. These are things which are easily taken for granted. Our kids have the most beautiful hearts. Thank you for this reminder. Your write up may be brief, but it scores big points in being deep and touching. God bless you, your family and your work!

  • Thank you so much, Renuka.

    Blessed that Sanjeev’s part of my life too.

  • Bindu Menon says:

    I just came across this blog…and glad there are people who think like you. Well said and rightly so… There is so much peace and love in being with an autistic child who is a little warrior in his own right… fighting hard to find a place in this world. Love them all, they are indeed so special and untainted!
    All my best,

  • Nirupama Rao says:

    How beautifully said Kamini….blessed is the mother who can perceive her blessings!! Yes these children are pure spirs and great masters….they tell us a lot if we learn to really listen. I’m blessed to have Autism in my life even though I’m a professional and i consider myself blessed that i can see their gifts. I’m doing what i can to help parents see the gifts too….i know its not easy, but i know its possible. Once they really see the children for who they are, their paradigm shifts!!

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