The other day I was in a restaurant for dinner, I was hoping to enjoy a quite meal & get back home to finish my work for the day. I heard a guy & a girl chit chatting on the adjacent table, I did not give much thought to them…once I finished my meal I was waiting for my driver to come back & pick me up…my driver came after 5mins & I thought he was near me so I called out his name. In reality my driver “mallesh” went out of the dining room that I was in & I have no clue that he is not there beside me…
He came to me after 2minutes & we left the restaurant….Mallesh told me something that pained me a little then…Babu the adjacent table folks are thinking that you are having some mental illness or problem. When you are searching for me they are signaling to restaurant staff & trying to say something through hand signals. Hearing this it pained me a bit at the first but then from their stand point if I think there is nothing wrong…they are trying to help me & have no idea how to handle the situation. They don’t know that I am blind & they thought I might have some mental disability because I am dependent on Mallesh.
Lessons learned here are
I should have carried my white cane.
I should have been more independent.
If I carried my white cane & if I was independent I think people would have understood that I am blind & not mentally ill. I am going to carry my white cane from now on & since I advocate the same I need to set an example.