Goal in sight

BHUSHAN TOSH­NI­WAL, 24, Char­tered ac­coun­tant and mu­si­cian

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNE -

Los­ing his eye­sight when he was just 20 days-old is what made Bhushan “more de­ter­mined to achieve what most be­lieved was unattain­able”. A vis­ually hand­i­capped CA in Ma­ha­rash­tra, he ranked 11 on the Class 12 merit list be­fore clear­ing his CA ex­ams in May 2011, with­out even hav­ing any books in Braille to study from. “There is no study ma­te­rial for the blind be­yond Class 12,” he says. “My mother used to read out the books and sums to me and I mem­o­rised them.” Tosh­ni­wal’s achieve­ments go be­yond aca­demics—he is a trained classical singer, has won sev­eral awards at the Sawai Gand­harva Ma­hot­sav, plays the vi­olin and har­mo­nium, was awarded the cen­tral govern­ment spon­sored Cul­tural Tal­ent Search Schol­ar­ship and won a mu­sic tal­ent hunt show Tak Dhina Dhin.

FIGHT­ING ODDS He started us­ing the Brailler, a type­writer in Braille, to com­plete his B.com from Wa­dia Col­lege. He com­pleted his Part 1 level CA ex­ams in the first at­tempt and did a part-time man­age­ment course along with his fi­nal CA ex­ams. Tosh­ni­wal started learn­ing mu­sic at the age of four and gave his first stage per­for­mance a year later. Con­tact: 9422005714

sec­ond opinion

“His de­ter­mi­na­tion, hard work and pos­i­tive out­look have helped him achieve what most oth­ers with­out dis­abil­i­ties

wouldn’t have been able to” AMIT GORKHE, FOUNDER PRES­I­DENT, NOVEL GROUP OF

IN­STI­TUTES

“At one show, an el­derly man told me how he was touched by my re­silience; it in­spired me to achieve more.”

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