Goal in sight
BHUSHAN TOSHNIWAL, 24, Chartered accountant and musician
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
“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
“At one show, an elderly man told me how he was touched by my resilience; it inspired me to achieve more.”