The instant thought that comes to our minds as soon as we hear about cancer is the pain and trauma attached to it. Medicines, radiation, chemotherapy, and everything that the disease brings with it could probably be the worst nightmare for both the patient as well as his/her family. And when it comes to children, it is indeed distressing to see them fight against the deadly disease.
Everyone shows sympathy. Some people, however, extend their services by providing donations to hospitals and NGOs that take care of cancer patients. But the scene at TATA Memorial Hospital in Mumbai is different. Apart from the pungent smell of medicines and injections, the paediatric ward here has an air of enthusiasm and hope. The kids eagerly wait for the day when their favorite person Rajen Nair will arrive for photography classes.
“Not all what I teach becomes useful and not all children grow up to become great photographers, as some of them give up fighting cancer. But I think that the yearning to study something interesting is giving the strength to many to continue this fight. That is exactly what I aim to achieve, to encourage children to continue the fight,” says Rajen, a freelance photojournalist from Mumbai, who is partially deaf and is gaining acclaim for his free photography workshops for children suffering from cancer or living with disabilities.