Todays newspapers were full of news about Oscars.One of the news was about Smile Pinki,a documentary,which had also won an Oscar.I picked up one of such stories at random.Here it is:
Smile Pinki win brings cheer to UP village. 

Smile Pinki..

While Slumdog Millionaire made a clean sweep at the Oscars, another unlikely star from India has been born. The protagonist of Smile Pinki, Pinki Sonkar, is a celebrity in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh.

The 40-minute short film Smile Pinki directed by American filmmaker Magan Mylan, is about an Indian girl who is ostracised because of her cleft lip. In the film, she undergoes corrective surgery which enables her to enjoy a normal childhood. Her story has moved the judges at the Oscars, as the film bagged the Best Short Documentary award. Pinki had stopped smiling as she was embarrassed of her cleft lip. The Smile Train, an international organisation that offers free surgeries for cleft-lip patients all over the world, arrived in Pinki’s village. In her film, Mylan has documented how this surgery has changed Pinki’s life. The Oscar also brings the underdeveloped Rampur Dabai hamlet into the limelight and the authorities have now committed to build roads and provide drinking water and solar electricity. The Dabai village has a population of around 2,000. Most of the people are poor and work as labourers for their livelihood. As a part of development, the district authorities will also renovate the primary school in the village.The villagers believe that the award will raise the popularity of the village and usher in progress.
I am deeply touched by this story.
I also salute selfless services of doctors like Dr Subodh Kumar Singh who carried out the surgery in 2007 and  changed her life completely.Here is a brief narrative:
Pinki Kumari is an eight-year-old girl who is living with a severe cleft-lip in one of the poorest areas of India. Not allowed to attend school at her native village, Rampur Dhabahi near Bairampur village in Mirzapur, near   Varanasi, and ostracized because of her deformity, Pinki lives a life of quiet desperation as she waits and wonders if she will ever receive the cleft surgery. Her parents could never afford the surgery that she desperately needs. By chance, Pinki’s parents meet a social worker one day who is traveling village to village, gathering patients for a hospital that provides free cleft lip surgery to thousands of poor children each year through the’ The Smile Train’ programme. The surgery was performed by plastic surgeon Dr Subodh Kumar Singh, who along with Pinki attended the 81st Academy Award ceremony.The film sheds light on the global problem of cleft lip and cleft palate. According to Smile Train, more than 4.7 million children in developing countries suffer with unrepaired clefts. Each child could be saved, just like Pinki, with a simple surgery that takes as little as 45 minutes and costs as little as $250.Over the past 10 years, Smile Train has provided free cleft surgery for hundreds of thousands of children who would otherwise never have received it. The organization is the world’s leading cleft charity with thousands of partners and programs in 76 of the world’s poorest countries.
For further details and other cross references,please see the following site :
What are your comments dear Readers ?
As for me, I can only quote Nida Fazli :
Ghar se masjid hai bahut door
   Chalo yuun kar lein,
   Kisi rotey hue bachche ko hasaya jaaye!”
Those who would like to see a video on the subject,please click on the following link:
Some of the photographs of cleft lips shown in this video may be disturbing but unless you see them you will not be able to judge the degree of transformation in Pinki’s life -before and after the surgery.

Let’s hope that organisations like the Smile Train continue their onward journey to bring hope,happiness,laughter and smiles in the lives of many more such Pinkies.

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16 Responses to SMILE PINKI

  1. Dr Pooja says:

    Jitoo Sir,
    I haven’t seen the movie but read the story of Pinki in your opinion. When the whole human folk was mocking at her, there came one yearning for her smile. May there be many more organisations like smile train who can make such millions of children smile. Thank you very much. Best regards.

    Dr Pooja G Bhuyar, Bijapur
    Feb 26, 2009

  2. Dr Pooja says:

    By Dr Pooja G Bhuyar, Feb 26, 2009

    I smiled..

    I looked very much like you all,
    just a bare little difference.
    Everytime I try to smile,
    I feel disabled,
    as others mocked at me.

    I smile in my dreams,
    I enjoy playing
    with the butterflies
    in the garden of peony.
    But, in reality,
    all those millions of smiles
    that I expect
    were in penury.
    I never wince,
    but cry alone
    under my pillow.

    One day,
    I stood among the crowd,
    I stood strong,
    to see how many
    really mocked at me.
    In the crowd,
    there was one
    who yearned for my smile.
    I could believe in
    something I could relate to.

    Everytime, I only dreamt,
    never began with it.
    He turned my dream
    into my goal.
    A solid foundation,
    he made,
    to face the challenge,
    meet it, master it.
    I visualised,
    I learnt,
    I did,
    I competed,
    I achieved.

    Though I din’t reach
    the highest position
    in the life’s school of war,
    I stood high,
    in the life’s battle of strength.

    I am valued as an individual
    for the most special accomplishment
    in my life,
    I remember that day,
    I smiled,
    And for the first time,
    the world too with me smiled.
    Written in honour of 2009 Oscar-winner Pinki

  3. J S Broca says:

    Dear Dr Pooja,

    A brilliant composition, heart warming too! Why don’t you send it to the Doctor who operated upon her (The Smile Train gentleman)? As for me, I am going to post this poem in my blog just below my piece “Smile Pinki “. Thanks.

    J S Broca, New Delhi
    Feb 26, 2009


  4. Dr Pooja says:

    Jitoo Sir,
    I too smiled after knowing that you will be posting my poem in your blog. I am delighted. Thank you very much. Can I send the poem to the doctor who operated her? How do I send it? Best wishes.

    Dr Pooja G Bhuyar, Bijapur
    Feb 26, 2009

  5. Atreya Sarma says:

    Dear Brocaji,

    A touching story! It reminds me of the astounding selfless service being rendered in the same field by another surgeon-philanthropist – Dr Sharad Kumar Dicksheet (from USA), a physical wreck himself. Thank you for the posting. Warm regards.

    U Atreya Sarma, Secunderabad-56
    Feb 28, 2009

  6. J S Broca says:

    Dear Pooja ji, Thanks for your feedback.You are a Doctor. So you can understand the miseries and pains of such Girls. Lets hope for the best.

    J S Broca, New Delhi
    Feb 28, 2009

  7. J S Broca says:

    Dear Atreyaji

    Thanks for your response.Yes there are many kind and selfless souls out there who are doing a wonderful job of alleviating the sufferings of mankind. I shall make it a point to read about the Doctor whose name you have mentioned. I feel that this world is running only because of such wonderful people.

    J S Broca, New Delhi
    Feb 28, 2009

  8. raman says:

    Ai zafar admi usko na janiaga, chahey ho wo kitna hi fahmo zaka, jissey aish mey yadey khuda na rahi, jisey taish mey khaufe khuda na raha.

    dear sir ….it was great time i had with u ……got to learn many things from you….
    raman preeet singh shelly

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  15. nilouffer says:

    In India many believe that on an eclipse day if a pregnant lady cuts or does any chores, it gets transferred to the baby; The mother is quickly blamed for this kind of cleft on the lips or ears etc.
    wonder whether there is any truth to this; In her formative years of life imagine what Pinki must have assessed the world. the cleft is taken care of but what about the scar thats left inside of her little heart? Awards should be given to those doctors who with their selfless service brings a smile to these little angels. My heart goes out to those left with any deformity be it what it may.
    May there be many more like Dr Subodh Kumar Singh who bring a smile back into a life.

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