I live in Worli Village, Mumbai.
I am a partially blind person and have 25% vision. During my first years at school, I faced many problems. I attended a normal school and not a school for the blind; all my fellow classmates would be able to see the board properly and for me it was very difficult, so I just used to note down everything whenever my teacher would speak.
But over time I learned to manage everything. I went to a good college later on and did not face many problems since I had learned to handle things on my own.
After graduating from college I started working in the Vodafone call centre. I also worked as a telecaller for Tata Motors.
I heard about COFVI from the National Association for the Blind where I used to work (NAB had a Vodafone call centre in their premises). A few of my friends also told me about COFVI and the work they were doing.
I applied to COFVI because they offered access to reputed job opportunities and a better way of life.
COFVI has blessed my life. That's all I can say. It has given me the self confidence and self esteem which I felt was missing before joining them. And now I have developed a sense of purpose in life.
I am now working with global leader, Firmenich, in their flavours division.
Learning new things everyday is something which makes me happy and I always look forward to it.
I like Amber. I like everything related to Amber.
It is my teachers Ms Renuka and Mr Deepak who have inspired me to learn and work in fragrances. I have learned a lot from them and they are my Idols. To me all the interest, curiosity and the ability to smell I would say have come from these two people.
I would encourage anyone who asks about COFVI to join COFVI since it’s a great learning centre for the visually impaired, and they also strive to find us employment in the industry once we graduate as well.