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Meet R Suresh, the sign language interpreter for Tamil Nadu sports council of the deaf!

July 10, 2018

52 year old R Suresh from Madurai does a very unique and interesting job. He is the sign language interpreter for Tamil Nadu sports council of the deaf! Suresh is thoroughly in love with his job and feels extremely great that he has been bridging the gap between deaf athletes and government officials.

It all started a few years ago when Suresh, who hails from Nilgiris, lost his job at the Hindustan Photo Films in Ooty. The company had to shut down due to financial constraints, and Suresh decided to lead a retired life with his two daughters in Chennai. That is when an official from Nilgiris association for the deaf asked him to join them. From there he took off to become the sign language interpreter at the sports council.

He has known sign language for more than three decades now. Suresh, who is also a musician, wanted to communicate with his close friends who were deaf and part of a band. That is how his tryst with sign language started. Now, it has ended him up with a job post retirement!

Suresh says that his job is extremely fulfilling. In a recent meeting, a state minister offered full support to the association. It makes him happy to see how deaf athletes rejoice after he communicates such good news to them.

Suresh points out there are heated arguments at meetings. This sign language interpreter has a tough time trying to convince some athletes who are unhappy with certain things. But Suresh definitely has no complaints. He is happy and content with his job!

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