My journey to world chess champ - My Take by Mallika Handa
I was born with no impairments but at the age of one year, I suffered from a very high fever. This led to my becoming deaf.
My parents were unaware that this had happened at the time. As I became older, they realized what had happened.
My mother and father were very worried and sad but they never lost hope. They started me on vocal therapy and everything else that was needed that could help me.
My mother devoted all her precious time towards my care and securing my future. My papa Suresh Handa, my mother Renu Handa and my brother have supported me through every step of my journey towards becoming India's first world gold medalist.
About the Writer
Mallika Handa is one of India's best chess players. The 22-year-old champion has won the national deaf championship three times. She was a silver medalist at the World Championship for the Deaf and the Asian champion at the Asian Individual Chess Championship for the Deaf. She is the current titleholder at the World Individual Open Deaf Chess Championships 2016.