My Name is Ritesh Hindocha. I am 38 years old and youngest of four siblings.
My parents told me that I have down syndrome. I didn’t know what it was but all I knew was I would have to work harder to achieve my goals in life.
As a child, I have attended special school and my best friends are Rakesh and Mitesh. We call each other regularly and talk about our day. I enjoyed participating in many drama workshops in my school which gave me an opportunity to act in movie called Naina.
Thanks to support from my teacher Renu who even checks on me till date and is happy to see me making progress each day.
My hobbies are dancing, singing and listening to music but there is something more important to me than all of them and that is making Instagram reels.
Making reels is one way to express my feelings. If I feel down, sad or happy. It’s about influencing people in a positive way.
I like to be busy and active so I started making reels on Instagram with the help of my nephew Dhruv and we are rocking it together.
My parents and siblings never treated me as I have any disability and I am grateful for the support I received not just from my family but from teachers and followers on Instagram who have raised the bar for me and helped me accomplish my dreams.
I continue to stay involved in playing gully cricket, and I go to swimming club with my father. I can swim under 20 ft. thats cool right!
I have a small mobile recharge shop which is shut right now because of covid and lockdown. Employment is important for me because it gives me the opportunity to give back to my family. My goal is to reduce my father’s burden financially.
But I have other dreams too. I want to take my entire family to Dubai or Goa with my earnings.
Many people let me down by saying – you have down syndrome and you can’t be an influencer but I don’t care what they say, I am a star!
I still face many challenges and I face them each day with head on, not willing to give up or knocked down. I am learning everyday but one thing for sure my laugh can brighten anyone’s day!
(Interviewed and written by Raavya Sarda)