Palakkad: They live in a world of darkness, but their hearts lit up with love as they met. Kanmani and Manikandan have now become partners for life.
Yakkara Sasthanagar Rangaat Chitralekha alias Kanmani and Kozhikode Vengeri Edamannil Manikandan are now husband and wife.
Both were born blind, but god had gifted them with the will power to face any adversity. That power is their light.
Chitralekha, who completed her SSLC from Kottapuram Helen Keller School, cleared Plus Two from Govt. Moyan Higher Secondary School with high marks. She says she would like to continue studies after marriage.
Family and friends fondly call Chitralekha 'Kanmani' (which means pupil of the eye, often used to mean most beloved). She's trained in music and dance.
Manikandan is an English teacher at Kozhikode Govt High School. Chitralekha met him at a three-day meeting of the state committee of Federation of the Blind. They couldn't see each other, but words could sense feelings.
Chitralekha never forgets anybody's voice. Manikandan's voice lingered on in her mind. They didn't need vision to understand each other's feelings of love.
Finally one day it was expressed. As both families agreed, they decided to be partners for life.
Chitralekha's father Velayudhan is a headload worker in Yakkara. Her mother Sandhya works in a private hospital canteen. Krishna Prasad, a Class 8 student, is her brother.