One 'Red' Magician
'Indra' Ajith, featured in Yentha two years ago, makes a re-appearance; this time for a different cause | Mukesh Venu
On Aug 09, 2012
A blood donation camp was recently organised at Women's College, Vazhuthacaud by the Aids Control Society of Kerala. Magician 'Indra' Ajith, who was featured as an 'Unsung Hero' in Yentha, two years ago, performed a magic show on the occasion to make the students aware about the precautions, merits and benefits of blood donation. Two years ago, Ajith was encouraging people to protect and preserve the environment; while now he is involved with the promotion of blood donation.
In two years, the 'green magician' has turned to be the 'red magician'.
“Kerala is supposed to be one of the most educationally and socially forward states in the country,” says Ajith, minutes before his magic show for the students and staff of the college “And yet only 10 in every 1,000 people donate blood in this state, which I consider as something that we should be ashamed of. It is disheartening to know that such a culturally forward society, as we claim ourselves to be, could overlook the importance of blood donation.”
Despite the best efforts by relevant government departments and welfare agencies, there are many people who have doubts lingering in their mind about donating blood. And their doubts are based upon regrettable incidents that have happened while or after donating blood.
Ajith perceives that the problem is not with the effort taken by concerned agencies or government, but with direction of this effort.
“It is not just enough to make the public aware about the importance of blood donation and why it should be taken up as a social duty by everyone. The people should also be made aware of about the way donating blood would impact your body, the dangers hidden behind the process and the precautionary measures that need to be taken.”
Basic tenets that donors should be cautious about:
Never donate blood under the influence or insistence from another person.
Make sure you had a hearty breakfast before donating your blood
Women shouldn't donate blood during their periods and during pregnancy.
Make sure you have someone or some means to take you back home after donating your blood.
Education is best imparted when supplied in the form of entertainment – as the human mind is most active and most things packaged with entertainment seem to drive home the message too. And magic is one of the most ancient modes of entertainment in human history.
Ajith is a self taught magician. But more than his swelling passion for magic, he is one among the dwindling group of genuine artists who values social change they usher in through their medium more than the materialistic gains it brings in.
“By profession I am a peon, and also a licensed electrician; I love doing them both, but magic is something that's intertwined with my existe
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