Color Blindness is my Strength

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January 12, 2009

Some Facts

  1. At age 8, I gained interest in coloring using Crayons.
  2. At age 13, during our drawing/coloring test, I was scolded by my parents for not being able to identify the color “Black” from “Dark Blue”.
  3. In my 8th grade (age 14), I could not identify red litmus paper from blue litmus paper (litmus test – chemistry). I was diagnosed as being “Color Blind“.
  4. At age 17, I could not choose “Specialized Textile Engineering” as my profession as one of the key requirements was the ability to identify colors.

Meaning: Color blindness is the inability to see certain colors in the usual way.


  1. Trouble seeing colors and the brightness of colors in the usual way.
  2. Inability to tell the difference between shades of the same or similar colors.

There is no known treatment.

Lessons Learned from being Color Blind

  1. Think Simple : I spend less time on materialistic items like choosing the right color for the clothes I wear. Being color blind, I have been trained to wear a combination of “Light & Dark” (a light shirt and a dark trouser or vice-versa). My wife still wonders how I manage to buy any clothes within 5 minutes :-)
  2. Adaptability: While driving I see the “Green” Light as the White Color. I have tuned my mind by prompting it to stop the car every time I see the “Third” light (lit) in the signal.
  3. Positive Nature: Every Fall Season, I travel with my friends and family to see the Fall Colors. Obviously, I don’t get much out of it because all the colors on the trees look the same to me. However I take the trip in a positive way and I try to cherish every moment of my life.
  4. Learning: Through my current condition, I have a better understanding of Ophthalmology and Color Blindness.
  5. Section 508 Compliant : Being color blind, I help various organizations and companies make their product “Disability Compliant”. I provide supervised guidance on which colors to use and which not to use while designing a website or a product.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.

I believe that even though I am Color Impaired, I believe the Color Blindness condition has taught me to lead a positive balanced life and I choose to see it as my strength.

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