“Next week, I have a paper presentation. I don’t know how I will do it without the help of my laptop. I’m not able to continue my research without my laptop,” she says. Considering Sayoojya’s situation, her teachers and the All Kerala Research Scholars Association (AKRSA) launched a campaign on social media to find the missing laptop. Through the campaign, AKRSA requested the person who currently has the laptop to return it to Sayoojya. “We are ready to pay for the laptop if anyone has purchased it from someone. The data stored is more valuable than the price of the laptop,” says Lijin Rajan, joint convener of AKRSA. Sayoojya filed a complaint at the Kozhikode Town police station after she lost her laptop. She said the police had not taken the complaint seriously till they started the social media campaign.
“For me, it’s more than just a laptop.” It’s a matter of life and death for me. Sayoojya CS, a second-year visually challenged PhD scholar at Calicut University, says, “It has all my research data acquired since the commencement of my study programme.” When she and her pals were at the Kozhikode beach in the first week of November, the 25-year-old researcher misplaced her laptop. When Sayoojya and her pals were at the beach that day, someone may have taken their laptop from their car. “If I don’t get my laptop back, I’ll be in huge trouble.” It contains books in PDF and scanned format acquired since my undergraduate days, in addition to the study data collected last year,” she explained.
Here’s how these three engineering graduates developed a ‘talking lamp’ to help the visually impaired study better. “I contact the police officers every two days. The officers say it is not easy to find a laptop, like mobile phones. I hope they carry out a serious investigation based on my complaint,” she said. After starting the campaign, many people contacted Sayoojya and her teachers and members of AKRSA are offering a new laptop, but what she wants is her missing laptop which contains her research data. She hopes she will get it back soon.