Jijo Das - A superhero in the making!
A warm-hearted soul who finds his world in movies and comic books, Jijo is a passionate illustrator. Ever since he learned how to hold a pencil/chalk he started doing what he loves - drawing.
Jijo is like a superhero, (someone with an extra set of biological enhancements - 47 chromosomes due to Down’s Syndrome) who does something exceptionally well! Jijo's elder brother, Aniket, who is a motorsport graphics & motorcycle designer from the National Institute of Design realized how serious Jijo was about art and chalked out a curriculum that would help Jijo understand this subject based on his abilities.
After two years of rigorous training and assignments, his abilities surprised everyone! Jijo now dreams of being like other graphic designers and wants to work for Disney! He even works on his brother's motorsport graphics projects and brings something fresh and new to the table, every time. Jijo’s family plans to make the most of his abilities, so that he earns a living by doing what he loves, throughout his life.
Jijo and Aniket live independently in their studio apartment. Beyond illustrating, Jijo is a great human being who loves to make everyone happy, grooves to rock and roll with his drums, loves playing Burnout Paradise, enjoys typography, is crazy about dinosaurs, considers Optimus Prime as his best friend and spends a lot of time on YouTube looking at how his favorite animated films were made! He is known as ‘My Optimus’ on Instagram and has a growing fan base.
Here is the link to his website -
Naveen Mariyan graduated from Spastics Society of Karnataka, after completing his Senior Secondary, with good grades. He was a good and pleasant student who was always ready to help others. Athough a bit shy and reticent, he was quite popular among his peers.
He showed lots of interest in catering business which didn’t do so well. Later he joined Zomato and after gaining some experience there, he mastered enough courage and confidence to start his own venture. He became an entrepreneur and started a venture called “KHAALI BOTTLE” to rid Bangalore of its unending trash. The start-up’s USP is converting Trash into Cash. It does it through simple solution of reusing and recycling wastes which is a win-win situation for him and his customers. To know more about the venture, visit his website -
Naveen, who once was a shy and insecure student, now thrives on challenges. “We have partnered with Fresh Menu, Cartisan and House Joy and Just Dial for lead sharing and we work on a recurring basis with 18 restaurants and 34 apartment communities” says this beaming and confident entrepreneur today.
We, at Spastics Society of Karnataka, are indeed proud of his success story and are excited to be a part of his journey. Our institution continues to nurture marginalized and neglected communities of the society, in an effort to hone confident, inspiring and enthusiastic future citizens