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How a Mom Convinced Stationery Company to Design Left-handed Sharpeners for her Upset Kid

Shweta Singh, mother of a 4 and half-year-old was left helpless when her daughter came back from the school, upset about the fact that she couldn't sharpen her pencils like her friends in school.

Anurag Verma | CNN-News18@kitAnurag

Updated:December 16, 2017, 11:39 AM IST
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How a Mom Convinced Stationery Company to Design Left-handed Sharpeners for her Upset Kid
Photo credits: Shweta Singh / Facebook
It doesn't come as a surprise to anyone that the world isn't very kind to the southpaws. Be it your everyday scissors or gaming controls, right handed desks at schools or bumping elbows with the kid next to you, left-handed people have struggled.

In a similar fashion, Shweta Singh, mother of a 4 and half-year-old was left helpless when her daughter came back from the school, upset about the fact that she couldn't sharpen her pencils like her friends in school.

Determined to find a solution, Shweta looked for stationery made especially for kids like her own. However, them costing as much as 1200 INR, she decided to write to the Hindustan pencils Pvt Ltd itself, the manufacturers of Natraj and Apsara pencils.

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The stationery company got in touch with Shweta and within a week sent her 5 sharpeners especially designed for left-handers, with a promise to send over more when such stationery comes into regular production.

Shweta took to Facebook sharing the heartwarming incident.

I am a mother of a 4 and half year old daughter. She is a lovely and intelligent kid. She has left hand writting skills.

I thought that being a lefty is not a big deal. But I was wrong. I saw my daughter struggle for every small thing in this right handed people dominant world.

I will share a small incident. Once she was very upset as she returned from school. I asked her for the reason. She replied " Mummy I am unable to sharpen my pencil where as all the other kids easily do that. " I thought for the reason and realised that the sharpeners available in market are manufactured for the right handed people. It is very difficult for a 4 year old left handed skilled kid to use it.

I found stationeries for left hand writing skilled kids online however they were very expensive. A sharpner was costing around INR 700 to INR 1200.

I wrote about this problem to one of the leading manufacturers of stationeries Hindustan pencils Pvt Ltd( manufacturers of Natraj and apsara pencils). They were very helpful. I got a call from a person at a respectable position from the company. He tried to understand my concern and promised to help.

Within a week's time I received a sharpner specially designed for left hand writing skills. They didn't have that available as a normal product. They took efforts and designed the sharpner specially for my kid.

I am really thankful to the company. Lovely customer service.

Hindustan pencils Pvt Ltd you Rock !!#apsarapencils — feeling awesome with #apsarapencils.


The mother's moving post has garnered over 11k Likes and 4K+ shares on the platform.



In fact, it became a topic of discussion on Reddit India.

The company's response was also shared by a user on Twitter. Posted by @shilparathnam, the tweet has now gone viral on the site.



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