Pune: Youth overcome hyperactivity with puzzles

Siddharth Joshi was a hyperactive child who faced many health complications. Her parents, Smita and Bhushan Joshi, introduced her to therapies, which included solving puzzles, as a method to improve her attention span. Now 27, an exhibition featuring his collection of assembled puzzles is being held at the Bal Gandharva Ranga Mandir from January 19-21. These jigsaw pieces put together at the exhibit include portraits of prominent figures, images of wildlife, and abstract art, among other themes.

Writer Achyut Godbole, who opened the event, said, “I would like to commend his parents for their efforts to bring him up despite many challenges,” he added.

While describing their journey, Smita Joshi, who documented Siddharth’s life in her Marathi book, explained that she experimented with various ways to teach him things. “Asking him to solve these puzzles was part of the therapy. It has a collection of more than 200 puzzles of various sizes, assembled from 1,000 to 1,200 pieces each. His ability to recognize patterns has developed over the years,” she added.

She said: “Siddharth has found a place in the Limca record books. Although he works as an assistant teacher at the Zep Rehabilitation Center, he continues to pursue his passion for these puzzles. While recounting his experience and passion for puzzles, Siddharth said his mind relaxes after solving these puzzles. “It takes a month to put together a puzzle of 1,000 pieces. My concentration has improved.

Random puzzle pieces are laid out on the site, encouraging everyone to put them together.