Knows English, Bengali and Hindi: "I love language. Even when I could not understand my surroundings, I understood the pattern of language."
TITO MUKHOPADHYAY: ILLUMINATING AUTISM
At 7 a.m. in a nondescript apartment in Hollywood, Calif., Tito Mukhopadhyay is hunched over his breakfast bowl, spooning milk and cereal into his mouth. His eyes flit around and his hand shakes. When he is finished, his mother, Soma Mukhopadhyay, pulls him off the chair and manhandles him into the shower, dashing in from time to time when he yells for assistance. Finally Tito emerges, dressed, to bend over Soma's tiny frame so she can comb his thick black hair. Abruptly he charges out the door and half-walks, half-runs down the hallways until he is outside. Golden sunshine on his face, he flaps and spins his hands with absorption.
This article was originally published with the title A Transparent Enigma.