Be it Harry Potter or the Ramayana, this Jaipur library brings literature alive in Braille
January 7, 2018
There is a saying that goes - 'Between the pages of a book is a wonderful place to be'. But what about those who cannot read?
Well, since 1998 the Braille Library of Jaipur has been making sure that the joy of reading is not lost to those who are blind. From popular children's magazines like Champak and Chandamama to the Harry Potter series, the library ensures that the visually challenged can read by touch.
The library was started by the NGO Rajasthan Netraheen Kalyan Sangh (RNKS), in partnership with the organisation Group Against Blindness in the Netherlands and the Lions Club, Jaipur. The NGO itself is 50 years old and at the time of its launch in 1968, there was no use of Braille.
"It all started quite as a matter of chance", says J.N Bhargav, Secretary, RNKS, who is a retired government school teacher. "There was a man who used to make plastic chairs who was blind and uneducated. Seeing his condition, some people suggested that we come together and form an association."
The library has over 3,000 titles in Hindi, English and Sanskrit, and 1,500 cassettes.They are sent here by the All India Confederation for the Blind and the topics are wide-ranging, covering poetry, sports, health and geography. Within Jaipur the books are delivered to the doorstep. "We do this because most blind people don't have someone to bring them here. So the books are delivered through autos", says Bhargav. "We have made a catalogue so readers can easily find the books they want to read."
We do this because most blind people don't have someone to bring them here. So the books are delivered through autos" - J.N Bhargav, Secretary, RKNS
The library has members in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Odisha, and even outside India, in Sri Lanka. Delivery is free as there are no postage charges levied on Braille material.
Sachetan Ram Chowdhry, a retired school teacher, has been a member here for over 10 years. "It is very convenient as the books are sent to my home. I have always liked reading and now after retirement I have a lot of time and enjoy reading a lot".
"It is very convenient as the books are sent to my home. I have always liked reading and now after retirement I have a lot of time and enjoy reading a lot," says Chowdhry.
Apart from the library, the RKNS brings out the country's first Braille newspaper in Hindi called Braille Samacharpatra, and publishes text books for blind schools of Rajasthan for classes 1 to 12.
It also runs a blind school where the teaching is in Braille. "The homework is done in Braille and children get to feel informed, inspired and entertained through the medium of Braille", says Bhargav.
Click below to read the other stories in The Power of Braille series:
Watch in Sign Language
Read more on Newz Hook
- Get-hooked April 19, 2019 Dialogue in the Dark session at Gujarat National Law University triggers important conversations
- Headlines April 12, 2019 IPL 2019- CSK beats RR
- Accessibility April 16, 2019 "Court order should set a model for others with mental disabilities", says Bengal MBBS aspirant Tathagata Ghosh
- Get-hooked April 16, 2019 Expectations from the next government of India - My Take by Jasmina Khanna
- Accessibility April 18, 2019 Platforms at Coimbatore railway station will now get lifts
- Get-hooked April 15, 2019 What Good Are We? - Guest column by Arun Dua
- Headlines April 16, 2019 Yogi, Mayawati banned by ECI
- Headlines April 14, 2019 Maneka Gandhi gets notice from Election Commission
- Headlines April 17, 2019 Notre Dame cathedral in Paris catches fire
- Headlines April 13, 2019 SC to hear Modi biopic case on 15 April
Want to feature your inspiring story or share an event with the disabled community? Write to:
Newz Hook - Accessible News