Mixed feel­ings about Braille stall at WBF

DNA (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Ro­han Agar­wal cor­re­spon­[email protected]­dia.net

New Delhi: This year’s World Book Fair was built around the theme of in­clu­siv­ity – that it caters to peo­ple from ev­ery sec­tion of so­ci­ety. Thus, there was a stall ded­i­cated to spe­cially-abled read­ers, and es­pe­cially those with vis­ual im­pair­ment.

The stall had about 250 braille books, but DNA found that it re­ceived mixed re­views. Some pa­trons were dis­ap­pointed that the books were not for sale and that they had to re­turn emp­ty­handed. How­ever, the stall in-charge in­formed DNA that the books are avail­able Na­tional Book Trust’s web­site. How­ever, the web­site it­self can­not be nav­i­gated by the vis­ually-im­paired.

How­ever, sev­eral lead­ers found the home-de­liv­ery op­tion, via pur­chase through the web­site, more ac­ces­si­ble as Braille books tend to be bulky.

This year’s World Book Fair was pre­sented with a theme that it caters to peo­ple from ev­ery sec­tion of so­ci­ety. For the same rea­son, the theme stall was ded­i­cated to the spe­cially-abled read­ers and es­pe­cially the ones with dif­fi­culty in view­ing.

For the read­ers with vis­ual dif­fi­cul­ties, the stall was equipped with about 250 braille books. How­ever, DNA found that the stall has been re­ceiv­ing mixed re­sponse as many read­ers who vis­ited the stall had some com­plaints about it.

Speak­ing to DNA, Udit Ma­ha­jan, who had come from Dwarka to in­quire about the books, said, “I had trav­elled from Dwarka hop­ing that I could buy some books to read. But the books kept here are not for sale. So, it was dis­ap­point­ing to re­turn empty handed.”

How­ever, the stall in­charge in­formed that the books are avail­able for sale on the web­site of NBT (Na­tional Book Trust). So, the read­ers can avail home de­liv­ery of these books. But the web­site has not been friendly enough to the vis­ually-im­paired and that makes it dif­fi­cult for the read­ers to pur­chase

My of­fice will help me pur­chase the books on­line. How­ever, I feel it is good that we do not have to carry the books from here. Mi­nakshi Chaturvedi, DRDO Em­ployee

The con­tent is not up­dated and the books are still very heavy. More­over, the not-for-sale clause is a dis­ap­point­ment. Bharat Mali,

A vis­i­tor from Jaipur

the books.

Mean­while, sev­eral read­ers also found the ini­tia­tive to be good as the braille books are heavy and bulky, which make them dif­fi­cult to be car­ried. So, the home de­liv­ery op­tion be­comes an ad­van­tage for the read­ers.

“For read­ers like us who had trav­elled hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres to at­tend the World Book Fair, it would have been very dif­fi­cult to carry the books with us. So, for us it is good that NBT will make home de­liv­ery of these books,” said Param­jeet Kaur, Prinic­pal, Gov­ern­ment School for Blind, Lud­hi­ana.


A vis­i­tor dur­ing the 27th edi­tion of the New Delhi World Book

Per­for­mance by stu­dents at the fair

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