Mixed feelings about Braille stall at WBF
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
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