Ever wondered how little raised dots bring joy to 285 million people worldwide? The harbinger of this joy, Louis Braille had once said, “access to communication in the widest sense is access to knowledge, and that is vitally important for us if we (the blind) are not to go on being patronised by condescending sighted people.” Fifty six lakh Indians then will have much to rejoice this May as India gets its first English literary magazine, The White Print in Braille.
Upasana Mukti, founder-publisher of this magazine elaborates, “White Print is an effort to provide the visually impaired community a companion while they are on the go or sitting by the coffee table on a Sunday afternoon. A magazine that is a source of information and entertainment was long over due and we hope we are able to make a difference in even a small way.”
She relates that the magazine will have various sections including food, travel, technology and even literature where aspiring authors can contribute. Being printed at the National Association for the Blind in the city, it will route this tremendous effort to institutes and individuals alike hoping they reach out to everyone registered. She confides, “Most newsletters that they receive do feature politics. We hope that through this a simplified version reaches them.” From columns by stand-up comedians to helpful apps, the magazine will be a carrier of vital information.