In order to spread his knowledge about holistic living among the visually challenged, fitness expert Mickey Mehta recently released Garbh Gyan, which he claims is the first book in the world in Hindi language, written in Braille.
“The fact that the visually impaired have no access to a lot of information on the Web or regular books, prompted me to write this book. Also, when visually impaired women get pregnant and are beginning a new life, they didn’t have books or guides with necessary information that they would need at the time,” says Mehta, who has been a health guru for over 25 years now.
The book was released at the National Association for the Blind (NAB), Worli on January 4 as the day was Louis Braille’s (the inventor of Braille) birth anniversary. Presently, one can procure copies from NAB, but it will be available online soon, free of cost on Mehta’s website.
The book talks about the principles of Ayurveda and nutrition. It also stresses on the importance of sunshine, fresh air, appropriate exercise and optimism in life. For pregnant women, it has tips like how fruits, nuts, dry fruits and herbs provide nourishment. The book also mentions dos and don’ts for lactating mothers.
“Writing the book wasn’t easy. The challenge was that we needed to write in appropriate context without leaving the gravity and meaning of the book and its purpose,” recalls Mehta, who has trained celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra, Aamir Khan, Bipasha Basu and Lara Dutta.
Mehta plans to create an audio CD of the book and get his Braille book translated in many other Indian languages. “Also, the National Association for the Blind will get support to learn yoga, vitality and do yoga exercises with a lady trainer from my gym, along with a nutritionist who will visit them, periodically, to inspect their cooking habits and educate them,” informs Mehta.
Garbh Gyan, Mickey Mehta. Available for free at National Association of Blind, Worli
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