• Wednesday, May 25, 2022
  • Last Update : 04:24 pm

Blind boy travels from Narayanganj daily to read braille books

  • Published at 01:42 am February 6th, 2019
Torikul Islam Nazim
Visually impaired Torikul Islam Nazim seen reading braille books at Sporsho Braille Prokashona at Amar Ekushey Book Fair Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Born blind, Nazim religiously visits the only braille book stall at the fair that runs on a very different philosophy

For the past two years, Torikul Islam Nazim, 17, has been travelling from Narayanganj to the Amar  Ekushey Book Fair daily to get his hands on a different kind of book. 

Born blind, Nazim religiously visits the only braille book stall at the fair that runs on a very different philosophy.

Sporsho Braille Prokashona, established in 2009, lets people come and read all day and offers books for free to the blind. 

When people come to their stall seeking information about braille books, they request the visually impaired people to register with them.

This correspondent found him Tuesday morning at the stall fervently reading the new books on offer. “I have read over 20 books in braille. Because there are not many books published for the blind, I love coming here to take advantage of the offer,” Nazim said. 

Nazim, whose favourite author is Zafar Iqbal, is a 9 grade student of  Somonnito Dristi Protibondhi Shikkha Karjokrom in Narayangonj, spends the whole day at Sporsho’s stall from 3pm to 7:30pm because his school is now closed for HSC exams. 

This year, Sporsho has brought out eight books. A Member of Sporsho, Shahajana Sultana, said: “We are not selling any books here. Any visually impaired person can visit our stall to read, but we will provide free books to those who register for an event to be held later at the fair.”

Founder of Sporsho, Nazia Jabeen, said: “We cannot print as many books as we would like because it’s very expensive. One braille page costs the same as three regular pages. 

“This is unfortunate because a lot of people are not able to find their favourite authors in braille print.”

She suggested that if every publisher printed at least two books in braille then a lot of people would have greater access to newer authors. 

Nazia began working on a braille book, “Chharar Tale Monta Dole,” in 2009. When her book was published and released at the Ekushey Book Fair, she realised the demand for braille books was astounding, and that there was a desperate need for a full-fledged braille publishing house.

50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail