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The Light Within by Sipra Das

  • Bitasta, Voice of World Centre
    A picture book on sightless people by Sipra Das

    Bitasta cannot hear, see or speak. Police found her as a newborn at a dustbin. Today, the supple 10-year-old teaches yoga to children at the Voice of World Centre in Kolkata

  • Anand S
    A picture book on sightless people by Sipra Das

    Who would imagine someone incapable of seeing can clamber up a coconut tree like a monkey? But Anand S, 22, born sightless, and educated till Class XII, is indeed a coconut picker in Andhra Pradesh and earns Rs 1,500 a month

  • Navin Hiroo Potnis
    A picture book on sightless people by Sipra Das

    Goa-born Navin Hiroo Potnis has never seen light since birth. The 59-year-old makes a living by fabricating super-enamel copper wires for ceiling fans and earns around Rs 7,000 a month

  • Neela Dave
    A picture book on sightless people by Sipra Das

    Neela Dave is 59 and runs a nursery school in Mumbai. She gradually lost her eyesight due to a medical condition after the age of 20, becoming totally sightless when she was 35 years old. It was then that the married but childless Dave started her school

  • Prakash Sharma, Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre
    A picture book on sightless people by Sipra Das

    Prakash Sharma, 60, lost her sight at 15 when a doctor’s assistant poured acid in her eyes by mistake. She works at the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre for the Blind in Ludhiana as a seamstress at a salary of Rs 2,250 a month

  • Rahul Vijay Shirsat
    A picture book on sightless people by Sipra Das

    Rahul Vijay Shirsat, a 32-year-old photographer of Mumbai has been sightless since birth and depends on sound to “see” his subjects

  • Vishal Vaidyanath Rao
    A picture book on sightless people by Sipra Das

    While repairing fishing nets is easy for Vishal Vaidyanath Rao, his greatest pleasure in life is music. The 29-year-old Mumbai youth is an accomplished flautist and is now learning to play the violin as well

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