A ray of sunshine in lives of blind children in Bengal

Feluda has fans across ages

Feluda has fans across ages

The iconic characters of writer-director Satyajit Ray's Feluda, his assistant Topse and cult comic figure Jatayu have been an alltime favourite with Bengalis, be it any age group.

Now, these Bengali fiction heroes are all set to win the hearts of thousands of West Bengal's visually-impaired children.

Thanks to a unique effort, these children won't need to depend on someone who will read out such nail-biting detective stories for them.

They can now easily 'feel' their role models with soft touches and inner senses.

An initiative has been taken up by Third Eye, an organisation working for the visually-challenged communities, to introduce five volumes of Ray's Feluda series on Braille edition this year.

'This year, we have selected a few cult children literature (in Bengali) as we believe these visually-challenged students should be able to read them as part of their upbringing.

Besides textbooks, they must read these classics too,' Mahua Seth of Third Eye told Mail Today.

She said in addition to Feluda, other popular Bengali titles such as Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay's Gosain Baganer Bhoot and Monojder Adbhut Bari, Sunil Gangopadhyay's Bhayankar Sundor and Halde Bari Rohoshya, Ray's father Sukumar Ray's Pagla Dasu and Abol Tabol, Bibhutibhushan Bandhopadhyay's Chander Pahar and Aranyak will be made available through the Braille edition for the children.

Among the total 15 titles, there are some English classics too such as stories of O. Henry, R.K. Narayan's Malgudi Days, Mahatma Gandhi's My Experiment with Truth and the Arabian Night Tales.

These books will be given away to the libraries of all 19 blind schools in the state.

'If everything goes well, we will bring another detective character Bomkesh Bakshi to the blind community of Bengal through Braille edition next year,' Seth said.

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