Kids’s journal ‘Thumbi’ brings out braille tales for visually-impaired readers in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka

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Tales from Thumbi, a bilingual kids’s journal, are actually out there in braille, and might be distributed at 60 faculties for the visually-impaired in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka

Tales from Thumbi, a bilingual kids’s journal, are actually out there in braille, and might be distributed at 60 faculties for the visually-impaired in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka

Can visually-impaired kids expertise the colourful world of image books? Almost ten years in the past, when he was but to begin Thumbi, a bilingual, month-to-month kids’s journal, Sivaraj dwelled on this thought throughout a dialog with kids’s writer, the late Vaandu Mama.

“He informed me that many kids at this time fail to grasp how lucky they’re. They’ve the whole lot. Mother and father, an schooling. Eyes to feast on the world; ears to take heed to a birdcall. What about those that are unable to take action?” Vaandu Mama, says Sivaraj, informed him that he wished to jot down one thing for such particular kids.

Manohar Devadoss with the braille compilation

Manohar Devadoss with the braille compilation
| Picture Credit score: Ayyalu R Kumaran

Now, 5 years after the launch of Thumbi, and 58 points later, the journal’s editor Sivaraj, has introduced out its first braille compilation of kids’s tales. Revealed not too long ago, the gathering, named after the journal, contains three tales. It will likely be distributed at 60 faculties for visually-impaired kids in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, beginning this week.

This contains Poonamalle Blind Faculty in Chennai, St Joseph’s Faculty for the Blind in Madurai, Dharisanam Faculty for the Visually Handicapped in Batticaloa, and Vaazhvaham House for Visually Handicapped in Chunnakam, Jaffna. In Sri Lanka, the anthology is being distributed by Canada-based Suba Balasubramaniam via Let Us Assist Now Basis, a non-profit that works with the aged and youngsters in particular wants houses in Sri Lanka.

Thumbi children’s magazine

Thumbi kids’s journal
| Picture Credit score: Saran Muthu

“The plan is to deliver out a braille compilation with three tales each month,” says Sivaraj, talking over cellphone from Tiruvannamalai. “Every of those tales might be rooted in several landscapes, resembling mountains, forests, and the ocean,” he says, including, “We have now picked tales which have already appeared in Thumbi and have transformed them to braille with the assistance of the Nationwide Institute for the Visually Handicapped, Poonamallee.“

The sequence was launched by artist and author Manohar Devadoss on March 4. Eighty-five-year-old Devadoss, who was awarded the Padma Shri final 12 months for his work, progressively misplaced his sight over the course of his life; he now lives in Chennai. “He was an inspiration for this enterprise,” says Sivaraj. “He gave us an understanding of his world; which is each magnificent and interesting.”

Since most of Thumbi’s tales are picture-heavy, Sivaraj says they plan to develop upon the textual content to make the braille model extra interesting for readers. A four-member workforce from the journal, comprising Shilpa Krishnan, Suyambu Selvi, Maasilan Meenakshi Sundaram and Palaniappan Ramanathan, have taken up this job. “Henceforth, all our points could have a braille model as effectively,” says Sivaraj, including that this can run parallel to their month-to-month braille compilation.

Audio e-book variations of their points are within the pipeline too. Sivaraj says that they plan to doc tales particular kids share as an anthology sooner or later. He asks, “What sort of tales does a visually-impaired boy narrate to his good friend? How does he describe his world? We need to observe down each phrase.”

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