Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Chitralekha - December 2016

Mona Kankaria's story about Esha in Chitralekha Gujarati Magazine - Dec 2016

Mona Kankaria Sheth has written this story in the Gujarati Weekly magazine - Chitralekha. December 2016.

Thank you, Mona. I love the way the story's visuals focus on students listening to content. Though I can't read Gujarati script, this is definitely a story after our own heart!

Chitralekha story on Esha Braille - Dec 2016

Library Updated - from 5632 to 6034 files!

We are soo happy to share this final release of the year - we take the library to 6034 files with this release!

Special thanks to the partners who have made this happen.

SAP Labs
SAP Consulting
Hema Lumba and Vidushi Singhal

And everyone else who donated their voice in the last 2 months..

Thank you so much!

This release has the following content:
1. More Arthashastra by Chanakya - Hindi detailed edition
2. Children's Stories in English
3. Ruskin Bond
4. Maharishis of Ancient India
5. Resource content about child abuse
6. UPSC CSE Papers from 2015/16 - English and Hindi

We are at

Monday, December 12, 2016

TSRS Visit to NAB Center for Women

Working with children is always super special to us. Because when we create inclusive children, we are creating an inclusive future.

Which is why, the program where we take The Sri Ram Students of Grade 7 to a blind school, is among our favorite programs. 30 students enter that school, and 30 inclusive children exit. Their faces are so different when they come out..

This year also, the teams came one section at a time, and were left in awe as they understood how we use mobile phones, computers, chop vegetables, cook on fire, serve on plates, eat food independently, use libraries and resource centers, and use special aids to do everything else.

This year also, the students had a lot of immersive pre experiences. Every class did something to prepare for the visit. The children prepared songs that they wanted to sing at the school, some of them made beautiful bracelets and earrings and canvas pouches. It was soooo good to see them hand over things that they had made themselves..

The visit typically lasts 90 minutes, and is an experience of a lifetime - for everyone - the teachers, the students and us. Every single time, every single year.

Till next year, then!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Library Updated - 101 files added today in Sanskrit, Hindi and English

Today, we uploaded 101 files in the new release to the library.

This release has the following content:
1. Arthashastra - Hindi - Some new files
2. Academic Content for Class 12 - Shared by We4You
3. Some classic English content - Shared by Samarthanam, Bengaluru
4. Files for B.A. English - Contributed by our volunteer, Samarth Bhardwaj, from Chandigarh.

We are now at 5632 files :)


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

SIP program at SOIL for the batch of 2016-17 and the reasons of joining ESHA as penned down by different team memberss

We 4 people - Pavas, Amit, Minali & Syed are part of ESHA team as a part of our SIP program.

We all have preferred ESHA due to one reason or other which are mentioned below

Minali : I have both personal and professional reasons attached to joining Esha.Personal reason is I have seen my maternal grandmother for 3 years after she got detected with glaucoma and lost her vision.  I always wanted to support visually impaired people and contribute in any possible way. 

Profession reason is after joining Soil when I came to know about Social Innovation Program, I consulted seniors enquiring about various NGO's and did the primary research on same. 
Everyone told me that " Esha is the best place to go if you really want to work and learn", so I gave my first preference as Esha and I am fortunate enough that I got a chance to work with the team. 
Within a week I can actually feel that whatever I came to know is actually true and I will try to make the best out of this opportunity

Amit : I chose to work with Esha foundation because it is one of the inspired institutions (rather than calling it an NGO) which gives eyes to the people who are visually challenged. It is really hard to understand the plight of the people who have been robbed of nature’s gift to see the beautiful world around them.  Moreover, it makes increasingly difficult for them to perform their daily chores when they find hard to see the universe around themselves. So, I decided to lend my services to such an institution which is working to show the light to the people from its own eyes and make them self-sustainable forever. I really salute to the founders Ms. Nidhi and Mr. Rajesh and the other members who in spite of their demanding schedule have decided to denote their life towards the well being and betterment of these people. I feel privileged to be a drop in such an ocean of warmth, love, and care.

Syed : I had been associated with quite a lot of Programs like Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan, Bihar Education Project for Literacy among children in Bihar. But, volunteering for an organization which helps visually impaired sees the world is a step ahead. I am really grateful to ‘ESHA-People for Blind’ to give me this opportunity. I got to know about ESHA from my mentors Prof. A N Bhattacharya and Mr. Rajesh Dhuddu and eventually it became my first choice for Social Innovation Program because of its project-based approach for accomplishing the milestones throughout the year. I hope we bring out some positive changes in the life of people who see the world differently

Pavas : Since I have gained senses, I have seen my father visually challenged and hence I do understand most of his problems due to his condition. I was always curious about his condition and repeatedly inquired to my mother as to when he will get "normal" like us.
However, gradually i accepted the fact that my father may remain impaired through his lifetime. Growing up with a member like this in the family has sensitized me towards their condition and the difficulties/challenges being faced by them and their response to these events. 
I have always been inclined to contribute and get back to this deprived section of society in any way whatsoever. With great pleasure , I inform that I have helped my father get literate again by engaging with him in learning braille and he is now able to surf computer and use a mobile phone through audio-visual aids JAWS and Talks respectively. The will to learn and determination I saw in him was exemplary, and I realized that if similar support is extended to other people in this strata they could become self-reliant too.

When I heard that ESHA foundation is coming as a part OF SIP program in SOIL, I jumped at the opportunity and here I am working with a team of 3 beautiful people hoping to make even a small impact towards creating awareness in people.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Esha Organisation Presentation is now live

The Esha Organisation Presentation has been a long time coming. It is finally released on Easy to understand, comprehensive and quick. Do check it out:

Friday, September 23, 2016

Online Audio LIbrary updated wiht 100 more files - 5531 files now

In this release, we have added 100 files. This release has the following new additions:
1. Hindi translation of Arthashastra
2. Punjabi stories for children - 3 stories have been added
3. Content from We4You - Oriya academic content
4. Some English novels have been added.

Feel free to browse and see the content here -
Online Audio Library Current interface

Friday, September 9, 2016

Looking for audio quotations in English or Hindi? CLABIL It is!

If you are looking for audio of quotations to suit any occasion, CLABIL - the online audio library,  is just the place to go.

Here is the direct link to files on Quotations on the Esha library:

Quotations on Hope English
quotations for all time - part 1 English
One liners on being women English
Rules for life - 1 Hindi
Quotes about india Hindi
Quotes - 10 Hindi
Quotes - 11 Hindi
Quotations English
Time Management Quotes English
Helen Keller Quotes English
Quotes on Teachers  English
Thoughts for Mothers English
Disability English
January -- Quote for the Day  english
February-- Quote for the Day  english
March - Quote for the Day  english
April- Quote for the Day  english
May- Quote for the Day  english
June- Quote for the Day  english
July- Quote for the Day  english
August- Quote for the Day  english
September- Quote for the Day  english
October- Quote for the Day  english
November- Quote for the Day  english
December- Quote for the Day  english
Quotes Punjabi
Abdul Kalam ke Vaktavya Hindi
Anna Hazare ke anmol vichaar Hindi
Bal Gangadhar Tilak ke anmol vichaar Hindi

Friday, September 2, 2016

Update to online library

Today, we have added some more files to the online library - some more Oriya content of We4You, and 2 new files on the Asaan Ganit series. We have found that the Asaan Ganit series is a rock star series. Students are able to do speed maths in their minds after hearing the files just once. Do give it a shot.

Its fun to see what our listeners like.

As always, please share your feedback. We are now at 5431 files in 18 Indian languages :)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Travelogues from a Wheelchair

So, I am wheelchair bound -inside and outside the house, for at least 3 weeks, owing to a very severe ligament tear.

I could have sat at home and moped about it. (But as you already know, I'm not v good at that). OR, I cld just be my father's daughter. So I decided to do the latter, and explore the world, on a wheelchair.

I m going to chronicle my adventures here, as I move into totally unknown territory. Why? Because I hope, somewhere, that it leads to a more inclusive world. For all of us.

Day 1: I decided to take my son to both his classes. Got the wheelchair out of the house, and into the elevator.
Challenge - elevator door autocloses before the wheelchair can be wheeled in. Solution: My son holds the elevator switch to prevent the wheelchair getting squished.
Problem: The elevator is too small to turn the wheelchair around. Solution: Either I reverse the wheelchair straight out of a narrow lift, or I take help. Fortunately, family and the driver refuse to leave me alone.
Problem: How does the wheelchair go from the porch to the road (a height of about 4 inches) and back?
Solution: The guard helps carry the front wheels both times. Out of kindness. He is not obliged to do this.

I get into the car with relative ease, hopping on one leg and getting in. Once there, I put the injured leg horizontal, as decreed by the doctor.

At the training institute,  I stay inside the car. For an hour.

At the other class, I request them to open the door that has a cemented floor leading to the waiting area, and hop the entire distance on one leg.

Day 2: I decide to go shopping. This time, the wheelchair is added to the car. At the supermarket, I get off and someone has to help me with the wheelchair going up the ramp - its a 30 degree incline and I am too heavy to pull the chair myself.

At the entrance, they have to open the other door to let the  wheelchair through. This is done with no fuss at all. Inside, they assign a shopping assistant , since I can neither use a basket nor a trolley (I might be able to figure this out in a while). We are done with the shopping list in about 5 minutes. People look at me strangely. The shopping assisstant is efficient and quick. The billing counter queue is short and we are out of there in 7 to 8 minutes flat. I try to bring the chair down from the ramp on my own, and drop the purse and phone in the process. The driver refuses to let me try anything more adventurous on a downhill slope, and quietly steers the chair down that ramp. We reach home with no new lessons to learn.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Library Updated

Dear Friends of Esha - we found that there were over 300 repeat entries in the catalog. So we went through a really laborious process of sorting the whole catalog alphabetically and a second step of checking duplicates with spelling mistakes - so that if the same file is in 2 places, we are able to find and delete it.

The entire process took over 200 man hours, but we hope that now, after the second major cleansing in less than 6 months, the catalog is update and clean.

The new release has the following additions:
1. All the summer project content that was found usable. In case of some files, even after noise reduction and editing and amplification, we were just not able to make the files usable. We apologise for their non inclusion in the library.

2. Pratham books has agreed to share some content. That has been added.

3. We4U - A lot of Oriya content has now been shared. We are in the process of adding and cataloguing some more Oriya content. Special thanks to We4You for taking the trouble to categorise and share their content in a way that we can easily upload, catalog and share. We are in the process of cataloguing and the next release should come relatively soon.

We hope you enjoy the content. And as always, please share your thoughts and let us know what else we can add to the library.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Chaurya - The first accessible format film that we know of

Sharing as received on a mailing group:
Chaurya is a Marathi language crime thriller written and directed by  Sameer Asha Patil and produced by Nilesh Navalakha of Navalakha arts.

Navalakha?s earlier films Fandry and Shala have won national awards and  are
> known for their meaningful themes, Chaurya, which is a crime mystery
> thriller, is equally meaningful and exciting and that has attracted the
> producers.

> Chaurya is also India?s first accessible film to release in cinema halls.
> The accessible versions have been created by Kintel Inc and will have
> descriptions for blind and captions for the deaf in Marathi.

> Chaurya is a film that will entertain audiences to the fullest.  A mystery
> thriller of this kind has never been tried in Marathi cinema.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cafe Dissensus - New Issue

This is an online magazine published on issues related to disability.

Sharing in case it is of interest to anyone.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Times Now Independence Day special

"Building a Better India" - pretty much sums up how we feel about the library. The NEED and the passion to put knowledge in the hands of people who will benefit from it.

It doesn't matter how many times you have heard me talk about the library. The passion remains the same. I see pictures of our Outreach happening at various places - and the faces speak for themselves.

Tomorrow, at 4:30 p.m, catch the online library in the feature that talks about building a better India - Times Now - 4:30 p.m. - Building a Better India - Independence Day special. I love that name!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pratham Books and Radio Mirchi Content , We4U content

Pratham Books, in association with Radio Mirchi, has created content and hosted it online on Soundcloud.

I am happy to share that Pratham Books has granted permission for us to add that list of files to our catalog.

In the next revision of the catalog, you will find this content as part of the catalog. The content is in 8 Indian languages - English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Urdu and Punjabi.

We will ,of course, post when this content is live.

The next refresh will also have a lot of rich Oriya content from our partner organisation - We4U.

We are very grateful for both these contributions.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Who will benefit from the online audio library - updated list

Based on the actual usage of the library, we are now releasing the updated list of people who can benefit from CLABIL. It is pure joy to see that more and more people come up to say that they could use this content.

  1. The visually impaired
  2. Rural children
  3. Underprivileged children in urban areas
  4. Girl and women children who are not sent to school due to gender issues
  5. All adults who cannot read or write and therefore cannot access knowledge on demand.
  6. Children of Indian origin who don’t know the Indian script and therefore the literature is also lost to them.
  7. Muscular Dystrophy
  8. Children with dyslexia or print related learning disability, who can use audio.
  9. Older people who lose sight as they age.
  10. Community Programs where books cannot reach or cannot be used due to low effective literacy. This content can be used on public broadcast or local radio as a means of change / information dissemination. (we have recently spoken with the change management team of Swachh Bharat Mission, who came up with this idea)
  11. The terminally ill who need to access content on demand.
Here's to More!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

What is wrong with screenreader format of accessibility

Pre read:

I have never been fond of screenreaders. For a very intuitive reason - they try to ADAPT the user experience of the sighted for us. And that, you see, is not how user experience for the differently abled should be designed. Every user interface should be designed with that user in mind - First. The idea of adapting the user interface of one category of users to another category of users is prima facie counter intuitive.

With the mobile phones and touch phones, that problem becomes worse. A mobile phone, as we know, can become a real friend with an audio guide like Siri. Instead, my accessibility talkback feature first trains me on how to touch the various areas of the screen to reach the app i want.

From a UX perspective, thats all wrong. I don't need to know where the apps are on a screen. I just need to open the one i want. Which means i should be able to tell the device what i want, and the device should be able to meet that need.

We have created touch screen laptops for our sighted users. If that's possible, tell me again why complete voice navigation based devices appear so unimaginable.

Here, then, is UX Design 101, as applied to differently abled users that we work with:
1. Voice Based Recognition and authentication - this includes special training on local accent customisation.

2. Voice based program triggers - You do realise that actually, we only need a screen to show someone sighted our work? So the screen should not be the primary trigger for program activation, change and closure. The voice command or tactile buttons should be.

3. Intra Program actions - this can be website usage, using office or personal productivity software, or playing games. The intra program actions can easily be designed so that they are voice controlled. We should be able to review our work using playback.
I highly recommend the native built in talk back feature of MS Excel (not sure if its still there in the new MS Office)

4. Braille? Maybe: We may or may not know Braille. That's all.

Times Now TV - Esha's ONline library broadcast in 80 countries

Our online library, CLABIL and our Outreach program with the library were covered by Times Now as part of the news. This clip was broadcast in 80 countries around the world. Thank you for the support.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Founder in an inteview on

Our Founder was interviewed by .

In this freewheeling chat, she talks about her journey as a social entrepreneur and parent.

Do read the interview here.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Needed: Translators

As part of our summer project, we want to create more and more content in Indian languages.

One of the things I really want to do, is make available classics like Black Beauty, Sherlock Holmes etc in Indian languages. This has 2 advantages - these classics are deemed read for most higher education courses, and two, we would really like to make this literature also available to people who don't know English.

So if you know one or more languages, please do some translations of classics for us. We will be very grateful.

Thank you!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Esha Summer Project 2016 - Interim Report

On the 10th of April,we launched the Esha Summer Project 2016. We were aiming for a scale we had not done so far.

The summer project this year had about 6 options to choose from - each option had its own lessons and deliverables.

The objective was two fold - first, to benefit from the fresh perspective brought by the interns. The second, and the more important objective, was to expose the youth to the potential of this country through the formal, templatised, CLABIL Outreach Program.

We received 120 applications from various sources, of which about 45 interns were selected to share the summer with us. We also set up a remote collaboration project management office with 3 people - all of whom worked from home. Using simple google documents and online PMO platforms, we worked on managing this project without meeting each other.

Of the 45 interns, 7 are working on the CLABIL Outreach Program - in areas like Bareily, Devangere, Bangalore and of course, the NCR region.

A lot more volunteers are working on recording audio content in languages like Hindi, English, Malyalam, Tamil, Telugu etc.

We had one volunteer who interned with us on social media management and was able to meet social media metrics for Twitter,m Facebook and also SEO. This was a rare chance when a student got independent responsibility for Social Media metrics. 

We also had 2 interns who expressed an interest in creating communication videos, but they could not think of storyboards for their communication.

The best thing about the project was that the project management office was also staffed by the interns. One of the assignments was the PMO.

Some of the students would like to do COP near their houses once the schools reopen in July, and some have asked to continue to work with Esha after the internship is over.

Next year, we want to introduce a tighter selection process so that post selection dropouts are low. What we did well was to keep a tight feedback and followup loop so that all interns were able to keep on track with their progress.

This was our first experience of dealing with interns at this scale, and we now feel confident that we will be able to manage a larger scale next year.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

We are on Radio Mirchi Bangalore!!

Who is in Bangalore and can listen to Radio Mirchi from now to 4 pm? The online library is going to be featured on Radio Mirchi from now to 4 pm (2 pm to 3 pm and then 3 pm to 4 pm). Tune In!

The SOIL SIP Team is the best SIP Team of 2015-16 batch, and we have an article in The Better India

For some reason, we missed mentioning it here..

The SIP Team of 2015-16 - Saranya, Cauvery, Rethina and Vigneshwar, were adjudged the best outgoing SIP Team of SOIL. This is from out of 18 SIP teams this year.

And here is a link to the awesome videos that chronicle the journey of this group:
Esha Journey for this batch:

Tour De Vision Promotion Events:

Tour De Vision 2016 Final Day:

Batch Feedback:



And the previous year's batch, which truly laid the foundation for this batch's success:



Pooja Singh:


Part II:
Just yesterday, the Esha blog was featured among the top blogs of India, and today, The Better India carried a story on our CLABIL and CLABIL Outreach Projects.

We are so grateful! Please do spread the word. The idea of CLABIL is not for us to get credit, but for everyone, and I mean absolutely everyone, to get access to this knowledge and literary resource.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

You are reading one of the best blogs of India!

Every year, a small, eclectic, non commercial bunch of people get together, work hard, and release a small list - the best Indian blogs. The list is released with no fanfare. Yet, this is the list I, as a reader, wait for. Each one of these blogs is a gem, and reading each one a pleasure.

On this list, there are no blogger events, no contests, no promotions, no page rank based scores. There is only one way to make it to this list - write well, and provide good content.

Since its inception in 2011, this is the first time that the Esha blog has made it to the list!!

And all of us at Esha are super duper happy!!!

Monday, May 23, 2016

4 states in India already have a department dedicated to the differently abled. The rest are on their way.

In a meeting last week, I got to know that Telangana also has a govt aided SHG for disability. We are going to use this infrastructure to reach CLABIL to those who can benefit from it.

I think, its time for other states to play catch up. And its only a matter of time before they do.

  • No new infrastructure needs to be created.
The existing District- Block and Village infrastructure of social and welfare support can be used to also provide guidance and support to the specially abled. The same staff can report data.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Get Braille Enabled Cards At Esha

Esha is one of the many blind NGO's in India, but they also have a special service that sets them apart.
    A significant feature of business nowadays is to rope in as many potential customers and clients as they can. India, being such a large country, has more disabled citizens than most other counties. When such a large portion of our population is disabled, business would need to expand their methods of communication so as to accommodate the needs of these people. When an employee from an organization interacts with potential clients, they tend to hand over business cards or visiting cards which contain details such as their business address, phone number, email address, and designation in the organization. Those cards are the best way to widen a customer base to those who are visually impaired. By printing the same details on a business card in braille, the customer base is widely expanded. This also subtly tells potential clients that you are playing a part in developing our community as the work of making the cards is outsourced to blind professionals, so they can earn a sustainable livelihood.
   You can get your very own braille visiting cards commissioned by Esha by clicking here. In comparison to other braille business card printers, Esha does it a very reasonable cost, as well as the fact that you would be directly contributing to the welfare of blind professionals by giving them a chance to earn a sustainable livelihood, while you get benefits in return as well.
To see more about how braille benefits the lives of countless visually impaired people, watch the video in the link here.

Help our community  by contributing to a blind NGO in India

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Free Books in Hindi at CLABIL

Esha offers a wide array of free books in Hindi, English, and various  for the visually challenged. It is our belief that being blind shouldn't deter one's opportunities. Spread the message, for those who are visually challenged and those who aren't, we offer a wide range of online audio books for textbooks, resources, mythological stories, poems, etc. To be a part of the initiative and volunteer for Esha, click here.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

384 new files added today to CLABIL

Today, we have added 384 files to CLABIL Online library - taking us from 5014 to 5398 files - just 2 short of 5400 files!

The files are in multiple languages - including Gujarati and Bengali. So go ahead, enjoy the new content!

In other news, CLABIL Outreach Program is also doing very well.. more on that later. We love reaching out to people and making them aware that such a resource exists and can be used..

Love from everyone at Esha!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Blind Walk today

Today, we did a Blind Walk at Phronesis Partners, Noida.

There were, in all, 16 participants. We used all 3 modes with them. At the end, we had a group that was lost for words. Just the way we like it. Always.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Video of the Read Fest Feedback uploaded

We don't usually get a lot of video feedbacks from our Read Fest volunteers. This one, though brief, is very straight from the heart and what really shone through was the happiness on her face right after she had done the recording.

I only saw this video today, and wanted to share it with Friends of Esha immediately..

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lego Style Braille Books Helps braille literacy

Braille Literacy is going down. As is general literacy. Perhaps it is a sign of our times. As audio takes over, the need to write reduces. And a communication method is only as important as the no. of users.

But braille is important. For the same reason that print is important - reading is its own joy.

Which is why such a delightful learning aid is very welcome, and very necessary:


Monday, April 25, 2016

SOIL Esha team wins the best outgoing SIP Team - 2016! Celebration Time!!

It is our pleasure and privilege to share that our Social Innovation Program team from #SOIL - School of Inspired Leadership, has won the Best Outgoing SIP Team this year. This is an honour well deserved by the team - that worked really hard all through the year on everything that Esha does, and then some more - Blind Walk, Social Media Management, Tour De Vision, doing Braille cards, and other projects.
Please join us in congratulating Rethina Kumar, Vigneshwar Ganesan, Cauvery Jalan and Saranya Balasubramanian - for being the rock stars that they have been! Thank you Atindra Nath Bhattacharya sir and the entire SOIL team for your encouragement. And of course, Randonneur Rajesh Dhuddu for his awesome mentoring.
To celebrate their journey with Esha, they have created a special video covering everything that they did:
And to hear their experience , we recommend that you head to Esha's Youtube channel, where videos of their feedback, and of the previous batch, are uploaded:

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Esha Summer Project 2016 is here!!

This year, the Esha Summer Project is really, realy big. Its 5 times the size of the earlier Summer Projects, includes 6 types of volunteering options, can be done from home or the field, and in general, will change the scale of our Summer Project, making it one of our strategic activities in the year.

This year, we are announcing the Summer Project through a video.

The video sums up all our volunteering options, AND everything u need to know about Esha - in case this is the first time you are hearing of us.

So go on, do spread the word! Let the Summer Project Begin!
PS: Like every year, students will get certificates that can be used to demonstrate community contribution in college admissions.

Friday, April 1, 2016

E Book Reading App for Android - Free

Here is  a communication from Sparsh Products - sharing as received.

 Dear Friends,

  We are pleased to inform you that the ebook reading app "Accessible Reader"  is now being provided free of cost by Amway Opportunity Foundation. It is the world's only accessible ebook reading software with all the navigation features which is available free of cost and the rest are paid apps. Please   download the same from playstore. Given below is the link:

   The main features of the app are given below:
   1. Read your txt, rtf, doc, docx and pdf files with complete
  2. It Supports Hindi, English and many other languages. Just have the
  compatible TTS engine for the language and you can read the same. For
  example for Hindi you can use Google Hindi, Lekha or espeak tts & for
  English you can use eloquence or any other English tts engine.
  3. Change your navigation mode between word, sentence, paragraph and
  4. Go to the desired page instantly with the help of "go to page"
  5. Repeat command repeats the word, line, paragraph or page at which
  the current navigation is set to.
  6. Increase or decrease the reading speed instantly.
  7. Play/Pause button.
  8. Read All button. It would start the reading continuously.
  9. Status. It displays the percentage of the file you have read.
  10. Page. It displays on which page you currently are
  11. It keeps the history of last 10 files which you have opened and
  remembers the position on which you closed the file and would resume from
  the same place.
  12. It remembers the navigation mode, TTS engine and your reading speed
  which you were using for that particular file.
  13. Select the TTS engine and voice for that particular file before
  14. The software is activated via internet. It supports deactivation
  15. If you wish to change your handset just deactivate the software and
  activate it again on another handset. The application will remain with you
  for lifetime.
  16. No adds

 In case of any query please do share with us.

  With regards,


_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
  Sparsh Products
  151-5, Rajpur Road, Jakhan Mandir,
  Dehradun 248001, India

  Mobile: 91-9837088334
  Email: <> <>

Friday, March 11, 2016

CLABIL Outreach Program - Agrasar at Islampur Village, Gurgaon

Yesterday, we took the CLABIL Outreach Program to the Agrasar Center at Islampur village, Gurgaon.

It was an amazing experience. The school itself is run so beautifully, using the Montessori pedagogy and very engaging educational methods. I was totally overawed.

There were 38 children there listening to the content. They loved English Hindi stories, Akbar Birbal stories, and some of them liked Magic Maths.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Online Audio Library - CLABIL - now crosses 5000 files

Today, we moved the catalogue from 4916 to 5014 files - 98 files added to the library, with more on the way.

The current batch upload has content in Hindi, Oriya, Bengali, Punjabi  and English.

The content includes Oriya academic content, lots of GK quizzes in English and stories in Bengali. Hindi has some more children's poetry added today.

Enjoy! And do share your feedback!

The CLABIL Outreach Program is Underway!

In December this year, we had one of our audacious dreams. We dreamt that we want to take CLABIL directly to a large population that can benefit from it directly. The idea was to test the hypothesis that we can make a difference to people by giving them free access to knowledge content in their own language - without needing to read.

CLABIL Outreach Project in Delhi NCR Region, upto March 2016

Am happy to share this - we have done some extensive work around this outreach project since January 1.

The pics are in the collage above, but they really don't do justice to what we actually saw!

In other news, we also did a Braille session on March 5th at the Galleria Market, Gurgaon.
Learn Braille in 15 minutes!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Guest Post by Toshit Chouhan, Student, B.A., L.Lb (Honours)

Toshit has worked on the CLABIL outreach program for 20 days in February, taking the content where it is most needed - directly to our intended beneficiaries -without the need to depend on the govt, or a program. We have decided to take the content and take the direct feedback of our beneficiaries, and to use that feedback to create a more useful resource - in design, content and distribution.

अक्सर जब मैं अपनी जिन्द्दगी में खुशियाँ देखता हूँ
मुझे मेरी अम्मी जान का चेहरा नज़र आ जाता है
मेरा दिल भर आता है, एक ख्याल हमेशा मुझे सताता है
ना जाने कब मैं अपने पैरों पर खड़ा होकर , तेरे कुछ काम आ पाऊंगा माँ
ना जाने कब , जो कुछः तूने और धरती माँ ने मेरी थाली में परोसा है ,
उसको सूद समेत लौटा पाऊंगा माँ

ना जाने कब, इस देश के कुछ काम आ पाऊंगा मा

I was overwhelmed with my comfortable life and getting treated with +A grade education, a thought always killed me from inside that a huge population of our country  still has no access to education. And just as my poetry explains I decided to step out of my comfort zone and planned to take my after semester internship with an NGO so that I can start my journey of serving the nation. I always wanted to be in Delhii as it is a home to our constituency. Here, in the selection process of choosing an NGO to start my work,  I was highly inspired by my cousin brother Gaurav bhaiya, who has always kept himself involved in community services and continues to do so. He had read about Esha and recommended me for the same. I got through the screening and the interview process and was invited by Nidhi  mam onboard,  who gave me the golden opportunity to work with ESHA.

Which I will confess, working with ESHA for 20 days has brought a huge change in my life.

I got to meet mrs, Geeta who narrated her story, And how she battled with the domestice violence she faced at home and took a decision to leave her house for the welfare of her new born daughter.

I also met Mr. Nath who lived in an old age home, he narrated  the untold story of how an old age home in reality works and many a problems that go unheard and unnoticed by the people.

 Being a law student, it was very important for me to know where my country lacks legal awareness, so that I can take an initiative to spread the same. While I was working for ESHA I felt very proud when I saw the students from the poor  and the underprivileged sections waited for my ESHA story telling classes. They welcomed me with a huge smile, and my send off was always a standing ovation.  The field work taught me the struggle, I got the chance  to meet 1000+ people in my 20 days work, 1000+ strangers who taught me a lesson that one should always take some step to start sharing one’s  fortune to make the lesser fortunate people in the society a chance to be happy, to be able to bring stability in the society. And I feel happy that I was able to make an effort to educate 1000+ people through ESHA library. For this I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Nidhi mam who gave me an opportunity to be a part of ESHA family.
Band ankhoo se sapne dekhna sekh liya hai.. Sapne purey kerne k liye mahnet kerna sekh liya hai.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CLABIL outreach @ Sai Bhoomi - Kanhai Village and Rao Ram Singh School - Sector 45 !!!

After our exciting journey with Tour de Vision we have geared up for CLABIL outreach project with Esha. The day one of the outreach program was very eventful. We were able to receive the feedbacks and observations of 50 kids, also educating them with topics they weren’t aware of, through our audio books. The audience was 8th standard students from Rao Ram Singh High School and Primary kids from Soil Alumni Initiative (SAI) Bhoomi. The diverse feedback, views and observation recorded today will be extremely helpful for the team to keep in mind while collecting/recording audio files in future. 

The prominent feedback from the Rao Ram Singh School in Kanhai Village, Sector 45 Gurgaon was that the language used in few of the audio files (Hindi/English) was quite rich. It would have been further effective if the contents are recorded using simpler vocabulary. The students also said slowing down the speech rate would help them in grasping the content, as they get quite distracted while listening to an audio file. The School uses Hindi as a medium of instruction, hence the students were able to receive the contents in Hindi much effectively than the English files with rich vocabulary. 

Apart from meeting the objective of the project, the experience we had at both the schools were amazing. The students were very supportive and the energy they displayed was infectious that has boosted us to further proceed with the project.

We asked the students basic questions related to the content to know if they had prior knowledge about the subject. ‘Fundamental duties of an Indian Citizen’ was one such. The students had very basic knowledge about the same, post listening to the audio for a couple of times they were able to summarize and point out the sections and the duties.

SAI Bhoomi kids enjoyed the Akbar Birbal stories and they also had complete fun reciting the poems and panchatantra stories.  
Rao Ram Singh School @ Sector 45 Gurgaon 

Rao Ram Singh School @ Sector 45 Gurgaon 

Kids at SAI BHOOMI - Kanhai Village reciting rhymes

Students with eyes closed listening to the audio content

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tour de Vision 2.0 – Gurgaon Pedals for an inclusive Environment!!!

Esha’s Annual Cycling Event, Tour de Vision – Miles for Lives had a participation of around 80 cyclists from Delhi NCR and Gurgaon this year.  There was diverse participation from people of all walks of life. Professional cyclists from different cycling groups like Pedalyatri, JNU Cycling Club, Let’s walk Gurgaon and many other groups who came together not only to raise funds for the visually not abled but also spread awareness towards creating an inclusive environment for all. The high spot about the event was that many students who were first time riders were not only enthusiastic about participating in the event but also with great determination completed 25 Kms and made it to the finishing line.

The day started at 4:30 AM for the organizers who transformed the venue (Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon) to an event spot. Banners, mikes, tables, registration desk, desk for welcome kit, feedback desk, live braille spot, book stall, food/drinks and desk for thank you kit were all in place to welcome the cyclists.

Cyclists started entering the campus. Sachin Sachdeva 60 year old cyclist was the first to enter, who was full of energy and enthusiasm. We had around 70 registrations in 20 minutes. The cyclists took the pledge which said:

I pledge to aid and spread awareness for the challenges faced by the visually not abled people.  I understand the need for this awareness and recognise and respect the right for every person to have access to public spaces. I will support and promote that offices and public spaces should be designed as per their convenience.  I pledge to support them in their need for a safe and inclusive environment which affects their day to day life. I will strive to promote an atmosphere that not merely accepts their uniqueness but also celebrates it.

The rally was flagged off by Shri. Upasana Arora, Director Yashoda Multi speciality hospital. The cyclists started pedalling with great passion. The professional cyclists helping the budding ones was a beautiful sight to watch. Rajesh Dhuddu the event convenor finished his 10,000 mile feat during the second edition of TDV.

80 Cyclists pedalled on a pleasant Sunday morning to remind rest of the citizens of Gurgaon their duty towards creating an inclusive environment, where everybody can be themselves and can access the environment without dependency.    
The play by National Association for Blind (NAB) Delhi was a heart-warming one. The message conveyed by them and their brilliant performance was one thing all the participants would have taken back with them after the event.The fifteen minutes short theatre workshop by Mr. Raju Kohli was also an amazing treat to watch as it excited the participants and engaged them in experimenting their acting skills.

The stunning stunts by cyclomaniacs was a visual treat. The recyclable goody bag from ‘I am Gurgaon’ with accessories for cyclists, food and beverages was also a boost to all of us.

We are very grateful to our corporate and individual sponsors who played a significant role in enabling the event. Our venue sponsor Shiv Nadar School provided us massive support, special mention to the admin team who helped us shape the venue for the program. Our health sponsor Yashoda Multi speciality hospital enabled the event by providing monetary support and also the director graced the occasion by flagging off the rally. Our safety sponsor W-Hospital ensured the safety of every participant by sending their ambulance and nurse. Our fitness sponsor Gym Club were the first to arrive and they gave our cyclists free trial passes and sippers that they can use during the ride. Our sports partner Cyclo fit helped us by providing cycles for our 15 students who participated. Our cycling partners Pedal Yatri and JNU cycling club turned out in large numbers to support the event. Students from SOIL organized, volunteered and participated in large numbers to make the event a grant success.   

Friday, January 22, 2016

Founder's Note - Why Tour De Vision is Important

Some of you have participated in a Blind Walk perhaps. If you haven't, just close your eyes and try to walk at any normal public place - the park in front of your house, a tourist attraction in your city - anything at all. And you will know how accessible our public places are.
I have always maintained that we are a small part of society - small, but hopefully, not insignificant.

When we do Blind Walks, Theater Workshops and our biggest event - Tour De Vision, we take tiny, but important steps towards an inclusive, sensitised citizen population. Every person on the road who thinks about an inclusive road is an important part of an inclusive society.

Our riders raise funds for the cause of Esha (this year, we are focusing on the CLABIL Outreach project), but more importantly, they carry the message of an inclusive society.

When you contribute for your friends, when you share this on our own facebook page, when you hold a braille card in your hand, or close your eyes in the park for 2 minutes, when you count the stairs going up or down - be sure of one thing - what you are doing is not time consuming - and it's very, very significant. Our thoughts make our society. Inclusive thoughts make inclusive societies.

Tour De Vision 2016... More Power to Inclusion!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Blind Walk at Cyber Hub!!

“Walk by faith even when you can’t see, as it holds enough light for those who want to believe”

Blind walks give us an opportunity to experience the difficulty in accessing the public spaces when one lacks sight. Sometimes in our busy routine we tend to forget our basic responsibilities. An inclusive environment for our fellow beings is something that’s long forgotten. A brilliant design, be it of any product or business should be thought about keeping in mind not only the masses but also the extreme users of the product. Activities like blind walk remind us our responsibilities.

We had conducted 3 blind walks last year in Galleria and Leisure Valley. We planned to conduct one at the busy Cyber Hub to engage the corporate employees in the social experiment. The response we received was different from the other two walks. In our previous walks we received immediate interest for volunteering and experiencing the walk from the public. In cyber hub, on a busy Wednesday afternoon the corporate employees showed less enthusiasm in joining the walk as they were busy with their daily routine and schedule at work. We wanted to grasp their attention and make them experience the walk.

We were 10 volunteers from Esha and SOIL, we demonstrated the walk to the crowd. There was one volunteer from the crowd who was curious and agreed to participate. Slowly it turned out that many folks were interested in trying it out. Around 50 corporate employees participated. Group of friends, colleagues who had come for a team get-together, reporters from media started joining the walk.

We got diverse responses from the participants after the walk. Some were surprised, some were taken aback, some struggled to cross a stretch, some had to be guided for every step they kept, some walked really fast bumping into the crowd. There was this one person who came up to us and gave his mail id and asked us to call him when we conduct other events. Overall it was an enriching experience that had sensitized the corporate mass at the cyber hub.

The media coverage helped us share the message to a wider audience. Gurgaon Times, NavBharat Times, Times of India Gurgaon and Bhaskar News Gurgaon covered the walk.