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.