[AI] re get ready to see things in dark

manohar vaswani vaswanims at gmail.com
Fri Jan 7 09:25:42 EST 2011


dear all,
I think that sighted persons learn more about blindness when they see
a blind person carrying out routine tasks without sight than visiting
dark exhibitions

manohar vaswani
On 1/7/11, Adina Galani <lotusflower4u at gmail.com> wrote:
> Agree, but from my very little experience, most of the children who are
> coming with their class to visit the dark exhibition, or youngs coming to
> pass the time, are, in greatest majority, more looking for  "seeking high
> sensations" then understanding the blindness. Its of course, for the time
> being, still a successful business, same like eating under water or sleeping
> in a baloon at 500 meters hight.
>  Adina
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Asudani, Rajesh" <rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in>
> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2011 11:33 AM
> Subject: [AI] re get ready to see things in dark
>
>
>> Well Manohar,
>>
>> Attachments are not allowed in AI, and So, you have to paste the speech.
>>
>> I believe I have shared the speech a few days ago.
>>
>>
>>
>> Though it is true that darkness has ulterior associations in the public
>> perception, I believe this event would alleviate such associations rather
>> than elevating them.
>>
>> I believe in taking the things head on and reversing their symbolism.
>>
>> Here negative symbolism of darkness has developed because of primary
>> reliance of visual sense to do myriad things.
>>
>> When people realize that a host of things can be done without that visual
>> sense, ingrained negative associations of darkness would be weakened.
>>
>> We may take as an illustration relative seclusion of women from public
>> life and their bodies being completely veiled some decades ago.
>>
>> This was primarily because female body was essentially associated with
>> uncontrolled male eroticism.
>>
>> Rather than submitting to such associations for centuries, past half
>> century has taken this idea by its horns, so to say, and today, females
>> along with their bodies can be found in every nook and corner.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>>
>> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
>> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of manohar
>> vaswani
>>
>> Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2011 1:05 PM
>>
>> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
>>
>> Subject: Re: [AI] Get ready to see things in dark
>>
>>
>>
>> hello renuka and all the other members of AI I read the news about the
>> dialogue in the dark. but the name 'dialogue in the dark' is not
>> appropriate. since ages blindness has been associated with darkness and it
>>
>> will strengthen this association. many people believe that blind live in
>> perpetual darkness and cannot tell day from the night.
>>
>> for many sighted persons darkness also connotes ignorance, evil and feeble
>>
>> mind.
>>
>> general public and literature some times consider blindness  as outward
>> manifestation of inner defficiency.
>>
>> so outwardly this project may educate people about blindness but it may
>> also strengthen  already prevalent prejudices and stereotypes about
>> blindness.
>>
>> some of the members may not agree with me, they have a right to disagree.
>>
>> to support my argument I am here attaching a speech, Blindness: Is the
>> Public Against Us?
>>
>> An Address Delivered by Kenneth Jernigan President, National Federation of
>>
>> the Blind At the Banquet of the Annual Convention Chicago, July 3, 1975
>>
>>
>>
>> with regards
>>
>> manohar vaswani
>>
>> assistant professor, department of english,  shivaji university kolhapur.
>>
>>
>>
>> On 1/6/11, Renuka Warriar <erenuka at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Date:06/01/2011 URL:
>>
>>> http://www.thehindu.com/2011/01/06/stories/2011010665220100.htm Back
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Front Page
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Get ready to see things in dark
>>
>>>
>>
>>> J.S. Ifthekhar
>>
>>>
>>
>>> This one-of-its-kind show, first time in India, will commence next
>>
>>> week at the Inorbit Mall in Madhapur
>>
>>>
>>
>>> PHOTO: G. Krishnaswamy.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> DARKNESS VISIBLE:Visually-challenged guides ready to take the visitors
>>
>>> on a tour of Dialogue in the Dark exhibition.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> HYDERABAD: Now, there is an exciting new activity in town. It scares
>>
>>> you stiff even as it lights up the dark recesses of your mind. No, you
>>
>>> don't come to see it. Rather you experience it. Dialogue in the Dark,
>>
>>> as it is called, takes one down a dark expanse.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Everyday chores like visiting a park, shopping in the mall and taking
>>
>>> a boat ride -- one learns to do in total darkness. Howzzat! The
>>
>>> hour-long programme is an eye-opener in fact.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Thrill-a-minute
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Hyderabadis are set to experience this thrill-a-minute show next week
>>
>>> at the Inorbit Mall in Madhapur. ACE, an acronym for Art, Culture and
>>
>>> Entertainment, is bringing this one-of-its-kind programme for the
>>
>>> first time in India.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> A chill runs down the spine as one embarks on this spooky journey with
>>
>>> a white cane in hand to grope the way around. But a
>>
>>> visually-challenged guide is always at hand to help. The creepy
>>
>>> feeling is only for a while till you get adjusted to the blackout.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> With the eyes out of action, the other sensory organs get active.
>>
>>> Almost involuntarily, one lumbers around with outstretched arms to
>>
>>> discover pebbles under the feet and plants along the way. A bird
>>
>>> chirps yonder and as one sits on the bamboo chair, it is clear as
>>
>>> daylight that it's the Kasu Brahmananda Reddy Park.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> A few turns in the dark brings one bang into the shopping mall. Here,
>>
>>> leave it to the olfactory and the gustatory senses to tell what is in
>>
>>> store.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Laad Bazar
>>
>>>
>>
>>> As you potter around, you lay hands on the most priceless thing. Yes,
>>
>>> you guessed right - the onions.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> There are other things like spices, watermelon and soaps. Next, you
>>
>>> saunter into the Laad Bazar. This is clear from the jingling bangles.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Grope for the familiar pan shop, the tyre puncture kiosk and the
>>
>>> public telephone. As you are through the bangle street, get ready for
>>
>>> a boat ride in the dark waters of Hussainsagar. It's quite an
>>
>>> experience.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> The journey winds up with the Taste of Darkness.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Here, you are served your favourite snacks. Well, that is the dark
>>
>>> side of the story. And the bright side is that visitors begin to see
>>
>>> the sightless not as disabled, but differently-abled persons.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Inclusiveness
>>
>>>
>>
>>> "It helps promote inclusiveness and appreciation of diversity," says
>>
>>> S.V. Krishnan, founding director, ACE.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Also one develops concentration and listening skills.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> "You gain self-confidence and try to push your limits," adds Sudha
>>
>>> Krishnan, chief operating officer, DiD.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> This eerie experience comes for a price - Rs. 300 apiece. Dialogue in
>>
>>> Dark is out of bounds for kids below eight.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> So guys, what are you waiting for? Get ready to challenge darkness.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Celebrating Louis Braille's birthday, Jan. 4th.
>>
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>> With thanks and regards
>>
>>
>> "I turned to speak to God
>>              About the world's despair;
>>              But to make bad matters worse
>>              I found God wasn't there."
>>
>>                                --Robert Frost
>>
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>> With thanks and regards
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>>
>> "I turned to speak to God
>>              About the world's despair;
>>              But to make bad matters worse
>>              I found God wasn't there."
>>
>>                                --Robert Frost
>>
>> (Rajesh Asudani)
>> Assistant General Manager
>> Reserve Bank of India
>> Nagpur
>> Cell: 9420397185
>> o: +91 712 2806846
>> R: 2591349
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