“I cannot see the road but know the route – my driver can see the road but doesn’t know the route,” says Payal Sharma, a teacher by profession, who took part in the recently held Car Rally for Blind in Ahmedabad.
Sunday was special for Round Table and Blind People’s Association (BPA) – organisers of the event – as it was the 25th edition of the rally, one of the highest for any city in India hosting such events.
The idea originated in Mumbai in mid-1990s with the National Association for the Blind (NAB), and over the years is organised in Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, etc.
Primary purpose of the event is to bring the drivers – coming from various walks of life – to the blind navigators. It’s a rare peek for both the navigator and driver into each other’s worlds. The route is printed in Braille on the sheets given to the navigators just ahead of the rally, and even the navigators are assigned through draw so that there are no static teams over the years.