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Bibu Gangadhar, a lawyer who has been blind since birth, addressed a small gathering at the inauguration of the digital audio library for the blind at L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI):
Thanks to LVPEI's Rehabilitation Centre, I was able to pursue my higher education. Being blind, I am aware of the limitations of Braille. But when I first walked into LVPEI ten years back, I was given selfless support for my education. I would give any textbook or reference book and the volunteers here would record it for me. With these, I could do my own research. I won a gold medal in my LLB and went on to do LLM with honors [LLB and LLM denote bachelor's and master's degrees in law, respectively]. LVPEI has had a great hand in settling me.
Bibu is a shining example of triumph over disability: a top-ranking law student, a senior government employee, and a proud father. This was indeed a proud moment for Dr Gullapalli N. Rao, founder and chairman of LVPEI, and an illustration of his vision and mission. In Dr Rao's words,
Our single-minded determination was to create an institute that will play a leadership role in the combat against global blindness. The institute would also have an impact on the local community directly by providing eye care services, and indirectly by the training of eye care personnel.
In this two-volume biography of 1846, Indian diplomat and author Mohan Lal (1812–77) describes the life of Amir Dost Mohammed Khan (1793–1863), the ruler of Afghanistan. The work also includes an eye-witness account of the disastrous First Anglo-Afghan War. Lal, who was attached to the British mission to Kabul, had prepared an account in English and Persian which was lost during the chaos of the war, but he later put the story together again. In his Preface, Lal apologises to the reader for his abundant errors both in grammar and idiom and explains that anecdotes about the Amir's adventures and morals were generally communicated to him second-hand. However, the book, which contains illustrations and draws personal correspondence, is a fascinating account of the ruler himself and of his political dealings with the English, Russian and Persian governments at the time of the 'Great Game' in Central Asia.