Rallies raising awareness about the abilities of the persons with disabilities has become an annual event in major cities of the country. “Car rally for the Blind” is the name of the rally which is going to take place in our city, Jaipur on 16th January, 2011 (Sunday) under Jaipur Heritage International Festival. This rally has been approved by FMSCI (Federation of Motor Sport Club of India).
The rules of normal traffic driving would be followed during the rally.
This unique car rally in which the sighted driver virtually becomes “blind” and his blind navigator becomes “sighted” works on the format called Time Distance and Speed (TDS format). Every time we help the blind cross the road, they put their ‘faith’ in us and the Blind Car rally is designed to ask us to put our ‘blind faith’ in their ‘navigational skills’ … using a Braille navigation chart. The tulip chart (driving instructions chart) is given in Braille which a sighted person cannot read. So the blind navigator reads out the instructions on the speed, directions, etc which guides the car through the streets of city to the finish.
There’ll be usually 3-4 people in each car, the driver, the blind navigator, the time keeper and sometimes, one more person who plays the role of the writer. The roles of the Driver, Blind Navigator, and Time keeper are pretty clear. The role of a writer is to write down all the instructions as they are read out by the blind and pass it on to the sighted navigator.
Eminent people from various streams of the city are participating in the innovative rally. It is proposed that a total of 40 to 45 cars will be participating in this rally. These cars will be decorated with stickers giving the messages and the names of sponsors.
The main objectives of this rally are:
- Bringing in awareness in the community about the abilities of the disabled people in their efforts towards social inclusion.
- Increase awareness and bring attitudinal change regarding people with disability in the community in and around Jaipur and other parts of the state and facilitate the creation of an enabling environment in the state.
Rally has been organized with the support of individuals, organizations engaged in making the life of persons with disability a life with dignity and respect where society accepts them as a human being considering their abilities. The technical support for the rally organization is from the motor sports club senior members lead by Mr. Sanjay Sankhla who have experience and zeal for organizing such events in past. Sightsavers and Eye Bank Society of Rajasthan along with individuals and organizations are coordinating the rally. Various organizations of blind people would also be participating in the event.
This drive of approximately 3-4 hour through the major roads and by lanes of the city will forge a unique bond between the drivers and their navigators.
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Traveling for some is a hobby; to some it is a break from monotonous life. Traveling is a job for some and traveling for lot of us is a passion. We all dream of traveling around the world one day. To explore the unexplored is what we all intend to do. But how many of us actually are doing a serious efforts to achieve our dreams ??
Meet Michael Pauluzzi and Marie Kuter, a French couple who were here in Jaipur recently during their World Tour 2010-2012. Yes you read it correctly; it’s a two-year tour that they are undergoing currently. During a holiday in New Zealand both of them realized to make life more happening and adventurous. This is where the thought of starting the world tour entered their mind. They always wanted to travel at leisure and as per their own time, hence the thought of travel by road. They developed a 3000cc, Land Rower Defender, made in Australia and bearing Australian number plate, into a mini caravan. Their vehicle today has its own mini-kitchen; a place to put two mattresses for sleeping and also keeps necessary items.
The trip started from New Zealand in January 2010 and they will be on the road for the next two years. They will complete their tour in 2012 at Norway. Starting from New Zealand, they have been to Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and then India. In India they have explored the hidden treasures of Chennai-Pondicherry-Mangalore-Goa-Mumbai-Lucknow-Agra-Fatehpur Sikri and now Jaipur.
They stayed at Devraj Niwas, beautiful boutique heritage hotel at Bani Park, Jaipur along with their parents who joined them on Christmas. The forts and palaces of vibrant Rajasthan allured the couple so much that according to them Rajasthan is amongst the ‘best’ places they have ever been to. They checked into the hotel for one night and eventually left the place after 4 nights. They head now towards Pushkar-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Iran-Turkey and so on.
Marie Kuter is a Graphic Designer and Michael Pauluzzi is working as a web designer. During the whole journey, the man would be driving the car and the lady, as she has been doing till now, would be assisting his man as a navigator. This enthusiastic couple is not using any GPS (Global Positioning System), they are totally dependent on manual maps. During their entire journey till now they have had only three punctures/ flat tires.
The couple is thoroughly enjoying their journey and that is exactly what they originally planned to do during this trip. This very friendly couple can be reached at
By Team Jaipur Beat