17 June, 2021

Excuse Me While I Kiss The Sky

India’s first blind paraglider’s vision is giving wings to dreams of differently abled

Excuse Me While I Kiss The Sky
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Wind in the hair, first brush with underwater marine life, happy exhaustion on reaching the top of a fort, paragliding through a breathtaking mountain range, zooming across the finish line of a marathon: imagine, if you can, all these moments with visually impaired, differently-abled and paraplegic people as participants/performers.

Because adventure sport is seen as something tough even for able-bodied people, its attraction to others is squar­ely denied in a country like India where the differen­tly abled are still fighting for dign­ity, basic rights and ramps in public places.

However, for the past year-and-a-half, Adventures Beyond Barriers by Divyanshu Ganatra (India’s first blind paragli­der) and his team have been organising...

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