At a press conference at Patrakar Bhavan, Pune on Monday 22nd March 2010, Nirmalya Trust launched the 1st edition of the Braille version of 'Maher'. Maher is a Marathi monthly magazine known for its quality reading material. The monthly issues and especially the Diwali edition is the first choice of the Marathi reading population all over the world.
Mrs. Meena Bedarkar, founder and managing trustee of Nirmalya Trust, handed over the first Braille copy of the Maher March 2010 “womens day special” issue to Mrs. Swati Chitnis, owner of Menaka Prakashan.
With the total cooperation of Mrs. Swati Chitnis, the visually impaired will now have access to this rich heritage every month. The cost of printing the magazine in Braille is approximately Rs.360/- per issue. However, Nirmalya Trust will print the Braille version every month and make it available to all interested persons/institutions, absolutely free of cost. To make this distribution possible, Nirmalya Trust is looking towards society for financial support.
At the press conference, Mrs. Swati Chitnis announced that soft-copies of books published by Menaka Prakashan over the years will also be made available to Nirmalya Trust for transcription into Braille.