- Publisher: Artson Publishing House; First Edition edition (2016)
- ISBN-10: 9385792342
- ISBN-13: 978-9385792342
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ability On Wheels... Enabling Drivability (First Edition, 2016) Paperback – 2016
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"Ability on Wheels", penned by Harish Kumar, is an attempt to answer all the questions which come to the mind of any differently abled person when he dreams of buying a vehicle & driving on his own. This book also provides insights on safe driving, which are applicable to all & hence even people without disabilities can read this book & learn a lot of things about driving which they may have been ignorant of. Who is Harish Kumar? A Holder of two National Records in Limca Book of Records, Harish was born with an absence of right arm below the elbow. He did his schooling from a reputed school in Dehradun & went on to do his Masters in Science from IIT Roorkee & Masters in Technology from IIT Delhi. In 2012 he became the first physically challenged person in the country to successfully complete a Solo All India Driving Expedition thereby creating a new National Record in Limca Book of Records. What is "Ability on Wheels"? ABILITY ON WHEELS is an effort to encourage the specially abled people to take a big leap towards leading a normal life by providing mobility & accessibility services & solutions. As a first step towards this direction Ability on Wheels has launched a first of its kind in the country driving school exclusively for the differently abled using customized cars in Ahmedabad. This is the first book penned by Harish as an effort to spread awareness & provide useful information on disability & driving.
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This book is solely dedicated to all such people who have lost hopes that because of their disabilities they won't be able ever to achieve their dreams. This book is to boost the morale of all such people as the author himself is disabled but...but he is no less than a normal one and in fact by fulfilling his dream of driving despite being born with the absence of right arm he proved that nothing is impossible if you have strong desire to achieve something.
As someone rightly said that “I choose not to place "DIS", in my ability," Harish Kumar totally proved this statement through his book.
The book is enriched by personal experiences of Harish in his quest to prove that disability is only in mind. This book is about his story, the hurdles faced by him and how he overcame all the problems. I loved the way he included pictures, diagrams, and charts wherever there was a need.
A five star to this book and a salute to the Author for writing such a book on disability and also for inspiring so many lives.
I have to say that disability is primarily treated as 'dissing ability' in the world of majority of us 'able' folks. What we conveniently ignore, or choose to, is the fact that no one is bigger or lesser able except for the environment created by us. And, i feel very strongly, most of us carry a myopic view of ability as a whole. Many of us are disabled by our thoughts and actions whereas many of us are far more able in these very traits. Physical disability is only at best a limiting factor to a limited extent but easily overcome by other faculties and human will power.
Harish's book precisely demonstrates that, and does so in a simple and easy to relate-to manner. These are stories of strengths, and of decision-makers, like the Gujarat Government and its RTO officials, in leading the way for many others to emulate and set precedents for proactive action for all of us to build an equitable and honourable society.
I foresee Ability on Wheels 2.0 covering more success in policy framework, implementation and resolve for India towards its citizens. The passing of the Disability Act 2016 recently by Parliament is a step in that direction, but much more needs to be done, if we are to match standards set by many countries already.
AOW 2.0 should also be carrying legislation and RTO best practices from nations far ahead of ours, in giving equal rights and empowerment to our abled brothers and sisters.
Kudos to Soniya Kapoor of Artson Publishing House for having the courage to publish a not so very commercially viable book. As they say, it takes one step before the jouney begins. And so it has!
Regards Sandeep Jena
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