Ranchhod Sees
the World


3D Printed Illustrated Tactile Picture Book for Children

Embossed Version of the Book


Ranchhod Sees the World is the first ever inspirational illustration picture book for the visually impaired community. This book explores many different concepts, methods, and materials in its making. Based on a real-life story of Ranchhod Soni, an Indian teacher, this story revolves around the plot of a curious village boy who in spite of his visual impairment, has found his own way of learning new things and discovering the world. This book focuses not only on inspiring and educating children, but is a relevant example for others as it transcends the barrier which sight sometimes raises for the visually impaired community. It also acts as an inspiring picture storybook for one and all.


Nupur Agarwal

3D Printed Book Sheets



Embossed Book Page



The book is a brainchild of Ms. Nupur Agarwal. While pursuing her Masters at CEPT University in 2014, Nupur had worked on a tactile picture book for visually impaired children. She visited blind schools in India, met with the teachers and students to gain a deeper understanding of how the visually impaired community see the world.

She felt and expressed the need that reading can be a more enriching experience than what it was for the visually impaired community. What started as a college assignment, became her motivation soon. Nupur wished to bring the world of visuals to the VI community and wanted to spark the love for reading that would last with them for a lifetime. So she began working on a single book issue titled “Ranchhod Sees the World”.

She conceptualized the story and the illustrations, then undertook intense research to find the best materials, braille text and other methods available. Initially, she created the entire book manually with the use of thread as the primary material. Whereas the braille story and legends were printed with the help of an old braille typewriter used by the VI community.

Material Exploration – Thread, Embossing Pen and Engraving.


Material Exploration – Paper Pulp, Sand, Wax and Embossing.

While doing her research, Nupur heard a lot of stories and found the one that interested her the most. It was a story of a blind teacher, Mr. Ranchhod Soni. His journey and his life as a whole seemed like a story waiting to be told. She realized much later that there have been many documentaries made on Mr. Soni’s inspirational life story that further helped her with the research.

As the character was finalized, she started working on the storytelling and went through the process of capturing the story, rhyming it, reading it, and imagining it from a child’s perspective. This book was named – “Ranchhod Sees the World”, a tactile picture book for the visually impaired children.

Old Version of the Book

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