the everyday miracle of nature -the growth of a seed. Planted
deep into the soil and nurtured, it blossoms from a slender
sapling at first, to a massive giant of the forest, with its
spreading branches offering cool, green shade and welcome
shelter to man and beast alike.
Such a seed, such an idea took root 42 years ago in the mind
of a young man, Tukaram Sahadev Bamankar,
blind himself, but blessed with an inner vision and a burning
desire to bring to his blind brethren the light of knowledge
and the skills to work.
He is the founder of THE POONA BLIND MEN'S ASSOCIATION
(PBMA), established in 1952 in a tiny room at 82,
Rasta Peth, Pune. Later, he was joined by two other visually
impaired men, Mr. Nanabhoy Mancherji Merchant and Mr. Niranjan Prashankar Pandya. Together the team of three built up PBMA
to its present structure and status.