When Sipra Das first envisaged a book that would capture the lives of the visually impaired, she did not want it to inspire the usual blend of sympathy and pity, instead she wanted the book to evoke a sense of awe and empathy. The book presents the stories of individuals who have survived to not only pursue their interest but also excel at it. Sangeeta, the daughter of an iron trader in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, is sightless but she runs a residential school for the visually impaired and is also the brains behind Shubham, an NGO dedicated to help poor children in the neighbouring villages. Like her, there are several others who have shown tremendous perseverance in their lives. It is their story that is told in this book. In The Light Within: A Different Vision of Life, readers get a glimpse of such lives which inspire one to look at life in a new way.