Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Reading the various opinions about Books I've decided to give them away to a small Library in the vicinity.I agree about most of children today not reading books any more------and when they do it's stuff like "Harry Potter"!!!
I grew up on a steady diet of Jane Austen,Charles Dickens,Robert Louis Stevenson,Daniel Defoe,Pearl S.Buck,Lin Yutang,Guy de Maupassant,Daphne du Maurier,Margaret Mitchell----to name a few.We were an innocent lot----early years were spent reading Enid Blyton and A.A. Milne----progressing to Mark Twain and Rudyard Kipling,G.A.Henty and finally coming of age with more serious stuff!!!Somerset Maugham and John Steinbeck followed-----and besides these there were the Indian writers too-----Rabindranath Tagore,R.K. Narayanan,Ruskin Bond and Kamala Markandeyain English, Munshi Premchand in Hindi and C.V.Joshi and P.L.Deshpande in Marathi----the language was simple but exquisite and the content par excellence!!!My vivid imagination conjured up the period and I lived the stories------reading through the cold Winter nights till the wee hours of the morning-----living,laughing,weeping and identifying totally with the characters!!!!!These bestowed on me a far greater expanse of Knowledge in it's purest form-----moulded, taught and educated me to become the person I am today.I acknowledge these Friends---my books---as being as real a part of my Life as my Parents and my environment----they broadened my horizon by opening up a magnificent vista of the World before my eyes.
Both my daughters and my grand daughter are avid Book readers------they too are thirsty for the Treasure trove of Knowledge and entertainment that books alone can give-----and they too like me read a wide variety of only English Literature.My favourite books include books in Hindi and Marathi---many of which I read and re-read innumerable times!!!I know a lot of my favourite books very well and parting with them will be a very hard and painful thing for me----many are the hours I've spent searching for these in the Book Shops---- on the pavements-----through the post-----each and every book and I share a deep bond of kinship!!!
However now they will have to go-----to a new home where they will be loved and cared for----and where they will spread their magic into young tender minds eager and thirsting for Knowledge!!!