New Delhi. "Media and the Internet have developed people's interest in books. With books, you upgrade yourself. I believe that books serve as a medicine for the soul", declared eminent storyteller and writer Dr Alpana Mishra in a programme organized by the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC).
Expressing her views on the 'Culture of Reading', Dr Alpana Mishra said that the tradition of reading is deep-rooted in India. The libraries of Nalanda and Takshashila were part of our same knowledge tradition. She said that books are full of knowledge, but a reader needs the integrity to read them.
Dr Alpana Mishra said that reading is an important aspect of human activity. The culture of reading has played a significant role in forging collective and individual consciousness. The culture of reading has been pivotal in the expansion of modernity from Europe to Asia. She said that books also facilitate personality building and language enhancement.
Dr Alpana Mishra quoted “Reading is communicating’’; All books speak, but a good book also knows how to listen. She said that the reader is not a consumer. The reader is the creator of the words, and he reconstructs the author's creation. In her opinion, despite the technological advancement, the printing of books has not stopped yet. Even today, people like to read physical books instead of e-books. Books are essential to understand society, solve our problems and sometimes they suggest a new path, she added.
On this occasion, the Director-General of IIMC Prof. Sanjay Dwivedi said that the culture of reading is under question today. In the current education system, children place more emphasis on rote learning. Therefore, we should try to develop a culture of reading among children.
In an earlier programme on Vasant Panchami, Director-General of IIMC, Prof. Sanjay Dwivedi, paid tribute to Goddess Saraswati and asked for blessings of happiness, peace and prosperity for all. The IIMC Library too organized a talk to celebrate the birth anniversary of poet Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’.