Media and the Internet have developed people’s interest in the books. With books, you upgrade yourself. I believe that books serve as a medicine for the soul”, said eminent storyteller and writer Dr. Alpana Mishra on Tuesday in ‘Vasant Parv’, a programme organized the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). On this occasion, the Director General of IIMC Prof. Sanjay Dwivedi, Additional Director General K. Satish Namboodiripad, Additional Director General (Training) Mamta Verma and Dean (Academics) Prof. Govind Singh were present.
Expressing her views on the ‘Culture of Reading’, Dr. 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. India has given the world the tradition of reading. She said that books are full of knowledge but a reader needs to have an integrity to read them.
Dr. Alpana Mishra said that reading is an important aspect of human activity. The ‘culture of reading’ has played an important role in forging collective and individual consciousness. The ‘culture of reading’ has been pivotal in the expansion of modernity from Europe to Asia. According to Mishra, books help in recovering from mental disorders of a person, and even release a person’s frustrations. She said that books also facilitate personality building and language enhancement.
Dr. Mishra quoted that “Reading is actually communicating’’. All books speak, but a good book also knows how to listen. She said that the reader can never be seen as a consumer. The reader is the creator of the words and he basically reconstructs the author’s creation. According to Dr. Mishra, despite the technological advancement, 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 being questioned today. In the current education system, children are placing more emphasis on rote learning. Therefore, a culture of reading has to be necessarily developed among children. Prof. Dwivedi said that all the major roles in Indian culture have been given to women. We talk about worshiping women however; we do not show the same respect in actual behaviour. There is a need to change this thinking, in which books can be influential.
The programme was moderated Vishnupriya Pandey and Dr. Pratibha Sharma extended the vote of thanks.
Earlier, another programme was organized on the occasion of Vasant Panchami in which Director General of IIMC Prof. Sanjay Dwivedi worshiped Maa Saraswati and took blessings of happiness, peace and prosperity for all. During the programme a lecture was also organized the Library of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mahakavi Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’, which was addressed Dean (Academics) Prof. Govind Singh.