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KOLKATA: Thousands of priceless books, newspapers and periodicals had to be hastily evacuated from the language division of Bhasa Bhavan at the National Library on Tuesday morning after the room was inundated by water leaking from the air-conditioning plant and rainwater pouring in through broken window panes.
Though the extent of damage is yet to be ascertained, it raises uncomfortable questions about how such waterlogging happened in the state-ofthe-art building constructed a decade ago and why it was detected so late. The original building is over 200 years old.
Libraries are still in vogue even in this era of tabs and Kindles. It still is the favourite destination for bookworms. The increasing memberships in major libraries show that the libraries are here to stay.
The reading habit of the members have witnessed significant change over the years and libraries too have updated themselves to meet their requirements. In most of the libraries in the suburbs and rural areas, Malayalam pulp fiction used to top the list among the books which were borrowed. “But now, even in the suburbs, new-gen writers and all time classics from all over the world and books translated to Malaylam by writers of other Indian languages are borrowed by many,” says Syam Dinakar, Thrikkakkara.
Among Malayalam writers, novels by M T Vasudevan Nair, Madhavikkutty, O V Vijayan, M Mukundan, Thakazhy, Lalithambika Antharjanam, S K Pottakkad, VKN and Basheer still remain the most preferred choice. “But we cannot say that the demand for Malayalam pulp fiction has come down. Still many prefer these books,” he added.
From Muttathu Varkey to Mezhuveli Babuji, Malayalam pulp fiction wing is still strong. Some of the best read pulp fiction novels by Mathew Mattam, Joycee, Sudhakar Mangalodhayam, Batten Bose, Kottayam Pushpanath and Ettumanoor Sivakumar, K V Anil and Kamala Govind are still hot among the readers
Chandigarh, May 9 (PTI) An e-library was inaugurated today at Neemka Jail in Faridabad.
The e-library was inaugurated today by the Haryana Director General of Prisons Yashpal Singhal. It has been set up by India Vision Foundation (IVF) and G-Fore Group at the jail in Faridabad, a release said here.