(Extract from Business Line article) Monday, Apr 23, 2007
Great to have a day dedicated to `celebrating reading'
To mark the occasion of World Book Day, Business Line sought to obtain the views of a few authors on what the day means to them.
Come electronic communication come Internet, books will go on forever. They are the lifeblood of a country's culture.
M. V. Kamath
To me, books are the next closest to living beings.
They speak to you, commiserate, understand... and so long as you respect them, they will stick by you.
They almost have a mind of their own!
The day means one must finish reading all those books one always meant to read like classics by Leo Tolstoy and the third Harry Potter or throw them out of the house and admit once and for all that you will never get around to reading them EVER. The day also means quoting from Pierre Bayard's bestseller How to Talk About Books That You Haven't Read.
It's great to have a day dedicated to `celebrating reading'. When we are living in the times of 300-plus TV Channels, DVDs, gaming and endless distractions, this can especially play a role in bringing back to children the importance of the written word. I can recall how the wonderful world of fantasy definitely enriched my own childhood!"
Nandita da Cunha