The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1995 dedicated April 23rd to be celebrated as the International Day of the Book / World Book and Copyright Day to promote reading, publishing and copyright. This day stands significant as it marks the birth and death anniversary of Sir William Shakespear and the death anniversaries of Sir Inca Garcilaso de le Vega and Sir Miguel de Cervantes, history’s very imminent writers.
This day is dedicated to encouraging reading across all age-groups and in all institutions and libraries. We often complain of being engulfed with so much work on hand that we find a little time to do things that fulfil our interests. While most of us may not be into the habit of reading, it is hands-down one of the most common interests you’d get to hear of when you interact with people.
How is the International Day of the Book 2020 more special?
With most of us self-quarantining and secluding ourselves to our homes in this frame of time, it gives us scope to do at least one of those activities that interest us which we were perhaps missing out on, should we choose to plan our time rightly. Work from home could get quite stressful and does take most of your time but you could still squeeze in time to do what you love most for your emotional well-being.
Human beings are designed to work and be productive. This does not require us to do hardcore labour or to go outside of our homes to achieve it. You could very-well stay indoors and still be productive. Do your own chores, take a break to read a passage from your favourite book, do that sketch who have long been postponing etc. But lazing around, spending large chunks of our times on gaming or watching movies is quite a destructive use of precious time.
Reading is one of the ways you add to your intellectual growth by spending your precious time.
A book not only tells you a story but gives you insight into the mind of the writer. It transports you to another time-frame and destination whilst still being at the same time and in the same place.
Reading is the root of knowledge. Any form of reading regardless of its source, how little or in-depth be its extent, is never wasted. It either educates you, entertains you, actively supports you or just passively stays part of that portion of knowledge that’s perhaps absolutely useless to you; still giving you the power of making a choice. The power of choosing good or bad, to keep it part of the information that might be useful or useless to you or to plainly entertain you.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay famously quoted “Books have the unique ability to entertain and to teach. They are a means of exploring realms beyond our personal experience through exposure to different authors, universes and cultures, and a means of accessing the deepest recesses of our inner selves”. True indeed and perhaps the only way we can transport our-self from our home during this period of quarantine!
Today we at the MVM Group of Institutions have joined in to celebrate the enjoyment of reading. Some of our faculty who are passionate about reading have joined in to share with our readers one from their personal collection (certainly a difficult choice to make).
Make time to enlighten yourself today with the joy of reading. Choose your favourite book/your article of interest and grab a mug of hot beverage to set the mood. Happy World Book and Copyright Day!