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How to make reading a regular habit: lecture delivered on 17th March

I delivered a lecture on “How to make reading a regular habit” on 17th March at Government First Grade College, HSR Layout, Bengaluru.

This Huge statue of Hanuman welcomed me at the entrance of HSR Layout

What an enthusiasm among students! The lecture was bilingual, i.e., in Kannada as well as in English.  I found it very unique for the simple reason that the entire event was organized and managed by the students, which is very rare to find in a college running undergraduate courses.

Hosting the event, invocation, welcome, proposing thanks, photography, hospitality – everything was managed by students.  Kudos to the Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff of this college who have nurtured the students’ skills.

Watching the introductory remarks by a student

The objective of the lecture was to make students appreciate the benefits of reading and understand its importance in life.  I drew out the differences between data, information, knowledge and wisdom.  Reading is a complex congnitive process and a means of language acquisition.

Principal Dr. Vidya S Naik welcomed me

I shared my ideas on the types of reading:

  • Academic or research-oriented reading
  • Recreational Reading
  • Factual reading (reading for information or facts)

Lecture starts off

People who are more inclined towards academic or research-oriented reading are more likely to find careers in Science, Technology, Education.  Those inclined towards recreational reading are likely to be more creative and imaginative and hence, seek such fields as Arts, Cinema, Literature.  Persons with inclination towards factual reading tend to fare well in Statistics, Surveying, Journalism, Media, Commerce, Marketing, and Diplomacy.

Interaction goes on…

Thanks to the Principal Dr. Vidya S. Naik and Librarian Ms. Nirmala for the opportunity.

5Dr. Vidya in her summarizing remarks

It is important to detect one’s inner reading inclinations early in life in order to find a befitting and successful career.  It is possible to make reading a regular habit only when one considers it as a basic need next only to air, water, food, clothing and shelter. The different cognitive domains of the mind, viz., knowledge, experience, intuition, intelligence, and logic blend better to give ‘wisdom’.  Reading makes a person wise.

I concluded saying that the role of libraries in promoting reading is pivotal.  The ultimate aim of libraries is to make people wise.  Means are many, but the end is one.

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