I have just finished Gurucharan Das’s colum in TOI – What are you reading these days? and I could relate to it so much.
He talks about libraries(or rather the lack of them) in India.
Having lived in the UK for the last 4 years, I am really looking forward to going back to India but there is one thing that I will really really miss. Libraries.. I literally cannot live without books. Living in the UK has been paradise in that regard. Access to books has never been easier. Here I can borrow upto 20 books at a time and reserve books online. At one point in time, I used to browse the NY Times bestsellers list and just reserve them on my library account online. Libraries here being part of the free services provided by the government.
I would love to be able to see this happenning in India – but I guess it would be too much expect when our government is finding it difficult to even provide primary education to every child. Still, I would like to hope that ‘change’ will one day come to India.