Nagpur: Inaugurating ‘Vachan Prerna Din” in the District Library here in the city on Oct 15, Thursday, renowned litterateur Dr Bhalchandra Kale said, “Reading of books is necessary for growth of knowledge.”
The decision to observe ‘Vachan Prerna Din’ across the state of Maharashtra was taken by Maharashtra government to mark the birth day of late Dr A P J Kalam.
The function was presided by District Information Officer Anil Thakre in the prominent presence of Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawade, writer Dr Shrikant Godbole, Dr Kale, information officer Sunita Godbole and others.
At the outset the traditional lamp was lighted at the hands of Dr Kale who then declared the event as inaugurated.
In his inaugural address, Dr Kale further said, “Reading increases knowledge and also provides platform for progress. There is no better option to derive joy than reading. Therefore, there is a need to inculcate among students, youngsters and the society the love for reading and interest for books.” He also informed the audience about the book ‘Tumhi Mahila Ahat’ written by himself. The theme of the book is based on the movement launched in England to provide higher positions to women.
Speaking on the occasion, Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawade said, “Real tribute to Dr A P J Kalam would be to present a book or books to an individual or any institution. I feel indebted to the District Library which has presented to me books to day, and I consider it a big reward to me.” He further said that reading culture should be enhanced, and for this, curiosity is a must. Books directly talk to the readers and shape their lives and increase their power of imagination, he added.
On this occasion, a regular reader of books, Murgalkar said, he has been a regular member of the District Library for past 20 years and he was greatly elated to be a part of inaugural function of Vachana Prerna Din. He urged all readers to read voraciously and increase their vocabulary.
Librarian Kavita Mahajn said, the books should be donated to the library for the good of others. She called on citizens to continue this practice.
Others also expressed their view to mark the day.