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World of words

If you thought dictionaries were all about words, Central Book Store's colossal collection will change your opinion

Photo: K Ramesh Babu

USING APPROPRIATE words at appropriate places is an acquired skill, the proficiency of which can catapult one to great heights of success. While a dictionary alone may not be entirely responsible to harvest such a skill, its singular role in increasing one's vocabulary cannot be surpassed by any other source.

Leaf through that faithful fat book, and you're instantly transported to the wonderful world of words, a treasure trove that is as deep as one can delve. And the joy of discovering new words is something else.

"A faithful dictionary is like a good, old friend with whom one can spend hours on end without noticing time go by," says R. Hanumanth Rao, proprietor, Central Book Store that is playing host to a 10-day long exhibition on dictionaries. `The grandest of exhibitions' as it is called - has over a thousand titles by more than 50 world-renowned publishers and book houses, including Oxford, Cambridge, Longman, Chambers, Webster's, NTC, Collins, Bloomsbury and Macmillan among others.

Browsing through the subjects, it appears that the definition of a dictionary has changed over the years. That a dictionary is not just meant to enrich the vocabulary but is actually a massive storehouse of knowledge is evident from the books on display.

There are dictionaries on almost every conceivable subject under the sun, - - from philosophy, politics, science, information technology, sex education, music, geography, dreams, Indian and foreign languages, idioms and phrases, social sciences, marketing and engineering, law and an endless list of areas to choose from.

Quite a few subject areas are unheard of like, people and places, religions, scientists, Shakespeare, First names, American slang, quotations, mythology, Fact-finders, dictionaries on countries and continents. The price points vary from Rs. 20 for a matchbox-sized dictionary to Rs. 10,000 for the mammoth The Atlas of the World."We are offering a discount of 10-15 per cent on all dictionaries during the exhibition," says Rao. The idea is to create an awareness about the vast varieties of dictionaries available today, he adds.

The sale is on till July 18 (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) at the Central Book Store [(Old Gangarams) 62 D, Happy Trade Centre, Clock Tower, Secunderabad.


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