Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Jnanpith laureate, has said that the book remains the most valuable thing for human beings.

He was inaugurating the valedictory function of the International Book Fair organised by DC Books here on Tuesday.

He said the experience of reading stood apart. Though audio and video books were now available, seeing the book remained a unique experience.

The knowledge of modern man was full only through books.

He said the small State of Kerala had more than 4,000 libraries. The reading culture of Keralites was well known. There were many great writers in Oriya language. But their books were not sold in bulk in their own State. But these writers were surprised when the Malayalam translations of their works were sold out in large numbers.

Unlike the visual media, the relationship between a reader and a writer was a 50:50 partnership. It was the responsibility of the writer to perform in view of his or her 50 per cent. The reader also felt that the 50 per cent of the book belonged to him or her. Reading helped in the expansion of minds of human beings, he said.

The popularity of the Harry Potter series showed that children were eager to read. “We should take books to them,” he said.

A.K. Lohitadas, film maker, delivered the Padmarajan Memorial Lecture. Anup Kuruvilla John, City Police Commissioner, and Ravi Deecee, chief executive officer, DC Books, spoke.