Nourish mind with reading, says Baby

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Reading has the potential to transform an individual, Education Minister M.A. Baby has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating the World Book Day celebrations organised by the State Institute for Children’s Literature, in association with the Mahila Samakhya Society, here on Thursday.

“By the time a person completes reading a book, he/she will be a totally changed individual,” Mr. Baby said. The change begins when the person starts reflecting on what he/she has read.

“Reading is like eating. It helps to enrich your mind with the necessary nutrients,” he told the participating students.

Reading provides an individual with historical insight as he/she comes face to face with the author through the pages of the book, he said.

Breaking the formality of the session, Mr. Baby interacted with the participants enquiring them about their favourite writers. And names from Arthur Conan Doyle and Thakazhi to S.K. Pottekatt and Vaikom Mohammed Basheer were heard.

Reading Basheer will help one gain a better understanding of the society in which we live, he told the students.

Pledge to read

The Minister urged the students to take a pledge that they would not go to sleep without reading at least a paragraph a day. “It is immaterial what you read. It can be a magazine or a newspaper, but you will certainly gain something out of it,” he said.

Though centring his talk mostly on the benefits of reading, the Minister highlighted the need for students to transform their neighbourhood by cultivating vegetables.

The event marked the distribution of books brought out by the institute to the participants. Rubin D’Cruz, director of the institute, presided. V. Sivankutty, MLA, was present.

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