'Language is a vehicle and not destination': Shashi Tharoor
Dr Shashi Tharoor, acclaimed author and Member of Parliament has said that he is not a stranger to the joy of words as he read voraciously. It is important to read for pleasure and that is why books have an important place in my life. He was speaking at the NBT Foundation Day Lecture on Books and Reading in today's India at the Constitution Club, New Delhi.
Reflecting on his evolution as writer, he said that he started writing when he was eight years old and published his first book when he was twelve.
His parents encouraged him. Looking at contemporary Indian with growing competition in the industry the books that are appealing to the youth like pulp fiction and the books for discerning readers should be published.
He also talked about the challenges to inculcate reading habit amongst people especially young people. He said young would have to make an attempt to read.
Appreciating the NBT's effort by translating books in other Indian languages, he said ,"Language is a vehicle and not destination".
It is noted that to mark the 55th Foundation Day, National Book Trust, has initiated an annual lecture series with eminent scholars, intellectuals, litterateurs and the others who have made significant contributions to the world of publishing.
It is hoped that this series of lectures will extend the debate on the importance and promotion of books and reading in today's context to the public domain and bring in critical thinking.
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