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Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday launched a 100-day reading campaign titled 'Padhe Bharat' in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which emphasises on the promotion of joyful reading culture among children by ensuring availability of age-appropriate reading books in any language.
Launching the campaign, the minister underlined the importance of reading habit that children need to develop to ensure continuous and lifelong learning.
He said the habit of reading, if inculcated at an early age, helps in brain development, enhances imagination and provides a conducive learning environment for children.
Pradhan emphasised that reading is the foundation of learning, which motivates students to read books independently, develops creativity, critical thinking, vocabulary and the ability to express both verbally and in writing.
It helps children relate to their surroundings and real-life situations, he added.
Pradhan also stressed the need to create an enabling environment in which students read for pleasure and develop their skills through a process that is enjoyable and sustainable and which remains with them for life.
He also shared the names of the five books that he picked to begin reading. He encouraged everyone to adopt the habit of reading books and urged all to share what they are reading along with suggestions.
Also read: New Education Policy 2019: Hope for Better Future
The 'Padhe Bharat' campaign will focus on children studying in nursery to Grade 8. The reading campaign will be organised for 100 days (14 weeks) from January 1 to April 10.
The campaign aims to have the participation of all the stakeholders at the national and state level, including children, teachers, parents, educational administrators etc.
One activity per week per group has been designed with focus on making reading enjoyable and building a lifelong association with the joy of reading. The campaign has also been aligned with the vision and goals of the foundational Literacy and Numeracy Mission.
The 100-day reading campaign will focus on Indian languages, including mother tongue, local, and regional languages. (IANS/PR)
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Who doesn't like reading, and that, too, reading along the company of mother nature? Well, this book club is truly a fantasy turned to reality.
As said by a regular reader at the Silent Book Club, “There is something meditative about reading. Sitting quietly with a book, without any distractions, is almost spiritual for me," this exactly is the case with many such readers.
In fact, many people say that because of their busy schedules, they hardly find any time to read. And also, those who used to read for hours, now get easily distracted by the constant pinging of social media notifications.
Those who used to read for hours, now get easily distracted by the constant pinging of social media notifications. Photo by Pixabay.
So, seeing the need to spread awareness about the significance of reading, Rachna Kalra, who hails from Gurugram (Haryana), started the Silent Book Club in the year 2019.
In a statement, she said, “I read about this concept and it appealed to me. As I grow older, I would rather sit and enjoy a book I love than skim through book recommendations."
Interestingly, the original club was founded by Guinevere de la Mare and Laura Gluhanich in San Francisco. But later on, the club established multiple chapters across the globe because of its significant objective and relatability.
Well, there is no doubt that reading is something which opens up the gates different worlds, and hence, with this motive, this club was established in Delhi-NCR.
The members of this club met at Sidecar in Greater Kailash-2 for the first time. “The best part about the club is that we don't have a theme. We create an environment where you can just come and read. Anyone can bring a book - an e-book, even a comic - and read it, as long as they have their phones kept aside to avoid distraction. No one is forced to read anything they do not like" said Kalra, founder of the Silent Book Club.
Now, selecting the place for meet is one of the most important steps, and the club's favourite winter meeting space is the Capital's Sunder Nursery.
In an environment of greenery and constant chirping of the birds, the members of the club remain in peaceful silence and keep reading their respective books.
Tentatively, the next meeting will take place on December 18 at the Sunder Nursery.
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As Hinduism is a unique religion, it must be understood in an efficient manner. Therefore, in order to understand the practices and concepts related to the religion, read the below mentioned books written by renowned authors.
Hinduism: Beliefs and Practices by Jeaneane Fowler
To start with knowing and understanding Hinduism, this is one of the basic books. In this book, the author views Hinduism as a way of life and a major Indian phenomena, and most importantly, all the beliefs and practices which are associated with this religion. All-in-all, this book is an eye-opener, and throws light on a lot of concepts and myths related to Hinduism.
An Introduction to Hinduism by Gavin Flood
This book throws light on the historical and thematic introduction related to Hinduism. At the same time, this book traces the development of the religion from the ancient origin to its modern structure. One of the specialty of this book is that it lays stress on rituals and southern influence on Hinduism.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism by Linda Johnsen, Jody P. Schaeffer, and David Frawley
Considered as one of the ideal books on Hinduism, it offers an outstanding introduction and overview of the religion. Not only this, but this book also explains various practices and beliefs related to Hinduism, and also includes tales from history and literature to interest the reader more. All-in-all, this book tells about Hinduism in a very candid manner.
The Hindu Mind by Bansi Pandit
This book is written by keeping in mind the history of Hinduism. Not only this, but this book also talks about the fundamentals of Hindu religion, philosophy related to it, and beliefs and practices related to the religion. Clearly, this book is written in a very systematic manner, keeping in mind all the aspects of Hinduism.
Am I a Hindu? by Ed Vishwanathan
Interestingly, this whole book is written in the form of dialogues. In this book, the conversation is happening between father and son, and the father answers his son's every question which is related to Hinduism only. This book is written in a very simple manner as the reader can easily read the question and then its answer, and easily understand about Hinduism.
Keywords: Hinduism, Books, Authors, Religion
Children's publishing house Karadi Tales has brought out an illustrated book to raise awareness about the oldest group of reptiles, turtles through a story happening on the ecologically fragile Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&NI). Authored by Pankaj Sekhsaria, a long time researcher of the A&NI, the book also enlightens readers about the Islands and the various environmental issues surrounding turtles through its informative back matter, a release from Karadi Tales said.
The story is illustrated exquisitely by Vipin Sketchplore, it said.
'Waiting for Turtles' is Sekhsaria's first book for children. An environmental researcher, he has earlier written 'The Last Wave' and 'Islands in the Flux' among others. The story unfolds on the small island of Tarmugli in the Mahatma Gandhi National Park in the Andamans. Protagonist Samrat is accompanying Seema, his turtle researcher mother, in the hope of seeing his first nesting Green sea turtle that nests on the beaches here. There is disappointment for Samrat but there is also a surprise...," the release said.
Through the story, the book sets out to raise awareness about the oldest group of reptiles, turtles. It also enlightens readers about the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the various environmental issues surrounding turtles through the informative back matter, the release said.
Through the story, the book sets out to raise awareness about the oldest group of reptiles, turtles. Photo by David Troeger on Unsplash
"The book beautifully captures Samrat's excitement about the magic of turtle nesting and will inspire children to think of studying and working in this field of science. The illustrations on every page take you to the shores of Tarmugli Island, where you can almost see the stars and feel the breeze. This is experiencing nature vicariously. A must-read for every child!" said Director, Environment Education, WWF-India, Radhika Suri. It has also been published in translation in Hindi by Karadi Tales with support of the Dakshin Foundation and in Telugu by Manchi Pustakam. (IANS/ MBI)
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