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Dear Reader… (Big Story, August 04) was a good survey which, among other facts, showed how many Indians read books. Most of the people are now not in the habit of reading books or newspapers.

india Updated: Aug 10, 2013 23:50 IST

If you want to get smart, keep reading
Dear Reader… (Big Story, August 04) was a good survey which, among other facts, showed how many Indians read books. Most of the people are now not in the habit of reading books or newspapers. This is because they prefer to watch television or browse through the Internet. Lately, there has been a surge in mobile-based applications, mainly for gaming, and this has also led to the decline of people reading books. Gone are the times when people read books during their leisure time — now they prefer to talk or chat on the phone. The quick pace of life has also led to this sorry state of affairs. The invasion of technology has also led to more people shunning books for gizmos. There is a need to inculcate the habit of reading in children. The importance of books cannot be overlooked in the development of a smarter generation.
Kamal Anil Kapadia, Mumbai

Make way for fresh initiatives
This refers to Get a life in Kashmir (Chanakya, August 04). The people of Jammu & Kashmir prefer peace and prosperity above all. By repeatedly turning out in large numbers for elections the people of the state have sent out a clear message to the political class that they want to see change and will not bow down to the threats issued by separatists. Peace in the Valley is good news for the whole nation. The state and central governments have the responsibility to respect the sentiments of the people.
P Senthil Saravana Durai, Mumbai

II
Kashmir has been and will remain an integral part of India and it is our duty to bring to light the aspirations of the youth who feel disconnected from the economic emergence of this nation. Politicians and leaders like Syed Ali Geelani, through their polarising views, act as a major impediment in integrating the state with the rest of India. However, the all-girl band ‘Pragaash’ and the selection of Parvez Rasool to the Indian cricket team are proof that things are changing for the better.
Sanjeev Jaggi, via email

The right recipe for a teacher
With regard to Manas Chakravarty’s A taste for teaching (Loose Canon, August 04), it is a fact that a teacher is asked all sorts of stupid questions that have no relevance to the job he/she is to do. School teachers are asked to prepare and supervise the mid-day meal scheme in schools, instead of letting them concentrate on their job, which is to educate children. Even the Allahabad High Court had come to the rescue of the teachers and said that the teachers’ job is to teach and not to supervise cooking. It is shameful that things are in such a mess.
RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

II
The thoughts express by Chakarvarty on the mid-day meal scheme are hilarious. However, though it is true that teachers have to supervise the mid-day meal scheme, he has exaggerated the whole scenario. In a school where there are a few staff members, one needs to dedicate only very little time in a week towards the mid-day meal. Is spending a few minutes a week too long a time if it means that the lives of poor children can be changed?
Sujata Grover, Bathinda

Give language a different twist
Karan Thapar in The pun in Punjabi (Sunday Sentiments, August 04) has given a few good illustrations of how a language is twisted, particularly elaborating the use of words ‘complete’ and ‘finish’ and ‘nitrates’. Every person prefers to speak a language he/she is comfortable with and with which thoughts can be expressed most fluently.
CP Chinda, New Delhi

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