KATHMANDU: Nepal Bharat Library and Shuvarambha — The musical Journey organised a write and recite programme on the occasion of World book day on April 23. Participating litterateurs urged youths to get into the habit of reading books regularly.
On the occasion Prakash Sayami, writer/film maker and organiser of the programme, urged all Nepali youths get into reading books saying, “Books are a source of energy but we Nepalis don’t have the habit of reading books.”
He also pointed out the government is also not promoting this sort of events.
“I talked with the Prime Minister about organising a formal programme from the government’s side on the occasion of World Book Day but he didn’t give priority to it,” claimed Sayami.
Writer Jagdish Chandra Ghimire, who was the chief guest, giving an example of Spain shared, “I’ve heared that in Spain girls give books to boys as gift. Now it’s our turn to follow this practice in our country.”
Poet Geeta Tripathee also requested the Nepali youth to promote the reading culture saying, “Reading books enlightens the art of living.”
The programme also saw writers give short talks on books — their own or someone else’s: Tripathee on her book Nrishnsha Parkhalharu, Om Shrestha on his book Bhram Marg, Kishor Pahadi on Amrita Pritam’s impact on Nepali story, and Sanat Kumar Basti on Sahir Ludhiyanavi’s Ghazal.
[Source: The Himalayan Times]