Date :28-Mar-2020

THE mandatory lockdown in the country to break the chain of coronavirus spread has opened up various avenues for the people to keep themselves engaged. While television shows, on-line movies and over-the-top platforms have seen a surge in viewership, a silent but heartening change has also seeped into the society. More and more are going back to books, to old classics and treasure trove of yesteryear. There is no companion like a book and keeping this golden adage in mind even the National Book Trust (NBT) has opened its collection providing select and best-selling titles for free download. Over 100 books in various languages covering all genres are available for readers. This is a laudable gesture from the autonomous body as it will go a long way in brining a culture change in the country. Social media has made a big dent in reading habit of the society. Now is the time to make optimum use of technology to dig into the riches of books. Let us make #StayHomeIndiaWithBooks initiative a success.