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Books are best bet
By Vaishnav Venugopal (Class III,Brightland Discovery School,
Paravoor, Alappuzha, Kerala) | NOV 2015

I am going to share with you my thoughts on books and the habit of reading. Our beloved former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam once said that, “One best book is equal to hundred good friends and one good friend is equal to a library.” Recently I read in the newspapers that his family members, while launching the Dr A P J Abdul Kalam International Foundation in Chennai, said that one of their missions will be to inspire the youth to set up a small library in every house.

I was very happy to read the news and have already taken a small step and gave birth to a library at my home, which has around 10 books now. I dream of India with every house having a library. Yes, it will be possible. Friends, books are priceless assets we all should own. The knowledge we get from books will shape us into responsible citizens of this country.

Books help us to unravel the mysteries of this wonderful universe. Books act as a source imparting knowledge, thereby empowering us. As young children, we must take the guidance of our teachers, parents and elders while choosing the right kind of book. Hence, what to read is important and how to read makes the art of reading really enjoyable.

Reading can influence your thoughts. It can refresh your mind and also add to personality development. The more you read, the better you get the confidence to take on the challenges of modern world. In today’s world, children are virtually addicted to modern electronic gadgets.

While technology plays an important role in shaping our future, we should not forget the powerful role books and reading play in our lives. Let’s take a pledge to make India a developed nation by empowering ourselves through books and reading. Knowledge is power and it stays forever.

His ticket to success came from strong will
By Vagdevi H.S., Nov, 2015
As they say, the real opportunity for success lies within the person and not the job; as was proved wonderfully by Mohan H. M., a simple bus conductor in a city bus who has secured a Doctorate degree in History.
Born in a small besmirched village of Harohalli, Mohan completed his primary education and moved to Mandya for college education. Nurturing his mind with great thoughts and ambitions, he moved to Mysuru to continue his degree. However, fate had a different plan. With the sad demise of his father, he had to quit studies and start working for Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). When he started issuing tickets to hundreds of students commuting by bus every day, the concealed spark within him kindled again, which prompted him to work towards his dreams. He completed his Master’s Degree in History from KSOU and wrote the entrance exam for Ph.D. To his surprise, he stood second in the test, which assured him a seat to continue his research work. During the entire course, he juggled between work and a familial life while pursuing research paid rich dividends. Finally, all his hard work paid off and he was awarded the Doctorate degree. Being a voracious reader, he wants to publish books in Kannada to help students from rural areas to get a better scope of education. This, he says, is his humble service to the society. “As a student, I faced a lot of trouble not having access to research material in Kannada, which limited my resources,” he says. Today, not only his family and friends but also the KSRTC is incredibly proud of him and his achievements. Dr. Mohan H.M. has proved that the journey of success begins with one step and the strong determination to succeed.

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