Reading books and contribution of ‘Bishwo Shahitto Kendro’

Reading books and contribution of ‘Bishwo Shahitto Kendro’

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Masum Billah
With a view to enlightening people Bishwo Shahitto Kendra launched its journey thirty-nine years back in the country and its ‘ book reading programme’ has now reached twenty lakh students of 12 thousand educational institutions. Kudos to Bishwo Shahitto Kendro. In this age of moral degradation, the sweet call of the materialistic pleasure, the ugly claws of drugs, juvenile delinquency, spreading of bribe culture and easy pass and touch system have engulfed the whole society. Who will save the future generation from these evils? The founder of Bishwo Shahitto Kendra Professor Abduallah Abu Sayeed has rightly said “ I could not read books when I was like you. My dream in school life was different. As I could not get the opportunity to read books as you do, I have opened it for 25 lakh readers. You can do everything if you only read books without doing anything else.” I endorse the views expressed by Professor Sayeed that our future generation, our students of schools and colleges can do everything if they develop the habit of reading books which contain the elevated thoughts and noble ideas of great men and social thinkers.“ I take part in the competition as book reading gives me pleasure. Now that liking has increased further. I like the Palli Sahamaj by Sharat Chandra among twelve books I have read in this series. The book reflects the urban people’s concern for rural people that is a great learning for me”. A student named Sumia from Ajimpur Girls School expressed her feeling in this way while receiving the award of book reading competition. On 27 January 2017 the students from 111 schools of Dhaka city received prizes arranged by Bisha Shahittay Kendra on the occasion of ‘Book Reading Activities 2016’. Sumia represents the future mothers of the country who need to know how to lead a polished and refined life telling ‘No’ to drugs, child marriage and other evils. Thanks Sumia. You have definitely inspired thousands of students like you.
Just like any other muscle or part of the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, No matter how much stress someone has at work, in their personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when they lose themselves in a great story. A well-written novel can transport a reader to other realms, while an engaging article will distract her and keep her in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing her to relax. Everything we read fills our head with new bits of information, and we never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge we have, the better-equipped we are to tackle any challenge we’ll ever face. The more we read, the more words we gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into our everyday vocabulary. Being articulate and well-spoken is of great help in any profession, and knowing that we can speak to higher-ups with self-confidence. Book help us do it.
Professor Zamilur Reza Chowhdury , a famous educationist of the country and Trusty of Bishwo Shahitto Kendra said, “ Those who will read books will steer the country towards real development by 2030. You should read all kinds of books.” He further said, “The pressure on the students to become doctors or engineers has become less. You can go forward according to your own ways. He wants to mean that students now have the opportunity to choose their own ways of life to follow as in the recent past most guardians pressed their children to become doctors or engineers which used to limit their studies. Of course, situation is so encouraging even now as today’s students run after obtaining grades at the cost of their personal pleasure, leisure and reading books of their own choice. Professor Jafar Iqbal has pictured the present time thus , “Imaginative power to be squeezed from knowledge which does not come from food or fruits. After our birth we have the power of imagination which we destroy gradually keeping ourselves confined to textbook, coaching and private teaching etc. to increase this power the only way is reading books. If everybody of this country reads books, they will not have to do anything else.
The country will go forward. The main theme is gaining knowledge which you can do reading books and encouraging your friends to read books.”Reading books is also vital for learning new languages, as non-native speakers gain exposure to words used in context, which will ameliorate their own speaking and writing fluency. When we read a book, we have to remember an assortment of characters, their backgrounds, ambitions, history, and nuances, as well as the various arcs and sub-plots that weave their way through every story. That’s a fair bit to remember, but brains are marvellous things and can remember these things with relative ease. When someone reads a book, all of his attention is focused on the story—the rest of the world just falls away, and he can immerse himself in every fine detail he is absorbing.
Anisul Haque said he read two books of Imdadul Haque Milon in his student life which inspired him to write books. He is now a successful and popular writer of the country. Our students can follow these sort of accomplished individuals and follow their lives. Imdadul Haque Milon , another giant of Bengali literature of the present time has said, “ I seem to be enlightened in the midst of you. If feel myself enlightened in the midst of you. You will be enlightened reading books and the country will be enlightened through you. ’Francis Bacon encouraged us to read books. Bacon argues that studies "serve for Delight, for Ornament, and for Ability." For delight, Bacon means one's personal, private education; for "Ornament," he means in conversation between and among others, which Bacon labels as "Discourse." Studies for "Ability" lead one to judgment in business and related pursuits.
Exposure to published, well-written work has a noted effect on one’s own writing, as observing the cadence, fluidity, and writing styles of other authors will invariably influence readers’ own work. In the same way that musicians influence one another, and painters use techniques established by previous masters, so do writers learn how to craft prose by reading the works of others. In addition to the relaxation that accompanies reading a good book, it’s possible that the subject we read about can bring about immense inner peace and tranquility. To help people suffering from certain mood disorders and mild mental illnesses, we can suggest them just to read books. Similarly, we can advise our young generation just to read books to keep away from the present unrest situation prevailing in the society posing a threat.
(The writer works as an education specialist in BRAC Education programme. He taught in Cadet Colleges and in Rajuk College.)

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