Sunday, August 13, 2006
Termites feast on rain-drenched wisdom at govt library
Dharamsala, August 10: The Government District Library, Dharamsala, which not only houses priceless old books but also several rare manuscripts, is in a shambles. Many books have either been destroyed due to heavy rain or eaten by moths and termites. But the district administration is yet to swing into action to save them. There are as many as 40,000 rare books in the library which was set up way back in 1954 and of these at least 20,000 have been exposed to the vagaries of the weather and the years...
The library, which has 850 life members, has books like Agni Ki Udaan by President A P J Abdul Kalam, the Harry Potter series, many of William Shakespeare’s plays, many volumes of children’s books, Britannica and Americana encyclopedias, medical encyclopedias, books written by Nobel laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore, books on Mahatma Gandhi, books on philosophy, a rare series of books on the life of the leaders who took part in the freedom struggle, National Biography series, Sri Aurobindo series, books on history and gazettes of various districts of the state etc.