Come, let me take you into my library, invited my friend who is a voracious reader. Expecting to see rows and rows of books neatly arranged on shelves in her Study, knowing how meticulous she was with things, I was surprised at the sight before me. There was not a single book but only dozens of CDs,videos and a couple of latest electronic devices, all placed in a book shelf in a corner.’Where are your books?’ I asked looking around in search of them.
Well, they are all in that Book shelf, sorry, E shelf, she said laughing.
But how come there is not a single physical book in your library, I mean your E-shelf? I said not able to get over my surprise.
Well, Meera, I think we are fortunate with the strides technology has taken and is still taking which has come as a boon to book lovers like me who live in small apartments where space is a constraint. Imagine how much space is required if I have to accommodate hard copies of hundreds of books I have collected through the years, she said explaining why she preferred a ‘paperless library.’
When I returned home and looked into my ‘library’, I found my collection of books through the years has left hardly any space not only to freely move around in my study but how difficult it is for me to locate the book I wish to lay my hands on!
n.meera raghavendra rao