If you expect present students of Literature to know what ODYSSEY means, more often than not, they blink because they wouldn’t have heard about Homer or his works OR IF THEY HAD THEY WOULD HAVE FORGOTTEN BECAUSE IT IS NOT RELEVANT from their examination point of view. When I posed the same query to one of my relatives, an engineering graduate with a management degree, he promptly gave the right answer and also explained how the name came about which needless to say came as a pleasant surprise to me. Asked how he knew so much about the origin of the name, he said he learnt it while in school more than three decades ago and also remembered it !
I was pained when book stores in Madras were shutting down one after another for want of a clientele which boils down to dwindling demand for hard copies of knowledge based books apart from fiction which is readily available at the click of a mouse which is understandable. But what I fail to understand is a total absence of curiosity or an urge to learn inspite of the advancements in technology !