Bombadil Publishing

Let’s learn to learn on World Book Day

Posted on: April 12, 2009


The mission of World Book Day is to inspire worldwide students to explore the immense pleasure of reading, enrich the intellectual property and boost up the creativity in literary world. It is an opportunity to contribute a fraction in the cultural as well as social development of humanity in respect of greatest artists all over the world. “The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you the knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.” (Elizabeth Hardwick) is sufficient to make us realize that silent and noiseless power of book has revolutionized building creative thoughts established on fundamental knowledge and practical experience.

Unfortunately, students are consistently distracting themselves from the real purpose of study; they are very much focused on rote learning- recalling, memorizing and imitating the facts, and have conditioned themselves for memorising and applying in the exact way. Students, who are acknowledged to be meritorious by grades and certificate, might end up perseverance and experience of digesting facts and figures into frustration. Their intelligence is strongly discouraged and betrayed by it. The purpose of rote learning, since time immemorial, has been to achieve mastery of foundational knowledge on which individual creative skills could be developed. Only creative mind helps cultivate progressive thoughts, fertilises the understanding to extract innovative ideas from it. Simply they can’t give assurance of being worth of taking responsibility, to stand still in front of difficulties and compete with potential competitors in global market.

According to NASSCOM (National Association of Software Companies) more than 30% engineers are unemployable. They may be academically sound but their knowledge is substandard. Moreover, they lack technical knowledge besides critical thinking and appreciable command on communication skill.

In this global competitive era, the competition is with ourselves to be the best and creative in our respective field to triumph against the rote memorising way of learning. Otherwise, years of practice and time spent will go in vain.
Comparing practical knowledge with rote learning would not only be hilarious but also painful. It, a repetition technique, locks one in what he has learnt at the initial stage to be permanent followers. Rote learning helps one become an imitator but never a creator.

Pondering over various aspects relating to ‘learning’ and the inevitable role of books, Bombadil publishing has taken the initiatives for youth in order to discover intellectual treasures and creative potential to enrich the literary world through their significant contribution. Youth are highly instrumental to bring change in society, and they need to be brought close to books, quality books though.
Mousumi Saha


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