A recent survey revealed a decline of 14 percent in the Reading habits of adults in the West over the last twenty years. What was shocking was the average time of four hours spent daily on surfing, gaming and watching television, as against a meagre 14 minutes on Reading!
It was almost 300 years ago that Sir William Curtis, Lord Mayor of London uttered the 3 Rs - 'reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic', which came to reflect one's ability to cope with life and the world at large. The Print media more than competently promoted these skills, but could not measure up to the speed, access and diversity of the Electronic media. The outcome of the survey may be a pointer to this.
The power of reading in our lives is so impregnable, that reading as a meaningful activity can never fade away.
- June 2009