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Bringing people closer to books

This is my first time to be part of a book club. It's exciting. I do love books very much. I love the feel of books, the colors, the textures, the newness, and the sense of ownership of a worn-out book.

What I most particularly enjoy is the stories of the people and places within those books. I particularly enjoy autobiography - for the voice of the person, the lived experiences, and getting a glimpse of the choices made which led him/her to where he/she is to write a book is just fascinating. For almost the same reason I love historical books. Historical novels bring about the best of two worlds.

I came across this book club through the Voice of Future 2013 program. I am a participant and would love to continue onto the next level of this journey that will keep me hooked to the program for 6 more months. We are right now at the 3rd assignment which more or less deals with digital media. We were introduced to World Pulse Groups and are encouraged to join and contribute to the groups. And the book club is the one place I would absolutely want to be. I am information specialist by profession - so this is the natural choice.

That is just a bit on who I am and why I joined this group.

I also wanted to share with you about a reading campaign that we have launched over here in the Maldives. Recognizing the gap that is emerging between people and books given the current online revolution we thought it would be appropriate to do something to jazz up a love for books.

This programs is being conducted in conjunction with the World Book and Copyright day, April 2013. To come in shape for the program we have opened up a Photo Competition to the public. The theme is OUR PEOPLE, OUR LOVE FOR BOOK. You can find us on "Photo Competition"

If you have any ideas how to spice up our efforts, do please leave a comment.

Comments

Waqar Azim's picture

Thank u

Thanks for sharing information.
Waqar Azim

Aminah's picture

thanks

my pleasure :)

Salaam
Aminah

jacollura's picture

Welcome!

Aminah,
Welcome to World Pulse and the Book Club! I look forward to sharing with you!
Best wishes,
Julie

Aminah's picture

Thanks

Thanks Julie,

I am looking forward to contributing too. When I get time away from all the assignments I will try and add a book review.

Regards
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Waqar Azim's picture

Jazz up a love for books

I do not know whether the disease of Gap between the people and Books is increasing every
where including the devolped world but I know only that it is increasing round me.
MY GOD BLESS U AMINAH
I will like to know the efforts and methods to Jazz up love for books from u or from anyone.and will like to get benefit
of such an experience.
Thanks
Waqar Azim

It is happening everywhere. It is inevitable given the online era.
However, what bothers me more is that people here do not read as such even online.
Yes, a bit twittering and reading and commenting on news.

But reading for leisure, reading widely from history and literature ... these are things I would like to see foster.

Our small effort about creating some buzz about books and us, did work to an extent.
But I need a large scale uprising. I guess we just have to keep on trying.

Salaam
Aminah

Bonnie Samuel's picture

Books from your country?

Hi Aminah,
Welcome to our book club. Could you please tell us of books you'd recommend by authors in Maldives?
Thanks, Bonnie

Aminah's picture

Nice to hear from you Bonnie

I can't think of any one book by a Maldivian author written in English.
But these few here are noteworthy and it touches historical aspects of our country and its people.

A hero in time by Roysten Ellis
http://pinterest.com/pin/24980972905101693/

Mysticism in the Maldives: eyewitness accounts of supernatural encounters by Ali Hussain (a local)
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12122268-mysticism-in-the-maldives

Folk Tales of the Maldives by Xavier Romero-Fras
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16698176-folk-tales-of-the-maldives

Recently some local publications has emerged up in our own Dhivehi language.

Salaam
Aminah

Monica09's picture

Bookaholic

Dear Aminah,

Greetings from Bangladesh!

I share in your love for books, and I am so happy that you are channeling your love into a book-reading campaign.

Peace,
Monica

Aminah's picture

yeah to bookaholics :)

Dear Monica

It looks like we have quite a lot in common.
Looking forward to getting to know you better through the VOF program.
Congrats on being selected among the 31.

Salaam
Aminah

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