Aakanksha N Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, August 1
How far can one go for the love of books? From starting a library in the village to organising a langar of books to launching the ‘Kitaba Waali Gaddi’, Mandeep Singh (26), who had recently started a library named ‘Tera Tera library’at Jabbowal village, in Sultanpur Lodhi, has now initiated another project. Not only does he love and admire books, but also wants others to develop the habit of reading.
Several writers and artists have also supported him in the initiative. The library has books in Urdu, Punjabi, English literature, novels, apart from various magazines and newspapers
‘Kitaba Waali Gaddi’ is a concept where 176 villages of Sultanpur Lodhi will be covered. The car containing a plethora of books will move around and go to every village so that the books are made easily accessible to villagers.
Every day, a village will be covered and announcements will be made so that those interested could come and take the book of their choice for free.
The langar of books was also started by Mandeep Singh on July 31 on the Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh and the langar was held today outside a gurdwara. “We are going to start from surrounding villages, will tell everyone regarding our initiative. We have a target of five months in which we will cover 176 villages. We will again organise a langar of books on August 15,” Mandeep said.
He urged people, who have old books in their homes, to hand it over to the library. Those wanting to help the library by lending the books can contact 8283870384.
Mandeep has dedicated his own space for the cause. The youngster has been urging people to donate books for the library. So, if anyone has already read spare books at their homes, they can donate them for this cause.
Several writers and artists have also supported him in the initiative. The library has books in Urdu, Punjabi, English literature, novels, apart from various magazines and newspapers.
With each kind of book available, the youngsters from the villages will have the opportunity to come to the library and then prepare for the competitive exams. Any writer keen on discussions can also come to the library.
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