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Sugamya Pustakalaya, an online library for persons with visual disabilities, was launched by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology, at a function organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, presided over the function. cropped-ebooks-624x245

Centre launches ‘Sugamya Pustakalaya’ an online library for Persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The department of empowerment of persons with disabilities, (DEPwD) on Wednesday launched ‘Sugamya Pustakalaya’ – an online library for Persons with print disabilities as part of the Accessible India Campaign.

The online library has been created in collaboration with National Institute of Visually Handicapped (NIVH), member organizations of Daisy Forum of India (DFI), Bookshare and powered by TCS Access.

Libraries still in vogue

Libraries are still in vogue even in this era of tabs and Kindles. It still is the favourite destination for bookworms. The increasing memberships in major libraries show that the libraries are here to stay.

Reading habit

The reading habit of the members have witnessed significant change over the years and libraries too have updated themselves to meet their requirements. In most of the libraries in the suburbs and rural areas, Malayalam pulp fiction used to top the list among the books which were borrowed. “But now, even in the suburbs, new-gen writers and all time classics from all over the world and books translated to Malaylam by writers of other Indian languages are borrowed by many,” says Syam Dinakar, Thrikkakkara.

Among Malayalam writers, novels by M T Vasudevan Nair, Madhavikkutty, O V Vijayan, M Mukundan, Thakazhy, Lalithambika Antharjanam, S K Pottakkad, VKN and Basheer still remain the most preferred choice. “But we cannot say that the demand for Malayalam pulp fiction has come down. Still many prefer these books,” he added.

From  Muttathu Varkey to Mezhuveli Babuji,  Malayalam pulp fiction wing is still strong.  Some of the best read pulp fiction novels by Mathew Mattam, Joycee, Sudhakar Mangalodhayam, Batten Bose, Kottayam Pushpanath and Ettumanoor Sivakumar, K V Anil and Kamala Govind are still hot among the readers