Saturday, October 23, 2010

On the cusp of new things

Before the clouds of epistemic arrogance set forth largely across the land,let me know.
O I know of you,and you are a menace,the 'Casper-the friendly ghost' of the ilk
A well meaning older brother who chastises and gives a timely well-aimed blow
The toiling student rejoices in small victories
And you smile back warily, fully aware of the vagaries of one's knowledge
Grant me the wisdom to not measure wisdom by the days spent in pursuit of some goal
For the greatest lesson is of love and the good one can do.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

On National Library

The fate of this email is yet unknown ,and I hope some good comes off it.

From: Aby Johnson
Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2010 7:10 PM
To: publicity at in.penguingroup dot com; sales at in.penguingroup dot com
Subject: Penguin India mentioned as a defaulter in Comptroller and Auditor General Report

 Respected Sir/Mam',

I had recently gone through the Comptroller and Auditor General Report(2010-11) ( on Audit activities done in the National Library.

As a loyal customer for many years of Penguin, I was dismayed to find it's name in the list of defaulting publishers as mentioned in Appendix 1 ,who do not contribute a free copy of every publication in India within a month of its publication as per the
Delivery of Books and Newspapers(Public Libraries) Act 1954.The report mentions the defaulters have been sent notices but usually they do not respond(see page 7 of the link given above).The list of defaulting publishers is given below of which Penguin is talked about at number 7 in the list.

 Public libraries are a source of being with books and many lakhs in India depend on them for getting acquainted with the latest books.

The course of action is simple .If you could in future ensure that a free copy of each of your publications is sent to the National Library, it would reinforce in a small way what Sir Allen Lane (founder of Penguin books) had said "
We believed in the existence in this country of a vast reading public for intelligent books at a low price,and staked everything for it". Sir Allen, I am sure, would be glad that you could continue the spirit of his enterprise by contributing to India's National Library as well.

Thanks and regards,
Aby Johnson


Sunday, October 03, 2010

Let the games begin