More photos and a lovely Gift a Book Day Story

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Ashish Kaushal writes:

Thank you Worth a Read and Jaya Jha. “Gift a book day” idea of yours reminded me of my ‘Chachu’ who used to gift books to us kids randomly but almost every year.

This April, I sent books to all my nephews, nieces and cousins and siblings all over the globe. Books ranging from Laurence Enderson’s Pebbles of Perception (which I gifted to several friends as well and will strongly recommend to all your readers), to National Geographic’s Little kids first book to the Little History of the World by Gombrich. I gifted Gawande’s Checklist to my landlord, who is recovering from an intensive surgery.

I also offered to buy for all the junior members in the family any number of books of their choice for the entire month. All they had to do was What’s App the names. I was pleasantly surprised with the requests that came in. From Bill Bryson and Paulo Coehlo to Dinosaur’s encyclopaedia and Search Engine Optimisation, to Shakespeare. The future is certainly bright.

And all of this, thanks to a ‘nudge’ from Worth a Read.

And here are some more lovely photos

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7 Reasons to Gift a Book

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A book is a gift you can open again and again – Garrison Keillor


Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read –  Groucho Marx


A room without books is like a body without a soul – Marcus Tullius Cicero


There is no friend as loyal as a book – Ernest Hemingway


A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge –  George R.R. Martin


Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers – Charles William Eliot


Books may well be the only true magic – Alice Hoffman