Obituary to my Circulating Library
I just love reading. In Class lV, my aunt gave me Rs.5 to spend during my school summer vacation and a strange magnetic pull spaced me and I moonwalked into this neighbourhood Deewan Circulating library. I wish I would have somewhere recorded this date for that indeed was the beginning day of my never ending love-affair with books and reading which has continued ceaselessly, till now.
Enid Blyton, Hardy Boys, James Hadly Chase, Nick Carter, Mandrake, Phantom, Richie Rich, Astrix, Archie and I read every possible novel and comic.
Graduated to serious reading later .. then to professional studies. But never realised, when unknown to my realisation - Deewan Circulating library just vanished away.
An electronic goods shop now stands where once my love affair with books bloomed. A tear drops as one reminiscences & realises that it is but the reality of cultural artifacts & monuments of times in transition.
Can't pass by now & dare not to look at that shop from the corner of my eye & rue the passing away of my love story.
I do not see these neighbourhood Circulating libraries in Bombay, anywhere. Wonder if you ever were a member of one too and you miss it?
No powerhouse Kindles or net reading can match - Deewan Circulating Library.