Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Everyday Book Yourself with Inspiration Books

Hey Friends, Again Birenbhai Kothari (+biren kothari ) is here with us and would share  his experience about various books and their importance with us. So, I and we all are really thankful to him and I hope this article is inspirational for all blog visitors and upcoming young generation.

Books are, of course, a window to the world. But with the increasing impact of visual media, the importance of reading seems to be decreasing. Much hype has been created about reading. Even the government started a drive of ‘Vanche Gujarat’ to promote reading. Though much is being told about reading the book, not much is said about what kind of reading one should do. Good reading certainly enlightens you, but it is also sure that bad reading ruins you. So good reading is a continuous and evolving process.

I was fond of reading since my childhood. The habit continued with my study. I got such a job (in rotational shifts) that I could keep this hobby alive. Eventually, I started writing professionally, and at a juncture of time, I decided to give up the job and survive solely on writing. Though it would seem difficult, it was only due to my continuous reading practice, this switch over was smoother and I could take a career of my own liking after 22 years of service.

There are many books I’ve read. Of course, my reading is more in Gujarati & Hindi, than in English. In Gujarati, there is a long list of books I like. However, if I have to name only five, it would be: Pratimaao (પ્રતિમાઓ), Palkara (પલકારા) both by Zaverchan Meghani, Vinod ni Najare (વિનોદની નજરે) by Vinod Bhatt, Kunti (કુંતી) and Shabda thattha (શબ્દઠઠ્ઠા) by Rajnikumar Pandya, and In Hindi, I admire Krishan Chander, Saadat Hasan Manto much. My most favorite Hindi books are: Raag Darbari (राग दरबारी) by Srilal Shukla, Dastavej (दस्तावेज-खंड १ से ५) by Saadat Hasan Manto, Ek gadhe ki aatmakatha (एक गधे की आत्मकथा) by Krishan Chander, Tamas (तमस) by Bhishma Sahni, Kya bhoolun ky yaad karun (क्या भूलुं, क्या याद करूं) and Nid ka nirman phir (नीड का निर्माण फिर) - first two volumes (out of four) of the autobiography of Harivansh rai Bachchan.

World book day or any other day, I would recommend the next generation to read but would also suggest to check and renew their list of favorite writers time by time. After all, reading means constant evolution and evaluation, and not getting freezed into few certain writing or writers.  

If You want to know more about Biren Kothari, jump to this page - http://paavanjethava.blogspot.com/2013/12/biren-kothari-gujarati-writer.html

Books Important Role in Our Life

Hey Friends, I always want to end my day by learning new things, getting some knowledge and inspiration on any topic from persons like Suresh Jani +Suresh Jani and Maya Raichura +Maya Raichura  ... Here I am thankful to both of them to some his/her time for me and for all upcoming young generation especially GUJARATIs. I hope, I will get support from them in future also..

 1.    Books are like mothers. Mother gives birth, nurtures, educates. Books do latter two functions and give new birth to a person. During educational career as also the professional one; we go on learning and go on acquiring new skills that are strong contributors that shape our destiny. Books are one of the ingredients in that process.

2.    My parents belonged to lower middle class and having five kids; they could not afford any purchase of books. However looking to our interest in reading, my father purchased once books worth 25/- Rs. From ‘Sastu Sahitya’. This was like a big treasure for all five of us. We had subscription to three libraries. On the last day of the school my brother and myself used to go to two relatives and borrow their library cards too. Then we will go to these libraries and borrow about 12 books. In a week, all of us (including our mother) would read all these books and repeat the process in the next week. This was one of the foundation bricks of whatever the five of us could achieve in our lives. Two of us became engineers, two teachers and one a doctor. Even now, I go to local library here, borrow about 20 books (all from kid section – they are small and concise!!) and devour them in three weeks.

3.    There are a myriad of books. Just a few names are-

a.    Le Miserable
b.    Count of Monte Cristo
c.    Arabian nights
d.    Jules Verne’s books
e.    Power of Now – Eckharte Tolle
f.    Prophet - Kahlil Gibran
g.    Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
h.    Jonathan Livingston Seagull

4.    The times have changed. We are on the threshold of an e-Revolution. So the importance of books is likely to reduce. This is also due to the prohibitive costs for their production as also their limited reach, being physical. But all e-Media are going to prosper in a mushrooming growth; reaching people at cell phone level. However young people should use these powerful media not only for entertainment but also for acquiring new knowledge and skills and for personal development. 

And an input from a doctor friend in USA - http://goo.gl/lY0vrd

Know More About Suresh Jani (Sureshdada) at - http://paavanjethava.blogspot.com/2013/11/suresh-jani-meet-this-famous-gujarati.html

Book your self with Book which you like everyday at least 1 hour. -

Book of noble character inspires us.It clears negativity of our mind and leads us to positive thinking.I like religious books.but at the same I like Gujarati  novel named Malela jiv, Saraswatichandra and many more.There is a relation with book from our childhood. It is the book which educates us.Reading is my hobby.If once I take the book and start reading,I can't stop my self and complete it.So now start from today to book your self with book.

Know More About Maya Raichura (Mayamasi) at - http://paavanjethava.blogspot.com/2013/11/maya-raichura-meet-this-famous-gujarati.html

Monday, April 28, 2014

Books Importance in Our Life

Hi Friends(Blog Readers),

Before I start my post, I hearty thankful to +Valibhai Musa (For Me, He is Valikaka) to share his knowledge, life-time experience regarding books with all of us. I hope, in future I can learn more and more from his support, which I will share here sure because "The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery." 

On the occasion of ‘World Books Day’ on 23rd April, 2014;  Mr. Paavan K. Jethava ( +Paavan Jethava) of Ahmedabad who is a very enthusiastic young man for collecting opinions on various subjects sent me an e-mail with questionnaire as follows. I have great pleasure to answer them one by one.


I would like to suggest my Article ‘Life and Literature’ to be read on my Blog “William’s Tales” along with its Gujarati version to get detailed information in this regard. 


When I had passed my 8th Grade with best performance in 1956, my elder brother asked me to demand anything I might like as the gift; and I had requested him to buy for me the full set of the novel ‘Sarswatichandra’. He had accepted my request with a counter question why I had put my choice like that before him. I had simply answered that the novel is the great piece of Gujarati Literature as my Gujarati teacher had told to the classroom when one chapter of that novel was being taught by him. The second part of the novel with its sub-title ‘Gunsundari-no-Gharsansar’ appealing to’ United  Family Life’ proved to be useful to me throughout my life. In the very next year of 1957, our father had died leaving behind my five younger brothers and sisters with age variation from to 2 to 12 under we-two brothers’ care. At that time my eldest brother was1 18 years old and I was only 16. The second part of the novel helped me indirectly to lead our united family of the same generation then and presently also my own family consisted of 15 members with my third generation under the same united pattern.    

I had read a lot of books in English, Gujarati and Hindi up to my age of 40. Thereafter, a gap of some three decades remained due to my overtime involvement in our businesses. During these days, I could read only news papers and magazines randomly. My favorite books, besides ‘Sarswatichandra’ are ‘Gramlaxmi’, ‘Bharelo Agni’, ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, ‘Kalapi-no-Kekarav’, ‘Abraham Lincoln (A Play)’, ‘Ame Badha’, ‘Bhadrambhadra’ etc.. The list may go long, but I precise it here.

Libraries are the Watering Places of Knowledge. Books teach us ethics and values of human life. The next generation is advised to read more and more books available both in Print and Internet media.  The parents should include books to birthday presents to their children. Hobby of Reading does not only entertain us, but it teaches also the useful lessons of life. Solution of disturbed social life of human being throughout the world now-a-days is only with the libraries. Good and positive literature has such power that can change the world. If the next generation develops the hobby of reading books, it can pass on the same hobby  to their own next generation. It is just like the process of lighting the candles with a single burning candle. There is a well known Gujarati saying also as ‘કૂવામાં હશે તો હવાડામાં આવશે.’ i.e.’ If there is water in the well, it will reach the trough.’

Hope the endeavor of Mr. Paavan Jethava will surely be fruitful and helpful to the next Gujarati generation just to create interest in reading good literature.

With warm regards,

- Valibhai Musa ( +Valibhai Musa )