Bookworms exist in #google generation: they do!


Friends, I am about to finish my masters' courses in English literature and waiting for the exam of 2nd year to be encountered (though it's never sure when the hell my exam will be held), I have already started feeling heat to prepare a thesis to complete the course. For the very reason, I have attempted a mini-survey to make an outlook about the young people who love reading along with technology of today's era. I got 60 answers from the very cool gentle men and women to help me find some stats which may be useful for my future thesis. Here, I have tried to present a figure of what this generation thinks about literature, whether Nepali or English or any other. I want to thank each and everyone of you, who helped me to find a bit better conclusion and I couldn't include everybody in this small article, If my thesis goes in the very topic, I will include each and everyone of you with pictures. And I may trouble you again for the same purpose. Thanks a lot!~ :)

 


Lets be clear and straight, our generation hugely depend upon Google for many things. Search engines and social networking sites have made people to think the machine does, simply because we have a belief that everything exists inside the world of www(world wide web). We may find it easier to get the exact things we want over the internet in a pretty easy way, which may reduce a burden of mugging on with huge piles of books and searching for hours to find a book we want in the libraries. One click and right kind of search on Google may provide you more than enough options than reading books, magazine or articles, but still books have their own charm on the bookworm and other kind of human-sphere. Moreover, Modern technology has gifted kindle as a substitute to the books as it may store many books easily inside it and it tried to give you the feel as if you are reading the actual book in digital way. I have tried to collect what our younger and literate generation thinks about the books, what kind of books they like and how habitual they are into the books? Let's see, what actually some handsome guys and beautiful ladies think about the books on today's date!

I had mailed and asked 60 representative people from different strata of society to find out the average status of these issues. And I was very happy and jealous to know that most of them love reading and most of them read more than two hours of the day. 42 people out of 60 chose fiction as their prior focus of reading and others love to roam around biographies, philosophies and other genre of literature. 48 people out of 60 have at least one or two Nepali books at their favorite list and younger generation chose the kindle over books, but their number was 18, that means 42 people chose books over kindle as they think it gives the feeling of real study and also the less availability of Nepali books in the kindle store. Those who went for kindle have their one logic as it is portable, doesn't need any space for storing books, safe and saves the environment as it reduces the paper consumption.











Another interesting issue that came out with this survey is that the younger generation has started to be interested in philosophies, political and social issues in significant manner. Most of the participants has chosen at least one book related to politics or philosophy or social issues, which directly indicates our youth not only read for fun and time pass, but also read for knowledge and awareness in greater extent. If we talk about particular favorites on Nepali language, there is a strange kind of similarity in this genre of people as they mostly chose modern day writers like Krishna Dharabashi, Narayan Wagle, Sanjeeb Upreti, Jagadish Ghimire, Dr. DhrubaChandra Gautam, Buddhisagar etc. along with elder genre writers like LaxmiPrasad Devkota, BP Koirala, Parijat and Bhupee Sherchan. Especially, Krishna Dharabashi was chosen as the favorite by 34 out of 60 participants for many of his books like Jhola, Tnudaal and Radha. Narayan Wagle's Palpasa Cafe, Sanjeeb Upreti's Ghanchakkar, Jagadish Ghimirer's Antarmanko Yatra, Buddhisagar's Karnali Blues, LaxmiPrasad Devkota's MunaMadan, BP Koirala's Jail Journal, Babu Aama ra Chhora and others were some of the modeled byline books for the enthusiastic bookworms. There also came Karna Shakya, Lainsingh Wangdel, Balkrishna Sam, LeelBahadur Kshetri and Manjushree Thapa being selected as favorite spokesperson of the Great Nepali Literature.

There lies a variety of choices if we see the choice of these gentlepeople on the international literary works. There came Arundhati Roy (The God of Small Things), Chetan Bhagat (Two States)(3 Mistakes of My Life), Arbind Adiga(The White Tiger) from Indian Subcontinent along with Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner)(A Thousand Splendid Suns), Siddhartha Mukherjee (Emperor of all maladies: A biography of Cancer) and Hari Bansha Ray Bachchan - Madhushala. From abroad writers, Paulo Coelho and Nicholas Sparks looked to be influencing the younger hearts as Mark Twain, Maxim Gorky, James Dodson, Enid Blyton, Paul Farmer, Peter Robinson, Stephen Hawkins to Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, John Wood, Microbe Hunter, David Bodanis and others. Some people even went for Harlem renaissance man JD Salinger(Catcher in the Rye), Sashi Tharoor(The Five Dollar Smile), F. Scott Fitzgerald(The Great Gatsby), Shakespeare (Hamlet), George Orwell(The Animal Farm) along with Martin Luther King, Charles Dickens, Samuel Beckett and Karl Marx.

In the question of choosing the 'Must Read' book, there is the majority of Nepali books among the choices of these cool people. They have unanimously chose some very good books as 'not to be missed' like Maxim Gorky to Buddhisagar, Chetan Bhagat to BP Koirala and Khaled Hosseini to Nicholas Sparks. The most fascinating thing found out of the survey was this generation, in spite of all these 'options' and schedule life, makes one or two hours in average for their daily reading. Kindle and Google may impress in their own ways, but reading a book in the hands have different feelings, different smell(if the book is new :P) and different kind of authority towards the knowledge. There may be another long debate on whether kindle is better or the books, but this generation particularly loves reading and that shows the thirst of knowledge inside them.

Some Selected examples from the answers I received:
 
1)What amount of time, You normally spend for Books?
1-3 hrs( Except the News)
2)Specially, which Genre of writing?
Any(especially sports and literature
3)Any 3 favorite writers and 5 books?

James Dodson - Final Rounds; Mitch Albom - Tuesdays with Morrie/ Five people you meet in heaven; Hari Bansha Ray Bachchan - Madhushala; Maxim Gorky - My Universities; All from Mark Twain... the list goes on...
4)Kindle or books? Why?
Kindle! 3500 books are not portable at all.
5)Any 3 "must read" books suggestions?
Maxim Gorky - My Universities, James Dodson - Final Rounds, Mitch Albom - Tuesdays with Morrie


1)What amount of time, You normally spend for Books?
Most of my time is for studies, especially course books, measuring in hours 12+, among them, 2-3 hours for literature.
2)Specially, which Genre of writing?
Nepali Literature excluding the mainstream
3)Any 3 favorite writers and 5 books?
Writers: Krishna DharaBashi, Sanjeeb Upreti, Narayan Wagle
Books: Tnudal, Jhola, Ghanchakkar, Palpasa Cafe, Antarmanko Yatra

4)Kindle or books? Why?
Books, books are so special from ages, it can be collected as hobby and WE can't get Nepali literature well-enough on Kindle. 
5)Any 3 "must read" books suggestions?
Palpasa Cafe, Antarmanko Yatra, Jhola

1)What amount of time, You normally spend for Books?
ocassionaly, whenever I get a reallllyy good book in hand...may be an
hour or two during bed time.
2)Specially, which Genre of writing?
philosophy, suspence, poetry
3)Any 3 favorite writers and 5 books?
Favorite authors:- Laxmi Prasad Devkota, Enid Blyton, Edwin Rolfe
Favorite books: The Catcher in the Rye, Munamadan, one minute manager, The great gatsby, Jane Eyre
4)Kindle or books? Why?
I'd rather prefer books than kindles...much comfortable for the eyes =)
5)Any 3 "must read" books suggestions?
The Catcher in the Rye, one minute manager, the great Gatsby
 
1)What amount of time, You normally spend for Books?
1/2 hour
2)Specially, which Genre of writing?
social and public health related, biography, politics
3)Any 3 favorite writers and 5 books?
Arundhati Roy (Algebra of Infinite Justice), 
Siddhartha Mukherjee (Emperor of all maladies: A biography of Cancer), Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner), Paul Farmer (The Pathology of Power), Arvinda Adiga (The White tiger)
4)Kindle or books? Why?
I dont get this question
5)Any 3 "must read" books suggestions?
Algebra of Infinite Justice, A long Walk to Freedom, My Experiment with Truth

1)What amount of time, You normally spend for Books?
In Average 4-5 hrs (But in internet)
2)Specially, which Genre of writing?
Technology, History, Travel & Biography
3)Any 3 favorite writers and 5 books?
Writer:  Krishna Dharabasi, BP Koirala ,Jagdish Ghimire
Books: BP's all stories and Biography
Antarmanko Yatra, Aadha Baato, Steve Jobs, Palpasa Cafe, Karnali Blues
4)Kindle or books? Why?
These days, Kindle/e-reader is better than paper books. You can read it anywhere and anytime.
5)Any 3 "must read" books suggestions?
BP's biography, BP Ko Aatma Britanta, Seto Bagh, Bhakta Prasad Bhyaguto
1)What amount of time, You normally spend for Books?
2,3 hrs, depends on book
2)Specially, which Genre of writing?
Fiction , biography 
3)Any 3 favorite writers and 5 books?
Book:- Radha (krishna Dharawashi), Babu Aama Chhora (BP Koirala), 15 n 3 quaters (Richa Bhattarai), Thousand splendid suns (Khaled Hosseini), Atmabritanta (BP Koirala)
4)Kindle or books? Why?
Book
5)Any 3 "must read" books suggestions?
Thousand splendid suns, Radhaa, Atmabritanta
1)What amount of time, You normally spend for Books?
Depends. If there is interesting book, upto 5 hours.
2)Specially, which Genre of writing?
fiction.
3)Any 3 favorite writers and 5 books?
I love many writers. In Nepali, Krishna Dharabasi & dhurba Chandra Gautam.
Books I recommend to everyone, karnali blues, the last lecture and mediactive.
4)Kindle or books? Why?
books for the feeling but I don't mind reading on ereader.
5)Any 3 "must read" books suggestions?
above.

The Images of the books are taken from internet search engine google and these images are their properties. Images of the responders are taken from their respective social media profiles. Thanks a lot everybody!! 

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3 comments:

  1. books are always good in hard copy, the smell of paper make you feel the story... but as availability and difficulty to reach any store (of course price also matter, (any) book cost $15 here in Doha), its too easy to download eBook and read as per you convenience during travel or in weekends. good article, liked it.

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  2. Good views from People. I saw Aakar saying that he likes BP's book but I was surprised not to see the particular Names like Narendra Dai(BP), Sirish Ko Phool (Parijat), Books of Dhanushchandra and Dhruwachandra Gautam/Gotame, and Laxmi Nibandha Sangraha of Devkota.

    In English books, Orewell's Animal Farm and 1984 (Everybody must read and more so in present Nepal's context), John Grisham and Sheldon's Fictions - not great books but brings passion of reading slowly into you.

    Finally, I am happy that no one talked about Samrat or Manjushree's books.

    Some of the books that people have referred are yet to be read by me. Let me see if I can get them.

    Good Article!

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  3. nice article... i am also a bookwork... my favorite passtime.. but really couldnt decide which is better kindle or book. but i think i will vote the classic way of reading a book. i love to treasure the books i like in my shelf.

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