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  1. Cindy DSilva
    August 24, 2023 @ 8:36 pm

    Wow. The Young Children’s Encyclopedia from Britannica. Seriously, I remember wanting those and not being able to afford them back then. Hoping my kids love and make use of the little library I’ve built at home.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:03 pm

      Those were such a treasure when we were kids 😊. I am sure your kids too will love your library.

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  2. Tarang
    August 25, 2023 @ 11:35 am

    How lovely! The book looks so beautiful and you have kept it so carefully, wow. We didn’t have a public library in our locality (there was a place called Pustakalay but there were no pustaks). But our school had a one. We, too, had a home library, small one though. That room doesn’t exist anymore. My grandparents were avid readers ―my father and uncles too ―so I think that and the small home library inspired me to be a reader.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:06 pm

      Thank you for sharing ypur memories too, Tarang 😊. It is quite amazing they survived decades although we would read them practically everyday. Maybe the books back then were more rugged. Thank you for stopping by.

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  3. Swarnali Nath
    August 25, 2023 @ 11:38 am

    Reading your this post makes me feel delighted with my own memories of childhood. Ritu, you are not only a reader but you are also a book lover. I don’t think every reader is a book lover as you. Reading your bookish posts educates and enlightens us to fall in love with books and pursue the reading habit to grow as a human.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:07 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Swarnali 😊. You are too kind.

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  4. Felicia Nazareth
    August 25, 2023 @ 3:03 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment that libraries are the heartbeats of knowledge and imagination. The nostalgia of hot summer afternoons spent immersed in the pages of a good book brings a smile to my face.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:08 pm

      Absolutely Felicia 😊. We owe so much to the libraries of our childhood.

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  5. Ambica Gulati
    August 26, 2023 @ 3:36 pm

    Libraries are such rejuvenating places. I remember going to study till my graduation days and then suddenly, they vanished from my life. Now, am back to reading again voraciously. Your grandfather must have been an avid learner to have not stopped reading, even though the optic nerves didn’t support his love. There is nothing like the scent of a book, it’s so heady. More reading power to you Ritu.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:10 pm

      Thank you so much, Ambica 😊. Life happens and reading for pleasure does tale a back seat sometimes.

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  6. Flavia Cutinho
    August 26, 2023 @ 4:24 pm

    A big salute to the readers family. I have high respect for those who are read lovers and trust me the knowledge that they get filled with through books is far beyond imagination.

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    • Kaveri Chhetri
      August 27, 2023 @ 7:50 pm

      I loved your short trip down memory lane Ritu and I was approaching the end of the blogs n was wondering where yours was.
      The short video is so nostalgic n you’ve preserved the books so well… it reflects your whole family’s love for them.

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      • Ritu
        September 9, 2023 @ 10:12 pm

        I am usually the bookend of the linky, Kaveri 😁. Thank you so much for your kind words.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:11 pm

      Absolutely Flavia. Thank you so much 😊. As I said, it is in our genes.

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  7. Samata
    August 26, 2023 @ 9:07 pm

    The love for book for a child begins right from the home and Thankfully I am among those lucky kids who witnessed the presence and beauty of books from the very young age at home. My father remained inclined to literature since his childhood and wrote for many magazines and books. So my journey with books started from my home library. After that being the daughter of a teacher, I was privileged enough to read books from my Mother’s school library and my School Library. After that there was a vast gap of visiting Library till I landed with a job in Delhi and start visiting the CR park Kalibari Library . Books are love and now I am expanding the collection in my kitty with books in my personal library. Libraries are integral part of my life, Thank you Ritu for reminding me once again. Much love.

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    • Rakhi Jayashankar
      August 27, 2023 @ 10:29 pm

      Being a bibliophile myself I can’t relate with you. Like you , I too started reading at an age that I can’t remember. So happy to find yet another crazy fellow bookworm

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      • Ritu
        September 9, 2023 @ 10:16 pm

        Likewise Rakhi. We are kindred spirits. 😊

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:15 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing your journey and memories, Samata. 😊 Would be an honor to read your father’s writings.

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  8. Monidipa Dutta
    August 27, 2023 @ 5:49 am

    My reading was shaped by my dad’s library in Kolkata and my uncle’s library in Puri. Your nostalgic journey through various libraries is heartwarming. Your connection to books and libraries resonates deeply. The way you describe your family’s home library, your grandparents’ love for reading, and your experiences with different public libraries is endearing.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:17 pm

      Thank you so much, Monidipa 😊. We have indeed been blessed by parents instilling their love for books in us.

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  9. Neeta Kadam
    August 27, 2023 @ 1:26 pm

    I had been to only my school library. And then as a grow up we had a local library with limited edition of books. So my thirst to read is never satisfied rather I am happy whatever I get to read. When I got married my dreams come true to have a library at home. And yes we have small library. Your post is delighted and you are very lucky to have library at every place.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:21 pm

      I have had the privilege being a fauji kid. One thing the army provides at almost every station is a well stocked library. Your girls are blessed to have a mom share her love for books with them. 😊

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  10. Docdivatraveller
    August 27, 2023 @ 4:09 pm

    Wow that was an intriguing read. My home library was definitely a big shaping factor in my life. Other than that, I have enjoyed my school Library the most. I was also a member of the Indian Oil club library and have fond memories of reading their and getting exotic books for myself.
    Never became a member in any Library in my adult life. I love strolling through book stores. And I am building one in my own home now, just like my mom’s book collection.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:23 pm

      That is lovely, Mandira. 😊 Building one’s own collection is such fun and rewarding too.

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  11. Pamela Mukherjee
    August 27, 2023 @ 4:10 pm

    Wow I loved reading this post. Your post made me nostalgic. I have a small library in my home and I try to collect books from different eras. Now, am back to reading again voraciously, as I enjoy reading good books in my free time.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:25 pm

      Thank you so much, Pamela. 😊 Collecting books from different eras sounds so interesting.

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  12. Docdivatraveller
    August 27, 2023 @ 4:13 pm

    PS, every medical student who loves to read, buys the Grays Anatomy. Actually it’s kind of a status symbol for us medicos 🤣 So is Bailey’s in surgery, Cambells in orthopedics and various other reference books in Pathology and other subjects. We hardly ever refer them, but owing them is a matter of pride!

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:26 pm

      Ha ha. And Doctors by Erich Segal. Yet to meet a doctor who hasn’t read the book. 😁

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  13. Anjali Tripathi
    August 27, 2023 @ 4:51 pm

    I absolutely resonate with this post! The thought of a world without books and libraries is just unthinkable. Ray Bradbury’s quote about having no past and future without them really hits home. Growing up in a family of readers, I, too, found solace and adventure within the pages of books. Your description of afternoons spent immersed in reading during summer vacations feels like a cherished memory from my own childhood.
    Your first set of books, the Young Children’s Encyclopedia, brings a smile to my face. It’s incredible how books like those can become windows to the world, igniting curiosity and knowledge long before the digital age.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:29 pm

      Absolutely Anjali. 😊 We sure need more libraries.

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  14. Karen Lavina Dsouza
    August 27, 2023 @ 6:09 pm

    As a child i loved reading but as I grew up with more and more responsibilities having to juggle with work and personal life, reading have become of least interest to me. Reading your post makes me want to build a mini library for my little one to cultivate the habit of reading and also with him i can relive my childhood days and bring back the good habit I feel is lost this long.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:31 pm

      Life happens, Karen. And other stuff takes priority over reading for pleasure. I am indeed humbled that post prompts you to build a mini library for your child. Thank you 😊

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  15. Janaki
    August 27, 2023 @ 7:21 pm

    I have always wondered how you are able to read so much, Ritu and today I got the answer. Its the habit infused in childhood that has also grown with you plus the genetic makeup. Wonderful….lucky you and your brother! would love to see your currect bookshelf (bookshelves ) too.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:32 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Janaki. 😊 Will definitely share them. Starting with the one we call the library.

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  16. Madhu Bindra
    August 27, 2023 @ 7:43 pm

    There are all incredible libraries. I have contributed to one too 😀 When I saw the encyclopedia, I knew we had to buy it. I miss the Arty Centre library. I was the best one we had.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:34 pm

      Thank you for getting that series for us. Come to think of it, it is older than me. 😲

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  17. Preeti Chauhan
    August 27, 2023 @ 8:20 pm

    Ritu,I did not have a home library as we were not that well off but my love for books was handed down by our parents, we did have access to his office library and our school libraries where we could borrow a lot of books. In fact, it’s true that reading does change you as a person. I must say you were blessed in this regard.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:35 pm

      Thank you so much, Preeti 😊. We were truly blessed to have access to such incredible libraries.

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  18. sadvik kylash
    August 27, 2023 @ 9:09 pm

    I so wish to be an example for my kids. They see me spend a lot of time with books a lot. My elder one wants to build her own mini library like Mamma! proudest I was when I heard that.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:38 pm

      That is so precious, Sadvika 😊. Setting an example is incredibly important. Everyone around me was constantly reading so I picked a book although it was a picture book. 😁

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  19. Sivaranjini Anandan
    August 27, 2023 @ 9:40 pm

    libraries are what makes life of an introvert. Your trip down memory lane starting with your home library and libraries at different places was a trip of nostalgia without a doubt.

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  20. Sivaranjini Anandan
    August 27, 2023 @ 9:40 pm

    libraries are what makes life of an introvert. Your trip down memory lane starting with your home library and libraries at different places was a trip of nostalgia without a doubt.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:39 pm

      Thank you so much Sivaranjini 😊

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  21. Trinanjana Roy
    August 28, 2023 @ 12:02 am

    My school library and my grandparents libraries together nurtured my love for reading anf finally helped me to shape my career. Always immensely grateful to those souls

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:39 pm

      We have indeed been blessed, Trinanjana. 😊

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  22. Harjeet Kaur
    August 28, 2023 @ 4:50 pm

    Your blog is a treasure trove of libraries. Mine is quaint, but I set it up.I had bought the full sets of Chidcraft and Young Scientist for my kids. Now I display them and ask the kids in the community to take and read them.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:41 pm

      That is so lovely. Sharing books is the best thing ever. 😊❤ I recall we had a Space Adventures in your Home and would love trying out all those experiments.

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  23. Neelam
    August 29, 2023 @ 12:47 pm

    Your post brings back such joyful memories of my own childhood, Ritu. Your posts about books inspire us and encourage a love for reading, helping us grow as individuals.

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:42 pm

      Thank you so much, Neelam 😊

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  24. Jeannine
    September 4, 2023 @ 4:58 pm

    We’re incredibly blessed to have great libraries as well here in Singapore. That’s one thing I appreciate the most especially raising our daughters cause that’s one thing that’s non-existent in the Philippines. I grew up enjoying libraries whenever we went on summer vacation in Japan. Happy to know you’ve got great libraries as well on that side of the world=)

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    • Ritu
      September 9, 2023 @ 10:44 pm

      Unfortunately libraries are dying. Too harsh but then we have more multiplexes than libraries around here. I do hope people rediscover their love for libraries.

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