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Listen: Meet Anand Akolkar, Who is Waging a Lonely War to Preserve Books in Mumbai

In this episode of The Intersection, we learn about the crusaders who preserve and restore old books so we don’t lose the invaluable gift of knowledge.

To change our attitude towards books, we need to better understand their role in knowledge transmission. Credit: ocegep/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

To change our attitude towards books, we need to better understand their role in knowledge transmission. Credit: ocegep/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

In India, the preservation and restoration of old manuscripts is not treated with the seriousness it deserves by libraries. Against this environment of callousness, Anand Akolkar wages a somewhat lonely war from his humble home in Mumbai. He battles with the harsh elements of nature and an uncaring bureaucracy to preserve and restore old and dying manuscripts. Over 7,500-km away, in Dublin, we get a peek into the biggest library in Ireland and learn how seriously the preservation and restoration of books is treated. To change our attitude, we need to understand the value of knowledge transmitted through books and learn to cherish them.

This is the latest episode of The Intersection, a fortnightly podcast on Audiomatic. For more such podcasts visit audiomatic.in.

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    Is it possible to share the contact details of Shri Akolkar?