An auto driver aspired to encourage the reading habit in an era driven by technology. He has come up with miniature versions of Bhagavad Gita and eminent author DV Gundappa's Mankuthimmana Kagga.
The books are created by K Jagannath who is a 53-year-old man and a resident of Chandra Layout in west Bengaluru. He lives with his homemaker wife Shashikala and son Kiran Kumar who is a civil contractor. The miniature version measures 2 cmm x 1.5 cm. The size is almost equivalent to an old five rupee coin size.
The tiny version of Bhagavad Gita is a collection of around 100 pages that are available in English, Hindi and Kannada, Mankuthimmana Kagga (121) containing 945 poems available only in Kannada. Jagannath has written all the 945 poems in one single sheet.
Jagannath has studied up to II PU said the reading habit of people is decreasing day by day. Nowadays there are innumerable channels on T.V as well as everything is available on smartphones. He wanted to save the reading habit and therefore invested in the miniature version of Bhagavad Gita. One more reason behind this initiative was to save his mother tongue 'Kannada' which was great thinking ahead.
"With innumerable channels to watch, readers slowly started shifting to TV in the late 1990s. But the shift was rapid after the advent of the mobile phone,'' he said. The driver revealed that he spent Rs. 25000 in creating the tiny versions of Bhagavad Gita. "Its huge amount for me. But I undertook the initiative to save the reading habit and my mother tongue Kannada" he said. Jagannath has not yet decided whether he will distribute the book free of cost or he is going to charge a nominal price for it.
We all hope that this initiative taken by Jagannath goes on well and he must receive a great feedback from the people.