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Revathi Gogate’s circulating library is unlike any other. Instead of members visiting the library, books are sent to them. This is how it works: Each week members are allowed to borrow two books. Members choose the time and day of the week that is most suited to them. A library representative visits the member’s house at the designated time with a few books based on member’s preferences.

What started out as an experimental endeavour is turning out to be a successful venture. Revati Gogate is a booklover who owned a personal collection of around two hundred books. Just like any genuine booklover, she had an urge to share her wealth with others. This urge took the form of the library with home service. The library is a not-for-profit venture organized for the purpose of cultivating a closer relationship between Marathi literature and booklovers in Thane. Today, in less than a year, the library has a collection of four hundred books which is growing at a rapid pace. The collection includes novels, storybooks, biographies and books by celebrated Marathi writers like P L Deshpande, Gauri Deshpande, Jaywant Dalvi, and Venkatesh Madgulkar. Books are regularly added on the suggestion of readers.

When asked why she chose to offer books at home, Gogate replied, "Members of circulating libraries often find that the books they are looking for are not available, making their trips to the library unproductive. The service we provide eliminates this aspect completely. Besides, once we know the type of books a certain member is interested in, we recommend good books to them." Old men and women find this service especially useful as they are spared the visit that many of them find cumbersome.

But circulating books is not the end of the agenda. To start with, the library has organised a gathering of members on Wednesday, July 31, 2002 in Sahyog Mandir at 5 pm. Vidya Bal, social worker & editor of Miloon Saryajani, a Pune based women’s monthly, will preside over the function. Members have been encouraged to bring along their friends and acquaintances who share their love of books. The event is open to all and lovers of Marathi literature can call Revati Gogate on 5447918 or 5400859 for more details.

Next on cards is a Reader’ Forum. This forum will attempt to bring together avid readers on a common platform so that they can plan and organise regular activities that will benefit the community and also spread the love of literature.

Spitting Disorder
"Cleanliness is next to Godliness" is a wise saying that is advocated by almost all religions. But unfortunately it is rarely put into practice.

As he was walking on the streets of this city last week, this writer had a disgusting experience. No sooner than he stepped out of the station that a dignified looking man spit out in front of him, almost nonchalantly. Two steps forward and another man repeated the same "spitting" behaviour. The two gentlemen did not even apologise. Is something wrong with our sense of hygiene and cleanliness?

Lack of sufficient laws make it extremely difficult to control the spitting syndrome among the insensitive citizens. Unfortunately, it takes something as dreaded a plague to wake up our sleeping administrators. When plague hit Gujarat, the world threatened to cut all ties with India. Suddenly awareness drives were seen all over the country urging citizens not to spit in public. But now that the threat is over, things are back to normal. People spit everywhere – bus stops/stations, beaches, parks, cinema halls, inside buses, outside temples and inside hospitals! One favourite spot for habitual spitters is the staircase. Invariably every staircase is decorated with red colour stains of pan. Several societies have come up with an interesting way to deal with this problem. They have put up picture of deities so that the god fearing individuals will refrain from the unhealthy practice.

The TMC regularly fines people who spit in public and collects an estimated Rs. 3-4 lacs every year. But it is virtually impossible to catch every defaulter. The only way out is to create awareness about the importance of cleanliness on a regular basis, which sadly is not happening.

Here’s an appeal to all readers in Thane: Never spit in a public place. The human saliva has a lot of micro organisms and spitting in the open makes other people vulnerable to infections caused by these micro organisms. If you have to spit, do so in a washbasin and run enough water after that so that all harmful organisms are washed away. Let us always keep our city clean.

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