Keep it alive or not.


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The Merchant of Venice, two years of studying the book, what did I gain from it in my school years and also getting tested on it. Well, for me the story itself taught me a lot but what it really did was create a love for literature. How to read and appraise a book was instilled into us during those two years. Our teachers were excellent in their love for English language and literature and truly passed it on the bunch of selected girls that were taught in our class. Sister Mary Magdalene and Miss Aparna Choudhury were both legendary teachers. Many of my school friends will definitely appreciate them and still salute them.

Recently there was a debate if Shakespeare should be even taught in schools anymore. Both my brothers studied them and have never heard them complaining.Both my kids have been doing Shakespeare plays in school GCSE course as well as Speech and Drama lessons. I am so proud of them to have had the patience to study and work through the plays. I think if it is not taught in school age , its a hard one to get the heads round the material in later life. A good appreciation for hard core literature will never develop otherwise. Now they can watch plays and opera with enough love and enthusiam for their current modern culture that they are living in as well the past. I hope they will pass on the love for reading to their next generation.

Any language of this world has rich history behind it. All cultures have a legacy to live up to. Songs, paintings, books are immortal and need to be kept alive. Not everybody has to appreciate them but for the few that love them need to have them around. People give up so much time for the art societies that they love and work for, their dedications are commendable.

I do love reading books and I am very thankful for my previous generation to have made me read and endure through classic and modern literature. Books are a great way to keep happy you know.

9 thoughts on “Keep it alive or not.

  1. Excellent Rishi! I second your thoughts. Indeed Merchant of Venice did instill in us a love for language and literature. Shakespeare’s plays are important as they help us know about the past culture, they enhance our skill over the language. We use so many phrases that were coined by Shakespeare. Moreover the emotions and sentiments highlighted by Shakespeare hold true to this day as some Bollywood movies have their theme borrowed from Shakespeare’s plays- Maqbool from Macbeth, Omkara from Othello, another one from Hamlet and Angoor from Comedy of Errors. You revived those memories of the English classes and our remarkable teachers!

  2. Studenthood is the only phase when one builds one’s appreciation for things like literature. One has the time, the mental faculties are alert and one can absorb whatever comes one’s way.
    I would strongly vote for Shakespeare to continue.
    Well written, Rishi, as always!

  3. Well said Rishi ! Imagine if you had not studies Shakespeare in school, would you have had time to read it on your own with your busy medical school curriculum. I totally agree with you

  4. As I am reading your post I m reminded of my love for literature when I was a teenager. I read all I could and in my language in Italian.
    Unfortunately I had shock therapy, I m Bipolar plus lots of meds, I lost the memories of the joy of reading.Thank you for stopping by my site.

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