BENGALURU: Striving to encourage the reading habit in an era… driven by technology, an auto driver has come up with miniature versions of the Bhagavad Gita and eminent Kannada author.DV Gundappa’s Mankuthimmana Kagga.
The books created by K Jagannath, 53, a resident of Chandra Layout in West Bengaluru, measure 2cm x 1.5cm, almost equivalent to an old five rupee coin in size.
While the tiny Bhagavad Gita which runs into around 100 page, is available in English, Hindi, and Kannada, Mankuthimmana Kagga (121 pages) containing 945 poems is available only in Kannada. Jagannath has penned all the 945 poems in one sheet.
Jagannath, who has studied up to II PU, said the reading habit is on a decline. “With innumerable channels to watch, the reader slowly shifted to the TV in the late 1990s. But the shift was rapid after the mobile phone,” he said.
The driver said he has spent around Rs 25,000 in creating the miniature books. “It is a huge amount for me. But I undertook the initiative to save the reading habit and my mother tongue Kannada,” he said.
Jagannath is yet to decide whether to distribute the books free of cost or charge a nominal amount. He lives with his homemaker wife Shashikala and son Kiran Kumar, a civil contractor.