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ਚਿੱਠੀ-ਪੱਤਰ | ਵੈਸਾਖ 546  Newsletter | April 2014
"The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence
that we may yet have hope for the future of man."

                                                                                - T. S. Eliot

Hope sustains life. It keeps the flow of positivity in the veins of humanity while expecting a better future for the humankind. All the inventions and discoveries, victories and successes have been achieved by treading a path full of thorns, hopelessness and despair but if the hope is kindled in heart, there is no looking back for human. A scientist in a laboratory is hopeful of coming out with a success formula while undergoing an invention. The doctors try to inject hopefulness in the mind of a patient suffering from a chronic disease while treating them by medication. People work day and night in hope of a better future and better quality of life for themselves and their offspring.

A (digital or traditional) library houses a number of resources and makes them available to the mankind hoping for us to make acquaintance with these resources. A book is considered lucky that finds place in a library as its probability of getting read increases manifold because there it belongs to public. Panjab Digital Library (PDL) houses a big chunk of digital resources on the heritage of Panjab that add to about 1000 TB of data. PDL is producing about 3 TB data every day. Before the devastation takes on these pages carrying stories about the lives and culture of our forefathers, PDL wants to make every possible effort to preserve this rich heritage. The force that keeps PDL going is hope – the hope to save the precious heritage of Panjab for the generations to come, and we hope that each individual is with us in this race against time.

 
In This Issue
Digital Scorecard
Tide in the Affairs of Men
Adopt-A-Book
Support PDL
Thank You
Digital Scorecard
Documents digitized in Mar '14
 
This month we have digitized manuscripts, books, photographs and maps from the collections of Punjab State Archives Department and Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board.
Total Pages   152,902
No. of Manuscripts   58
No. of Books   410
No. of Photographs   784
No. of Maps   13
Tide in the Affairs of Men

Great events do not happen without a cause, nor do they happen all of a sudden, though some time they look to be so. Very often, it is the Man and the Moment which coalesce that brings about events with far-reaching consequences. In this category fall all the great constitutional, legislative and systemic political Acts which tend to govern the destiny of millions of men. All the great reforms in the world, be they religious, social or political, have materialized when the right person/persons emerged at the right moment. Morley-Minto Reforms Act 1909, an act of the Parliament of United Kingdom, popularly known as the Minto-Morley Reforms was one such spectacular event in the history of India’s Independence. Its two architects were two British personages with sound political vision, deft diplomatic skills and seasoned administrative experience.

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Adopt-a-Book
This time, we have selected some books relating to rivers of Panjab. You may also choose to adopt from the complete list of books.

El Alamein to The River Sangro Book $34 Adopt
The Red River and the Blue Hill Book $36 Adopt
Commerce By River In The Punjab Book $38 Adopt
The Land Of The Five Rivers Book $75 Adopt
The Punjab River Water Dispute Book $13 Adopt
Baba Bedi Collection Manuscripts $10349 Adopt

PDL is also offering an opportunity to adopt a whole collection of Baba Sarabjot Singh ji Bedi, Una, descendant of Guru Nanak Sahib and great grandson of Baba Sahib Singh Bedi who did coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The collection consists of 85 historical manuscripts including Guru Granth Sahib, Bhagwad Geeta, Ram Charitmanas Teeka, Bhagat Mala and Panj Granthi among others. Your support by adopting this collections will help us digitize around 60,000 pages and keep this collection online for all times to come. Please click here to adopt the whole collection.

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