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ਚਿੱਠੀ-ਪੱਤਰ | ਚੇਤ 546  Newsletter | March 2014
"There is no scent so pleasant to my nostrils as that faint,
subtle reek which comes from an ancient book."

                                                            - Arthur Conan Doyle

What is so wonderful about an ancient book? Is this the age of its pages, its content, or its worth due to the times it has endured, or is this its probability of having been touched by the hands and having been scanned by the eyes of some people of significance who lived centuries before us, or is it the feel that it gives to our senses while walking through the aisles between bookcases inside a library? For different people, the reasons of this association with the ancient can vary. Sometimes the article of antiquity itself rises to a scriptural level due to its connection with the older times and its value is understood and taken full-heartedly by people in large. But then there are several articles of utmost substance which remain untouched for decades and centuries.

Walking hand-in-hand with time, sometimes trying to run ahead of it, man loses this connection with the ancient. The limitation of lifespan seems to further limit the man's possibility to be in touch with the antiquity. One should take some time off one's rush hours and have a date with the antiquity by blowing off the dust from the covers and sensing the scent of the articles of heritage, trying to hear the sound of the written words, see the historicity in your hands, and live the magic of the timeless.

 
In This Issue
Digital Scorecard
Does Info Blunt Creativity?
Adopt-A-Book
Support PDL
Thank You
Digital Scorecard
Documents digitized in Feb '14
 
This month we have digitized manuscripts, books and photographs from the collections of Punjab State Archives Department and Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board. pile of books
          
Total Pages   116,138
No. of Manuscripts   227
No. of Books   683
No. of Photographs   148
Does Info Blunt Creativity?

Simultaniety, synonymity and spontaneity seem to unify the creator, creativity and creation. The moment the creator started creating the species, the process of creativity was passed on to and got imbibed inherently in every created being as well. From the tiniest organism in nature to the biggest species of creation, creativity is spontaneous and effortlessly natural. Plants sprout, flowers blossom with the first blush of spring, animal species manifest their beastly instincts the moment they take birth and the human child cries the moment it is born. All these are signs of expression of their creativity. Does the written word blunt creativity and originality as these entities influence the mind of the new enterant before he begins to manifest his creative genius?

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Adopt-a-Book
We have selected some manuscripts this time. You may also choose to adopt from the complete list of books.

Gyan Manjari Manuscript $27 Adopt
Zafarnama Manuscript $50 Adopt
Swaye Manuscript $53 Adopt
Teeka Sri Guru Granth Sahib Manuscript $104 Adopt
Padam Puran Manuscript $521 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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