For the duration of this notice, unless otherwise stated, all images have been trawled from my photographic archives... pandemic times have curtailed camera times!!!

13 February 2014


(It would have been oh so easy to continue in sequence... however one of my mottoes in life is to expect the unexpected. Am simply passing that on. &*<>)

For the first shot in the second year of My Take, we coincide with Thursday Challenge and the theme prompt this week is BOOKS.  Be they printed, written, school, note, historic... Now it has to be said that books are a major love of mine.  In my shunt from one side of the world to the other and back again, the greater number of items carried with me has been The Library.

When thinking about that, I recalled that whilst at Sandeepany (Mumbai), we had an overhaul of the library there and on the final day, it was all hands on deck.  

Forgive the quality - these were taken on the Uniden digicam, without flash and under fluorescent lighting.  Horrible.  But given the air was full of dust anyway, it kinda gives you the atmosphere.  There was no "silence please" that day!

It was fascinating to watch as the many thousands of publications were emptied from their shelves, each and every one of them lovingly dusted, placed for cataloging and then replaced according to the newly updated computer system.

Modern archiving methodology for the old.

Everything was here; Sanskrit of course, but also many of the regional languages of India plus German, English, even a tome of Robert Burns' poems in the original Scots!!

Will we ever have the same reverence or awe for the 'e-book'???


  1. Great captures that do tell the story of move/change etc etc that we all get to go through at some time. This was a big move for a lot of people at one time. You can feel the concern and the care. Wonderful as always, Yamini!! Hope your week is going well!!

  2. impressive photo's of a moment in time wich you seemingly remember with nice memories.

  3. Hari Om

    Must have been a tough but pleasant job!

  4. It looks like a lot of hard work but everyone seems to be giving it there all. A very worthy undertaking.

    On e-books, probably not but they are very handy for traveling.

  5. It warms my heart to see books so loved. Canada's arch-conservative federal government is getting rid of print archives as fast as they can, and NOT replacing them with new technology. Science books are their main focus for destruction.
    I agree with Judy, e-books are indeed very handy for travel. But I understand completely why you've carried your library across continents.

  6. Lovely. I don't think we will have the same awe for an E-book! I couldn't live without a 'normal' book in my house anyway! Books are a part of my life! :)

  7. Must have been a lot of work !

  8. Wow, that must be a lot of work. Nice pictures.


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