I went to a library couple of weeks ago for some reference material for my studies. It was a pleasant evening with humid weather and full of cold wind. The library was very old, some may even refer it as ancient but it’s still there even in this digital era. I took my first step inside that library, the floor was full of bookish dust which was lying there for years. After that, I saw about ten metal rack for books, although they were standing there for decades corrosion was eating them like termites eat wooden planks. I was looking for some history related to ancient Rome but when I got the books I got flabbergasted when the books themselves appeared excavated directly from ancient Rome as when I tried to turn some pages they gave me crackling sounds of paper.
The pages appeared too old that they turned into yellowish color with fade and it looked like manuscripts rather than modern printed books. The dust over the books which I took was enough to fill a standard size tea cup or even more. Then, I went looking for a world atlas to locate the modern cities of Rome, after searching for a while I finally managed to excavate an Oxford atlas from the filthy rack of the bookshelf.
The book itself was printed in 2003 (that time Pluto was considered a planet) which was also in a piteous condition. The big chart of the world and countries was half torn apart. Maybe someone took it off or it got torn itself under such hideous circumstances. So I went to other pages to look for other information but as I started turning up the pages it created sticky noises from the pages as no one opened it for over a decade.
The librarian himself was an old man of seventy’s or over. It seemed that no one likes to work at such a lonely and filthy place where anyone barely comes. Today to the youngsters’ such place seems to be a place of torture and death of entertainment. And the books in the library also depicts that they got a bloodbath from the modern era of digitalization, modernization, changing a culture. On the other hand, it is also true that digitalization has improved efficiency in work and studies.
Then, I searched for an English dictionary. So, I asked the old librarian for one he showed me a grand wooden almirah by suggesting gesture towards it. I went to that almirah and tried to open it in order to get a dictionary. But when I opened it some rattling and creaking noises came. Inside the almirah was tenebrous and full of dust. So I turned on my phone’s flashlight to take a look. I saw an old bulky dictionary along with some deceased spiders. The dictionary was quite old and heavy symbolizing old means of a dictionary.
A thought came to my mind that why I’m not using the dictionary app on my phone. I instantly threw the old dictionary back to the almirah and wiped my hands with a clean handkerchief. When I turned on the app on my mobile and searched for a couple of words. It also made me realize after this instant form of dictionary how useless the old means have become. As they have just limited to institutional purposes only. Today’s modern child doesn’t even know how to use one of them.
What I realized:
The library itself shows an example of one sided war between the new and the old. Showed me the loss of its value among the people. People who are just busy with them and the evil face of technology. The government also want to spend minimum funds for the library possible. It’s really painful to see the pathetic condition of that library. Digital Rust is eating up the library alive and there’s nothing we can do. The World is evolving and technology is also evolving at a twice rate. Yesterday’s modern thing is today’s antique.