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Author: Lata Hariharan
The year 1976. I was 9 years old and in love with Enid Blyton books – the Five Find-Outers, the Famous Five and any other books of hers that I could find. We had just moved to Cochin (now Kochi) from Delhi. Luckily I discovered the local Officers Club had a library that actually stocked these books. The library was truly small, just a few shelves. But I could bike to the Club as it was so close to my home.
The library had many war-related books that held no interest to me at that time. But I also discovered that it had a treasure trove – Asterix & Obelix and Tintin comics. My sister and I would bring these home and my father would fight to read the comic first!
At that time, we didn’t have a TV and cell phones and home computers didn’t exist. However, books were there all around us to transport us into magical worlds. And libraries, small or big, supplied us the potion for our imagination.