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ਚਿੱਠੀ-ਪੱਤਰ | ਮਾਘ 545  Newsletter | Feb 2014
"A tree stands strong not by its fruits or branches,
but by the depth of its roots."
- Anthony Liccione

F. Scott Fitzgerald has said, "Don't forget who you are and where you come from." Forgetting is a human tendency and we tend to take for granted what we get in inheritance. We seldom feel to inculcate in ourselves what comes down to us from our forefathers. This has happened more to us in terms of our cultural heritage than in those of anything else. Visit any old monument in Panjab, and you will be shocked to see its condition. Visit an old library and see how the rarest of the rare pieces of heritage are shedding tears at our inconsiderate attitude of neglect towards them. If the roots are forgotten, however green and fruitful the branches may seem, one day, they dry up and the blossoming flower of a rich culture withers away. The green richness and fruitful abundance that we still feel about our cultural heritage is because of the hard work and farsightedness of our forefathers. Now it is our responsibility to keep it green and flourishing in the times to come.

Panjab Digital Library (PDL) has dreamt of preserving the heritage through digitization and to keep this tree of legacy blooming and PDL also dreams of adding everyone interested in this endeavour of saving the heritage of Panjab. Spread the word, widen the chain, join us to save what remains.

In This Issue
Digital Scorecard
Record Keepers of Nation
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Digital Scorecard
Documents digitized in Jan '14
This month we have digitized manuscripts, books and photographs from the collections of Punjab State Archives Department, Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board and Punjabi Sahit Academy. pile of books
Total Pages   2,15,287
Manuscripts   199
Books   507
Photographs   930
Record Keepers of Nation

Time is always on the move. Its movement is timeless as well as timely. Timeless in the sense that it is ceaseless. Neither its beginning nor its end is identifiable. Its classification into past present and future is of our own reckoning. Despite its infiniteness, we can capture a slice of it and make it as our own. This is what all history and chronological records are. These are representations of different slices of time which, despite their being timely, keep on preserving through written records, books and visual artefacts of diverse variety. The sum total of these slices may take us to the beginnings of time though not the precise moment of beginning and may also point towards eternity. Till then, we have to be content with the part and keep aspiring for the whole.


We have selected some books relating to language this time. While we make these five selected books available for adoption here, you may also choose to adopt from the complete list of books.

Multani Glossary Book $75 Adopt
Ancient India Its Language And Religions Book $28 Adopt
Linguistic Survey of India Book $78 Adopt
The Spirit of Language In Civilization Book $54 Adopt
Bharti Prachin Lipimala Book $72 Adopt
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