“Reading is essential for the children as it helps them develop initiative, originality and character, besides providing instruction and invaluable experiences. Reading also enables the children to see possibilities, alternatives and options that they could not see before. A well-read child seeks meaning in his or her day-to-day life and desires to unfold the mysteries of the wonderful world of nature, science and intricacies of human relations. Coming into contact with a good book and possessing it, is indeed an everlasting enrichment of life. Book becomes a permanent companion. Sometimes, they are born before us; they guide us during our life journey and continue for many generations. Books enable the children to view the past, use the experience for the present and dream for the future.” Excerpts from 2010 speech by (Late) Dr APJ Abdul Kalam (Former President of India) at the festival closing in Dehra Dun, 2010.