The Dire Need of Acknowledging Our Books and Language - by Anamta Tariq

In a world proceeding with English as the most important language, there is a dire need of acknowledging books written in our national language. Living in this ultra-modern world full of robotics, the majority of us don’t read books or if by luck we do, they are only the ones written in English. Being a part of this present time even I didn’t know the hidden gems in the form of books written by our very own Urdu writers. Watching the current content on our media is producing the only image we can have about books being written in Urdu. People visualize a cheesy romance novel or a typical book telling us what our society is, but the reality is quite the opposite. Urdu books are not what we think they are. The importance of recognizing our own culture is never discussed in our society. There is nothing in our media that brings content produced by the writers of our very own country nor is the need of appreciating our language being acknowledged.

After all, literature is the story of humans. Through books we have known our origin, our roots, our history, and most importantly, it tells us who we truly are. Books are bridges through which our end is connected to the other end of society. They assist us in understanding the complexities of the world that are usually far beyond our comprehension.

The importance of a book can be judged by the fact that in human history, all the major religions had a book to follow, a set of rules to shape their life. Muslims perceive the Qur'an as their holiest book, it is the core of their religion. Books govern the cycle of life of people who believe in them.

However, in a world run by technology, media is the main means of mass communication. Being such a vital part of society, the media should highlight and encourage our literature and language. Specifically social media should be used to target our youth and the upcoming generations as it has the ability to preside over the minds of the masses.

Urdu books, written by good, talented, and dexterous Pakistani writers are a treat to read, and the ones who have read it would agree with me! We are moving forward with all these modern advances, but we are much behind in the field of literature because people in our society have stopped valuing our language. Our youth has stopped reading and acknowledging books as they find them old-fashioned and 'uncool'. These modern technological advances have not only taken over people’s time and energy but also their mental capability to think differently. They feel bound to the trends of our society. They blindly follow it regardless of considering the fact that it may harm them.