World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April:  A Great Day for Book Lovers 

During school days, we read books are our best friends who will never walk away from us. Undoubtedly books are our friends. It provides knowledge in different fields and enhances our wisdom and intelligence. From class one onwards we all read books and many of us continuously read books until our death.  To popularize reading habits this year 23 April 2022 is observed as World Book Day. This is also known as World Book and Copyright Day or International Day of the Book, which is an annual event organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing, and copyright

 Each year, on 23 April, celebrations take place all over the world to recognize the scope of books – a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures. On this occasion, UNESCO and the international organizations representing the three major sectors of the book industry – publishers, booksellers, and libraries, select the World Book Capital for a year to maintain, through its own initiatives, the impetus of the Day’s celebrations.  23 April is a symbolic date in world literature as on this date several prominent authors, William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all passed away. So this,  the date was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone to access books (unesco.org/commemorations/worldbookday).

According to World Reading Habits in 2020, (geediting.com/world-reading-habits-2020), by conducting research studies across the world they have found that coronavirus has changed our reading habits. Some of the highlights of World Reading Habits in 2020 research inter alia are:

         India reads more than any other country, followed by Thailand and China

         Printed books continue to drive more revenue than eBooks or audiobooks. However, physical books sales did dip because of coronavirus (not surprisingly).

         35% of the world read more due to coronavirus.

Also, World Reading Habits in 2020 have given ranks which may be seen as below:

1)        India (10.42   hours spent in reading per person per week)

2)       Thailand (9.24 hours spent in reading per person per week)

3)        China  (8.00 hours spent in reading per person per week)

4)       Philippines (7.36 hours spent in reading per person per week)

5)       Egypt (7.30 hours spent in reading per person per week)

19)   Spain (5.48 hours spent in reading per person per week)

20)   Canada (5.48 hours spent in reading per person per week)

21)  Germany (5.42 hours spent in reading per person per week)

22)  USA (5.42 hours spent in reading per person per week)

It is pertinent to mention that ranks have been given by World Reading Habits in 2020. But interesting points are India, Thailand, China, Philippines, and Egypt are in the first five but so-called developed countries such as Spain, Canada, Germany, and the USA are placed at a comparatively low level. 

On this Day of 23 April, as a senior citizen, I suggest that parents should encourage their children to read more and more books including newspapers. Reading habit is the sine qua non for leading a balanced lifestyle.

Best Music to Listen while Studying

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Students who are music enthusiasts or just music listeners prefer to study with music. The music that they prefer depends on their taste and what they feel comfortable or non-disturbing during their study session.

Music can have both positive and negative effects on studying, depending on the student and the type of music. In this article, we will look at the best study music – what to listen to while studying.

Pros of Listening to Music While Studying

Music that is soothing and relaxing can help students to beat stress or anxiety while studying. It may improve focus on a task by providing motivation, improving mood, and aiding endurance. Sometimes, students have found that music helps them with memorization, likely by creating a positive mood, which indirectly boosts memory formation.

Cons of Listening to Music While Studying

However, students who listen to music with lyrics while completing reading or writing tasks tend to be less efficient and come away having absorbed less information. Loud music can have adverse effects on reading comprehension and on mood, making the focus more difficult.

What Does Science Say?

The theory that listening to music, particularly classical music, makes people smarter, was developed in the early 1990s. It’s not clearly established, at least scientifically, that listening to classical music, or any music for that matter, actually makes a person smarter or more intelligent. Studies and research have found that depending on the type of music, it can actually help students to focus more while studying. In this post, we will look at the best music type or playlist that can help you study better.

So, What is the Best Music to Listen to?

Start With Something You Know

It’s important to remember that there’s music for every occasion and so the best music for concentration might not be your first choice on a normal day. Think about the sort of music that you play whilst online gaming – do you ever turn it down for when you need to concentrate? Perhaps you have a playlist that you switch to when you know that the gameplay will be confusing; that might just be your best study music.

If you’re able to start by finding one or two songs that really help you to focus then that can be a great place to start. Music plays a big role in all of our lives, so it’s key to find something that suits your own tastes. Working from the tracks you’ve found, try a search through an app like Spotify to help find more tracks that are similar. Their algorithms can see which tracks people listen to and match you up to new songs that you might enjoy. 

Try Classical Music

Classical music is known for being both peaceful and harmonious, creating a calm and serene study environment for the listen. It’s recommended as one of the best studying genres for students because listeners report side effects like better mood and increased productivity. As far as side effects go, those aren’t too shabby!

Stay Away From Lyrics

Music with lyrics or basically songs are meant to be heard with certain amount of attention. This would make studying tedious as it interferes into your studies and would waste your time. It’s like trying doing both things at the same time and end up doing nothing.

Conclusion

Listening to music can calm you down, leading to more conscientious studying, elevating your mood, motivating you to stay focused and studying for longer periods of time. However, it really depends on what to listen to while studying.

At the end of the day, what actually matters is that whatever you’re listening to doesn’t distract you, calms you and truly puts your mind into study mode so that you can be productive and retain as much information as possible.