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ದಪ್ಪ ಅಕ್ಷರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮುದ್ರಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ

 When I was buying few books of Shlokas (Hindu verses praising God/s), I used to see the above sentence on the books and used to wonder why would anyone print the contents of the book in such fat letters. Now don't start asking, why would I, the little bit atheist, and a person who always makes fun of God and his believers, buy a book of shlokas. The book was for my mother in law.

OK, I may be a semi-atheist, but I am certainly not a liar. I bought these books for myself. I don't know whether  reciting many verses of Sanskrit, whose meanings I do not understand, will help my well-being. But nevertheless I give it a try.

So I used to wonder, why would the publishers print the book in large letters. Are these printed thus, so that God from wherever he is can read them and gloat about his praises? I don't think so. He must be above all this. Especially so, when there are so many people all over the world, who are ready to work for him, till the last drops of others their blood.

But what I did not understand then, is clear now. The books are clearly visible now without glasses too, so that when I am cooking, I can read the book aloud without my chaalees. (reading glasses).

Tell me, who is more likely to read shlokas, a young woman in her twenties or  a  middle aged woman in her late forties or more? The young woman has so many other things to fill her time and is not so disillusioned with the world. So women like me need to read shlokas and they would be very happy when the book is in large print.

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