#Odisha Paper Boy Shashanka Sekhar Dash – Youth passionate affairs with #Newspapers Collected 2541 newspapers in 48 different languages from 59 countries #OdishaTalk
Meet Mr Shashanka Sekhar Dash, the paperboy. A 37 years youth resident of Arangabad village in Bari Block of Odisha’s Jajpur district. Some 110 km from Odisha capital Bhubaneswar, now working with Indian Grameen Services, a group company of Basix. But his real passion is collecting newspapers from all corners of the world. Dash already has a collection of 2541 newspapers in 48 different languages from 59 countries. I initially collected Odia newspapers in the year of 2001. Later I decided to collect newspapers from other states and countries, Dash said. I have enriched my knowledge by nurturing a hobby like this.
Shashanka Sekhar Dash’s collection comprises newspapers from Afganistan, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Canada, Chin, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Hongkong, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nepal, Newzeland, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Dumali, Republic of Panama, Russia, Saudi Arab, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Netherland, Timor, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of Americabesides the other states of India.
I love to read different books and newspapers, even their older editions. When they get collected in large numbers, I decide not to dispose them of because they too have some value and one can enjoy reading them any time, he said.
The newspapers that Shashanka Sekhar Dash collected in his home are in different languages like African, Arabi, Assamese, Australian English, Bengali, Bhutanese, Bi-Lingual, Chinese, Dautch, English, French, Garo, German, Gujurati, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Khasi, Konkani, Korean, Koshali, Kudumali, Malayalam, Marathi, Multi-Lingual, Nepali, Norwegian, Odia, Odia Language English Script, Pashto, Partugese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Santali (Olchiki), Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Tamil, Telgu, Tetum, Thai, Turkish and Urdu.
When asked how he manages to get these copies, Dash said: “I take the help of the editors of different newspapers by sending them mail. Sometimes, I collect their telephone numbers from the directory and speak to them”. “I request them to send me a copy of their paper. Many of them do not respond. There are some editors who send me free copies of their papers to encourage me in my hobby,” he said. Dash, has exhibited his collection twice in the district headquarters of Mayurbhanj at Baripada and once at campus of Indian Institute of Mass communication, Dhenkanal. However he has a desire to exhibit them not only in other places in India but also abroad particularly in countries like the US and Britain.
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During 33rd Bhubaneswar Book fair of this year he exhibited his collection for 12 days for the public at Bhubaneswar, the state capital of Odisha. Every day he exhibited the collection in a theme. The themes were daily Odia, Daily English, Daily Hindi, Foreign Papers, Singleday papers, name with Kalinga-Utkal-Odisha, name with Times-Samachar, Old editions etc.
He has converted a part of his house into an exhibition Centre to showcase his collection. His plan is to set up a newspaper museum in his father’s name at his village. Already Dolagobinda Newspaper museum starts.
Shashanka has authored seven books in the Odia language for children and has the distinction of registering his name as a poet and editor of a children newspaper Shishu pratiyogee published by the Sahitya Academy. His new book is KHABARAKAGAJA ANEKA KATHA. This book is the story of collection.
However, his passion does not end with collecting newspapers. He has nearly 310 souveniers, 67 college magazines, above 181 newsletter, 750 magazines and 5 thousand books in different languages. He said his library and museum could be of great help to the rural folks.
Now he got the India Book of Records and Limca Book of Records award, “We hope to see his name in the Guiness World Records for collecting newspapers,” his retired Middle English School Head Master father Dolagobinda Dash, 81, said.
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