The students of Grade 9, 10 and 11, had an excursion to the State Central Library, Bengaluru. This trip was a sudden surprise to the students who expected a regular day at school. The Seshadri Iyer memorial library, popularly known as State Central Library is located in Cubbon Park, Bengaluru. We had a lovely drive in our school buses to the destination and it took us 45 minutes to reach the library. When we entered Cubbon Park all we could see was greenery with trees and plants. The cold weather of the area added to its appeal. The park is maintained brilliantly and the feeling of relaxation you get when you reach Cubbon Park is splendid.

We then entered the library in 2 groups because only 20 students were allowed at once and we were more than 40 in number. The library completely captured our attention. For a 103-year-old building, it was charismatic. When I enquired about the total number of books in the library, the official told me that it is home to over 31,40,000 books, with a copy of every book ever published in the State.

The books ranged from Indian History to World History, from Mathematics to Economics, from CAT and Board exams to IAS/IPS examination books and from travelogues to books regarding various languages. It had books on each and every topic. The book I read was ‘Sardar Vallabhai Patel’ which contained his biography along with his life’s work. They had floors and floors of books but unfortunately, we didn’t have time to go through all of them. When our reading time got over, we left the library with a heavy heart.

Luckily we were allowed to have our lunch in Cubbon Park along with its alluring greenery. We spent about 45 minutes to 1 hour enjoying the calm and peaceful view and soon returned to our buses. The memories of this field trip are stored in the form of pictures which were taken during our visit. This was an incredible experience enjoyed by each and every student from grades 9 to 11. We all hope to visit again.

Written by: B.Akshay Narayanan
Edited by: Diya Anil Kumar

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