N-E youth read more than others: Study

The Northeast could well leave behind the rest of the country when it comes to reading habits. A study by the National Book Trust shows that youngsters in the Northeast pick up a book for leisure reading more often than those in the other states.

Among the northeastern states, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram together lead the tally with a total of 67 per cent literate youngsters reading books for leisure, as per the National Youth Readership Survey 2009. Assam contributes with 41.5 per cent while 24.2 youngsters belong to the rest of the region. The proportion of leisure book readers in Assam (39 per cent) is lower than in Mizoram (62 per cent), Manipur (52 per cent), Nagaland (47 per cent).

In terms of frequency, 32.6 per cent literate northeastern youngsters read on a daily basis. This percentage is 29.5 in Maharashtra and 35.7 in Bihar against an all India average of 26 per cent.

The report Youth of North-East India: Demographics and Readership to be released by HRD Minister Pallam Raju on Tuesday shows that fiction is the preferred genre across India, including in the Northeast. Bihar leads with 73 per cent youngsters preferring fiction while 47.4 per cent from the Northeast indicate the same preference against an all India average of 41 per cent.

The study notes that the highest proportion of romance fiction readers are found in the Northeast (24 per cent) whereas mythology readers are more in Maharashtra and other states, except Bihar which reads more comics and thrillers.

Religious books, biographies and philosophy are popular choices when it comes to non fiction.

Overall, 31 per cent youngsters read religious books and 30 per cent read biographies. In Bihar, 41 per cent youth read biographies and 26 per cent opt for religious books.

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