Helpful friends

Many people pour scorn on Facebook, especially those who have never used it.

Books in Ahm

Bookseller in Ahmedabad

I joined the social network when I began publishing books because I was told the “… it would help.”

It has helped in several ways. First, it can be used to publicise my books. Second, it attracts people to me, who share my interests. Thirdly, it has helped my writing.

Garlic Daman

Garlic seller in Daman

Many of my friends on Facebook are knowledgeable about a wide range of things. Recently, while researching my forthcoming book about Gujarat, Daman, and Diu, I have come across objects and inscriptions about which I wanted to know more. By posting queries on Facebook, often with images, people have either come to my assistance themselves of referred me to acquaintances who know about the topic of interest. These kind people have either provided me with a good answer or pointed me in the right direction.

When I joined Facebook, I never dreamed that it would be a useful source of information or even a place where I can ‘tap’ people’s brains.

I am very grateful to everyone who has helped me via Facebook.

 

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Cricket bat sellers in Baroda