The Ilm-e-Khshnoom SkyDrive digitization project
The Ilm-e-Khshnoom SkyDrive digitization project – Frashogard blog
Roj Khorshed Mah Ardibehesht, 1380 Yz.
A great hurdle to the serious student of our religion and its mystic side has been the acute shortage of good and reliable books. The great surge of printing books happened at the beginning of the 20th century. However, these books have been long out of print or stored in libraries inaccessible to the normal student.
In case of Khshnoom, the experience was no better. Despite a huge output of books, magazines, newspapers and articles, many students found it difficult to obtain the books or were swindled by book dealers who used to charge in the thousands for rare copies of Dr. Framroze Chiniwalla’s books.
Fortunately, the era of digitization has come to our help. A few of us serious students felt the need to scan and digitize all the Khshnoom books for future generations, as the paper on which these books had been printed was slowly decaying and there was a real danger of losing out on this valuable heritage.
Thanks to the singular effort of one such very young volunteer (despite my appeals, he refuses to reveal his name to the general public), whom we shall call Mr. N, it is my very happy duty to announce to readers of Frashogard that the vast majority of Khshnoom literature has been scanned, digitized and saved as Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files. This huge effort has been done patiently and lovingly by Mr. N, without any reward or expectation. He has scanned thousands of pages, collated the files, optimized them for on-screen viewing or printing, reduced their image size to lower the file size and basically handed over everything to me on a platter to put up on the Frashogard blog.
To say that I am deeply indebted to Mr. N is an understatement of the highest magnitude.
In order to make this treasure trove of information available to all students of our religion and readers of this blog, I have set up the Ilm-e-Khshnoom SkyDrive, with 10GB of space. Beginning today, I will slowly start uploading a few of these books on to the SkyDrive, and providing a link to download these books on the Frashogard website. Each book can be either downloaded on to your computer or read on screen. Along with the link, I will write a very short synopsis of the book and trace its history.
The vast majority of the Khshnoom literature is in Gujarati. However, there are a few very good books in English too. I have therefore divided the SkyDrive into English and Gujarati sections and then provided links to the various books.
This digitization project is a great step forward in making the real information about our religion accessible to all. I am indeed very grateful to Mr. N and others who may have helped him in compiling this treasure. He will surely receive his just reward from Nature.
I hope readers of Frashogard blog will make active use of this service and download, read and study the books which have been put up.
Please visit http://www.frashogard.com/ilm-e-khshnoom-skydrive to have a look at the books available.
Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram