This is a comment I posted at tiny Buddha.
Giving without expecting anything in return is a virtue Buddha always admired.
Santa does the same thing, here and now!
My daughter was recuperating from a long illness and it was hard for her us to keep her occupied.
I had lost all the ideas to make any meaningful contribution.
Then one day, I dropped into a bookshop selling old books. I remember, she telling me that there is this new bookshop (opened recently) selling secondhand books (thrown out as thrash in UK) .
I knew she selects books and leave them (with her name tag) at the counter to buy them later (when she has spare money).
I went through the book at the counter but could not find her name.
The second time when I went there, I politely asked the manager, could I see the books that are reserved but not collected.
To my amazement there were plenty of books (bags) waiting to be collected.
After a few meaningful searches I found the bag with the label in her handwriting.
Rest is history.
What really dawned on me was that there are many like her going for secondhand books to save a few bucks.
When I was a kid if somebody gave me an old book, I would have “thrown a fit”.
But now I scavenge at bookshops selling old but readable books.
This Christmas, if you have books worth (secondhand) reading please send them to the third world, Sri-Lanka included.
The gift need not be a brand new especially if it is a good reading material.
English books are very expensive even if they are printed (poor quality) in India.