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This is the first Rare Book Society in India that is open to all. The idea is to encourage rare book collectors and history buffs to read, discuss, rediscover and download these lost books...and to understand that there is more than one truth in history!

Inspite of India being an ancient literary civilization and having one of the largest literary treasures of hand-written and printed material, we do not have a single Society for rare book collectors. This is an attempt to create a forum and bring those elusive connoisseurs to discuss and share their knowledge on Indian rare books. The idea behind RBSI is to showcase rare books, prints and art of India which would be of interest to collectors and history buffs. The purpose is to bring about a greater awareness of these rare books and art and also to give life to those lost words yet once again. All these digitized rare books can be downloaded by anyone who intends to start a digital collection of rare and valuable books without incurring any cost... regardless of the fact that many of these books could be considered as history, opinion or plain propaganda. What started of as a group for rare book collectors has now got transformed into a forum for history buffs, scholars and of course the 'silent curious'. Discussions and comments range from sanguine to educative and to plain irreverence at times....but all the same, they provide for an interesting cerebral buzz on a daily basis.

More importantly...by reading more than one version of a historical event at this site we begin to understand that 'there is more than one truth in history'....and also that in order to learn history, one must first learn to unlearn... !

Subbiah Yadalam
Founder - RBSI