Satyanarayan Mundayoor has now been conferred with the fourth highest civilian honor, Padma Shri Award. Satyanarayan Mundayoor who is fondly called Uncle Moosa is a Keralite has devoted his life to spreading the joy of reading in Arunachal. He has spent more than 32 years in North-East India providing affordable education to all and organizing reading movements.
Nearly 40 years ago, Uncle Moosa quit his government job in the income tax department in Mumbai and decided to live a life that’s not at all about money. He wanted to build up the reading habits among children. He used to carry books in trunks for the tribal children living in remote areas. In 2007, he has joined hands with the Association of Writers and Illustrators for the first library as a part of the Lohit Youth Library Movement.
After that, Uncle Moosa has established 13 bamboosa libraries in so many remote areas like Wakro, Chongkham, Lathaw, and Anjaw. These libraries are vast and boast of more than 10,000 books ranging from the works of Roald Dahl and Ruskin Bond to Amar Chitra Katha. These libraries turn into a hub of activities that include story-telling, quizzes, booking readings, and enactments.
He started a home library movement entrusting books to volunteers who in turn distribute books to children. From Amar Chitra Katha to Roald Dahl and Ruskin Bond, his libraries have more than 10,000 books. He also started a Home library movement by hiring volunteers who will distribute the books to children. He also wrote a children’s book in Malayalam on the folk heritage of Arunachal Pradesh. Uncle Moosa has put in some remarkable efforts in reforming education in the northeast.