Bookish / Kitaabi (definition): Pedantic, theoretical, impractical, nerdy, idealistic, unrealistic, not applicable.
No!.....Nothing is bookish in life!
Whatever is written in books, you must have the ability to absorb it, extract it out of the book, and turn it into breathing reality.
Recall how many things we learnt as early as in middle school (aged 10-14), and forgot after we wrote the final exam. We forgot to live them beyond our schooling, to realize them in our everyday thinking, and apply them through our practical deeds.
Here are some examples : -
1) Dowry (The new version of Sati, in which the husband need not die)
Many of my male colleagues in IIT wanted to become engineers just to pick up 10-15 lakhs of dowry (they themselves admitted it). And IIT is said to be the pinnacle of engineering 'education' in India. The more the 'educated' the groom, the more is the price(dowry) demanded.
2) Caste-system (Division of labour or specialization, nothing biological about it)
The original (Early Vedic) version of the caste-system was based flexibly on your profession. If the father and mother are doctors (professionally Vaidya), is the child born a doctor (Vaidya)? No, s/he has to complete 5 years of MBBS studies to become a general physician, at least 22 years after being born. Children of Armed forces personnel (professionally Kshtriya) are born civilians. But, tech-savvy 'educated' suitors turn out to be casteists in matrimonial/match-making websites. They will marry only in their birth-caste (no proof of that exists) to produce offsprings of the same 'caste', right? (More about this in my other blog "Love Vs. The Caste-System")
3) Fundamental rights and duties (Articles 14-32; Article 51A)
Casting your vote is your Right as well as Duty. The 'educated' class in India hardly votes. The 'educated' class does not join politics, and passively allows criminalized politics to make merry in a nation of 115 crore people, with a literacy rate of 66%, i.e. nearly 76 crore 'educated' people.
4) Men and women are equal (Remember the 80's Door-Darshan ads against female foetocide?)
Patriarchy is still flourishing. Tiny tots went to school together to get educated, really educated. They are hardly conscious of their gender identities. Teenage comes, and the society 'educates' them into their gender-specific roles/behaviours/attitudes. And that 'practically' becomes the rest of their lives. Aurat-mard ki baraa-bari to Kitaabi baatein hain, hain na? Also, the female literacy rate (education) has consistently lagged behind the male literacy rate (education).
5) India is one country (Thanks to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel)
Regionalism is rampant. 'Who is an Indian?', is a damn good question. People are known by their domicile states. How will the country resonate with life if each of the states have their own unsuperimposible frequencies of life? (Resonance = frequency match in layman's language). Cultural and language barriers are wider than the Indian Ocean. The divide between North and South India, i.e. the Vindhyaachal mountain range, is much more difficult to climb than Mount Everest. (Any cultural mountaineers around, like Adi Shankaracharya?)
Education is a farce if everything is made bookish. If what we learn in books and what we see in reality are very different, we all end up being confusedly 'educated'. If what we learn in our 12 years of schooling are impractical and non-applicable, then why waste our precious years in front of a black-board, gulping down crap and vomiting it on the answer scripts?
Remove the confusion! Extract everything out of the well-written books, and apply them. Dare to infuse life in anything apparently 'bookish'. Put all 'impractical' ideas into practice. Dare to appear 'bookish' to create idealism. Make the Indian Standard Time (IST) synonymous to punctuality, to set new standards for the 21st century India. Despise the 'Chalta hain' attitude.
Become a text-book example of whatever you do in life. Only then the next generation will read about you in their textbooks, when they go for their education.
Now listen to this : School Chale Hum.