Kolkata kids are bookworms: study

Being voracious readers, kids in Kolkata spend more time with books, magazines and comics, when compared with children from other parts of the country, according to a report.

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2011, 15:11 PM IST

Kolkata: Being voracious readers, kids in
Kolkata spend more time with books, magazines and comics, when
compared with children from other parts of the country,
according to a report.

Describing Kolkata kids as "official bookworms"
amongst Indian kids, the New Generations study done by Cartoon
Network says that a higher percentage of city kids are into
reading, be it a story book, a magazine or a comic.

"The percentage of kids in Kolkata who read story
books is 72 percent as compared to the national average of 59
percent. The readership of comics stands at 56 percent vs 42
percent nationally and that of magazine lies at 25 percent
vs 18 percent nationally," the study said.

Kolkata kids are studious bunches, who take their
academics seriously.

70 percent of Kolkata kids go for tuitions while only
53 percent of students do that nationally on an average, the
report said.

Extending themselves beyond studies, 52 percent of
city kids also go for extra-curricular activities against a
national average of 28 percent.

But when it comes to getting pocket money, city
children are left behind as only 34 percent of them receive
pocket money vis-à-vis the national average of 57 percent.

Not surprisingly, cricket is their most loved sport
with 77 percent voting for it, with football a close second
at 55 percent vs 38 percent nationally.

Under the survey, kids of 7-14 years of age and
parents of 4-6 years old children across Indian cities were
interviewed.

PTI