His love for books is legendary like him. As per some estimates, he read nearly 50 books during his schooling (1913-21), about 200 from his college days to the day of his arrest in 1921, and, approximately 300 during his imprisonment of 716 days from April 8, 1929, to March 23, 1931. He was exactly 23 years, five months and 25 days old at the time of his execution, and had by then had studied hundred of books — a record of sorts.
Throwing some light on Bhagat Singh’s thirst for books, a well- known librarian of Dwarka Das Library (Lahore, now in Chandigarh) Raja Ram Shastri, once told Shiv Verma, “Bhagat Singh literally used to devour books. He would read books, makes notes, discuss with his friends and critically examine his own understanding in the light of new knowledge, rectifying the mistakes that came to be discovered.”
Bhagat Singh always moved with a small portable library. According to his nephew, Prof Jagmohan Singh, “Bhagat Singh established a library of 175 books by around 70 authors at Agra where the Assembly bomb plan was finalized.