Nowadays, we try to find happiness in many things. One of the simplest way I gain it is by reading books. You cannot buy happiness but you can buy books, and that’s kind of the same thing.
Reading is something which has to be cultivated from childhood. My first experience in reading was when I was barely six; that’s with “Tinkle“, the most-loved children’s comic. Though I did not understand most of the stories, I was fascinated by the colourful pages with attractive illustrations. I would only read Suppandi jokes, which were my initial dose of humour. As I grew up to be eight years old, adventures, fairy tales and witty stories of Tenali Raman and Akbar-Birbal caught my eye.
Over the years I have grown much attached to books and have moved on to novels and full-fledged books. In fact, while travelling there is always a book or two in my bag. This reading habit of mine improved my vocabulary to a great extent. I now can boast of a mini library of my own, containing 160+ books. These are just paperbacks and hardcovers. I have around 80 eBooks on my Kindle.
Books are more precious to me than anything else. When it comes to my books, I’m very stubborn to part with them. And hence, I prefer owning books over borrowing them as they can be with me forever.
New technology has made books easily accessible by introducing e-readers like Kindle and Nook. While initially I was against eBooks, I realised how convenient and easy to use they are. I purchased a Kindle, partly because I had no more space for books on my bookshelf 😛 Nonetheless, book lovers always will prefer a printed version. I can vouch for it that those who adore books wouldn’t mind being stranded in a library or a bookstore.
Newspapers, magazines, journals, weeklies also contribute toward increasing knowledge. There is a wide array of genres to choose from such as hobbies, sports, health, food, writing, education, lifestyle etc. Books have that capacity in them to transport us to any corner of the world. They widen our horizon and change perspectives in heaps and bounds.
I don’t really have a “favourite author” as such. But I do love the works of Robin Sharma, Sudha Murty, Amish Tripathi, Sidin Vadukut, Nicholas Sparks and L.M. Montgomery. It’s the concept/story of the book which attracts me, the author is secondary.
So, dear readers, please do leave a comment about your reading habits, favorite books and authors. I would love to know!
Until the next time, stay blessed!
P.S. I still re-read all the Tinkle comics I’ve collected over the years. 🙂