How to befriend books – The Hindu


Have you ever wondered why books are considered our best friends? Has this question ever crossed your mind?

We have all relied on books as part of the curriculum and for leisurely reading and career advancement. For any achievement in life, we owe a lot to books. We may have found volumes of written literature, but can we even remember half of the voluminous content from all those years? Probably not. Because the only objective has been to climb the next step on the academic scale. What we tend to forget in the marathon to reach the top is the real value of the books.

Beginnings are always the most difficult, so books become an essential part of the daily routine. Love of books is not inherited; it has to develop and cultivate over a period of time to become an inseparable habit. Non-readers are likely to start with a preconception that reading is tiring. All it takes is a little determination to read a few pages a day at first. For this, one can start with fiction. The stories or thrillers are of relatively greater importance, as it transports the reader to an imaginative world of characters. A budding reader is likely to backtrack his way back to the book every day to explore the course of history. This is the impact of a well-written book, as it keeps your readers engrossed even after reading it.

Now, one can begin to consider options for their next choice. And this will continue progressively, with the correct guidance from an avid reader who could suggest relevant genres. Once a person has read a handful of books, the habit of reading is natural, and spending a few hours reading daily or weekly becomes part of the routine.

With each day, the passion for reading goes by leaps and bounds, and to follow it, a reader can take a book everywhere and turn a few pages to fill in the gaps, even during routine work. Gradually, a voracious reader is born who consciously spends as much time as possible on books.

This goes a long way toward expressing independent opinion and making crucial decisions that infuse work dynamics with new angles. Noticing the results of the reading, the reader accepts the books as a lifelong companion.

Simply put, many writings have been published that list the benefits of reading, but it can only be emphasized with the positive results. Once a love of books is activated, there is no going back.

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