“To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company.”
Ah, those summers when school was out and all that lay ahead of you were a stretch of long lazy summer days. When there were no worries burdening your mind, no deadlines to complete. Those were the days when you could curl up on the couch with your favourite book and loose yourself amidst those mystical creatures and their make-believe worlds.
Reading has this amazing ability to take you along on a journey and experience every moment for real. It broadens the horizons of your imagination. There are good and bad habits’, reading, you will agree is a good one. It makes you aware of the different ways of life, the different cultures. It can also be life-altering. And of course no doubt, it improves your vocabulary.
In an age where textbooks in school are replaced by the latest gadgets in order to give the child “global exposure”, how can one manage to keep the candle of reading ablaze? The Internet today can answer any of your questions, you say. Agreed. Then why read, you ask? Well reading is not something that can be forced upon you. You have to be truly passionate about reading to enjoy it to the fullest. The joy and satisfaction reading brings is not something that can be expressed in words. One has to experience it for oneself.
Manners, values and etiquette’s are inculcated in a child from a very young age. So must the habit of reading. If kids learn to appreciate from a young age, you can assure them a friendship that will last a lifetime.