How can someone make noise in a library? Seriously! This was my instant reaction when I heard the sound of giggle from a guy sitting next to my chair in the library. I was deeply arrested in Ayn Ran’s Fountainhead, and amid a pin drop silence, I found his giggle pretty thunderous. However, what took me by surprise was that there was a reason behind his careless giggle: a book he was reading. And, I realised, he is a person who lives the emotion of life with reading.
Every morning when I commute to work, I see people captivated with the pages of book/some with tinder lost in the world of book they are reading. Similarly, one morning, I was reading too. It was the book Prayogshala by Sudheer Sharma. Suddenly, a voice interrupted me with a question, “excuse me, may I know where are you from?” When I replied, “Nepal”, he said the font devanagari in the book tempted him to speak with me. It took me by appreciation that books can act as a medium to connect people in a foreign land.
The fond memories of me, a grade 6 student and my mother taking a rickshaw ride to a bookshop in order to buy the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens holds a special meaning to me. This was the first book that I got besides my textbook and I read it with great interest because the child in me was aware that none of the questions were going to be asked from this book for my exams.
I was brought up in a large family, where National Dailies, weeklies, magazines, novels always frequented and we had a room (not a library though) to store all of them. With politics being the hot cake, I listened my father, uncle and other guests discussing about communism and capitalism during those years. However, Mother authored by Maxim Gorky was the first book which inspired me to explore my journey of reading with enthusiasm. I stumbled on this book during my summer holidays at my aunt’s (father’s sister) place, and realised how a book holds so much significance in one’s life. And with maturity, I have understood how reading and living the characters and events of the book helps to derive the maximum happiness in a person.
Reading, I believe helps to uncover the power of imagination in a human being. Promotion of reading culture is essential for the development of critical thinking and innovative skills. When I watched the movie Twilight, based on a novel of the same name, I was delighted to see that some of the scenes turned out to be the exact as I imagined while reading the novel. I was also able to travel India, Indonesia and Italy while reading through the pages of the novel Eat, Pray and Love. At times, I felt that my brain is too busy imagining people and traveling places while being stationed in my own room.
My mother is the person in whom I have always found the utmost passion of reading. I grew up seeing her reading newspapers, articles, magazines and novels. We often shared our love for books and discussed the ones that both of us finished reading. She also has up to date information of current affairs, politics, society, international affairs and she credits it to her passion of reading. I am glad this reading gene has been transferred to me from her. And, this is the only hobby which can help you to interact with various people with confidence and cross borders without the need of any visa approval.