In a world of omnipresent screens – mobiles, tablets, laptops, and other hand held devices – it can be easy to forget some of the conventional and simple pleasures of curling up with a good book. Our lives are so dependent on ‘E-age’ tools like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and a new phenomenon called ‘selfies’, that a majority of youth has lost the desire to read. Blame it on social networking sites, hashtag trends, snippet news, or the sheer reluctance to engage in reading, the fact is that most people have moved away from buying the “good old book”.
“Stressed out? Pick a paperback” is an old saying, which with the passing of time has lost its essence. Reading is one of the most effective ways to curb stress. It is one of those habits which cannot be forced upon an individual and only can be developed from a young age. Reading does not necessarily mean that “read a 500 page book” or “read a newspaper from first to the last page”. One can start with reading one page and, with time, this can be developed as a habit and easily can be integrated in one’s lifestyle. For instance, parents can simply start with reading out of a book or a story to a child when he or she is still young. Still not motivated enough to pick up a book? Here are some more reasons:
Escape from Problems
A good book provides its reader an escape from day to day struggles of life; a book also can completely absorb your mind as the world of reading is amazing – full of characters and riveting plot – one can easily tune out the background chatter and TV blaring in other corner of the room and become entrenched in a fictional world. You can easily divert attention from day to day troubles. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article can divert you from your tensions and keep you in the present moment, allowing you to relax.
‘Scientia potestas est’ a Latin phrase for “Knowledge is Power” and, in every way, justifies an importance of good book. Be it a comic, a poem, a fictional book or a science encyclopaedia, every book has the potential to improve your vocabulary. It can be anything from learning a new word, phrase, or any other information. The more you read, the more words you learn, and the further they will inevitably make their way in your day-to-day usage. A book makes a person more articulate and responsive to different conditions. Some great books can even become a source of inspiration for a person; for instance, fascinating stories like the one of Mahatma Gandhi, can motivate a person to fight for the truth and his or her rights.
Books are usually very entertaining. A thriller may offer an edge of your seat entertainment or a sci-fi book may take you into a new world of imagination. Compare this to a two-hour long movie or an hour-long TV series, the entertainment quotient offered by a book will always be greater. Words can do things that images and sound can never achieve. Pick any adaptation of a book, be it a movie or a TV series, 9 out of 10 times you will come out saying that the book was more entertaining. A book has the power to relax and at the same time provide a riveting experience.
A good read can motivate a person to pen down his thoughts. Observing the cadence, variability and writing style of another author can improve one’s own work. A good piece of writing is most dependent upon the background detailing done by the author. The quality of work done by a well-read and well-informed author will always be superior to the one who writes without doing any background research.
Reading books does not make someone a bookworm rather there is so much to be gained from reading books. A child who is taught these habits from a young age will always have an edge from a person who starts reading at a later stage. Read Books for a better future!
As Maya Angelou once said, “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him”.