“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.”
– Vera Nazarian
Stories have always been an integral part of human life. And reading, in mine!
I started reading story books at the age of 11 in my school library. A hall full of books has always been an escape from reality for me. Not feeling good? Go to the library. Had a fight? Go to the library. Feeling awesome? Go to the library. That room witnessed all my moods.
I was hushed as a child, so books gave me what every child needs. Friends!
Childhood introduced me to Gulliver, Aladdin, Akbar, Birbal, Humphrey, fairies and various princesses. Whereas, ‘Champak’ and ‘Goosebumps Horrorland’ became my best friends.
As I grew up, the library introduced me to a section containing novels. At this time I went crazy for Twilight, Harry Potter, Paulo Coelho and some Indian author. I was sure by now that paradise will be a kind of library where there will be every book ever written.
It was when I entered college that I got into literature and poetry. Those years of graduation changed my perspective and choices altogether. It amplified the connection I used to have with characters, it taught me to read between the lines and to see comedy in tragedy. But most importantly, it boosted my creative thinking.
College introduced me to the genres I never knew existed which further gave a boost to my already swollen interest in reading.
Reading makes me see stories in everything around me. It takes me into a world of imagination. Where I am standing by a character helping them win a war or solve mysteries or being happy or sad with them, for them. These are the worlds where it’s impossible to reach otherwise.
There’s always a book for every mood. Angry at someone? Let’s kill some people with Agatha Christie. Feeling sad? Let’s shed some tears with John Green. Need solace? Paulo Coelho is always there. Need motivation? Go on a ride with Norman Vincent Peale. Need Inspiration? We are blessed to have APJ Abdul Kalam with us. It’s raining? Well, then there are plenty of romance novels out there. Pick any!
“It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.”
– S.I. Hayakawa
Now image something which not only interests you but also turns out to be a blessing for your career path!
That is what books do to me. They show me light whenever I am stuck. Each book helps me take a step towards success. Every book expands my imagination. They make me see things from a different perspective. They help me analyse life and everything within, in a better way.
They know me better than anyone. They held my hand and took care of me on this journey of becoming an expressive person from an introvert.
We start understanding ourselves when we read. We see things which were always there inside us, but we were blind or not open enough to recognise them.
Purpose of life, which path to choose, interests, etc becomes clearer. We start discovering ourselves when we read the right books.
Today I am a writer and a poet. I understand and feel the emotions of others. I can express. I can write. I can read lives. I can see things from a point, from where very few people can see. I can use words as a weapon and as a medicine.
Even now, when I’m no longer that quiet girl who used to think thrice before talking to her classmates and have some gems as friends, who stand with her in every situation, her best friends will always be books.
“When you learn to read you will be born again…and you will never be quite so alone again.”
– Rumer Godden