Books are a source of immense knowledge. They are full of emotions, life lessons, hardships, civilizations and much more. They have been with us in many forms. Right from scriptures written on the walls of monuments to a digital book, the art of storytelling has travelled a long way.
Samuel Johnson writes, and I quote, “A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.”
Reading is an art that gets our minds running. It is a lamp of light to the darkness. It ignites the imagination process, giving a soul to mere thought. But, how often than not do we finish a book but hardly make an effort to read in between the lines? Or have the patience to understand the learning that the author wants to convey? Gone are the days when we would get so occupied and immersed in the book that we would not move until we reached the end.
In the hustle and bustle of our lives, we have forgotten the essence of serenity and belonging that a good read can provide us. We all need to take a long breath and understand that a book gives us a fresh perspective. It is an encyclopaedia of myriad emotions that a writer goes through while depicting his thoughts.
Books are not mere words but a bundle of experiences. Learning through the lines to apply them in our life is the true meaning of reading a book. Books give us the experience of living through a thousand lives all at once. They allow us to reflect on ourselves for self-growth and satisfaction.
Paul Sweeney has rightly said, “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”
Let us be the best of friends with our books and let’s give them the required attention. Let us pledge to understand ourselves a bit more with the help of these unexplored treasures.
Concluding it by quoting the famous Lailah Gifty Akita, “If you wish to renew your mind, read “.