Friday, February 03, 2006

The World of Books

The 17th World Book Fair, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Books are a man's (and woman's) best friends. Books not only enlighten and illuminate our lives but they also entertain, enrich, excite and take us where no one’s ever been before. They take us to worlds so different from our own, make us experience things which we would never experience in our lives and introduce us to people we would never meet. They are the essence of history and civilization and the harbinger of the future. They provide us an insight into great minds and the outlook to widen the horizons of our mind.

A passion for reading is a great gift. I am thankful to my parents for my first books....the amar chitra kathas they bought for me. And to the friend who took me to a public library for the first time. I still remember the time we would walk a long way to the library in the evening with the fervent hope to find some good books. It was a small library and you had to be lucky to lay your hands on the good books before somebody else did. Its amazing that even after all these years a good book still gives me the same satisfaction that it gave me when I was young.

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
~W. Somerset Maugham


At 7:01 AM, Blogger arvindh said...

Great message! I can indentify with the feelings you describe on looking for a good book in a small library.

At 8:45 PM, Blogger Inqztve said...

I thought you are still young! Am I mistaken??? :)

At 2:48 AM, Blogger Suji said...

I will always be young at heart and mind...I don't think I will ever grow up. Seems a little difficult after all these

At 9:07 PM, Blogger Alexis Leon said...

I love books. In fact I loved reading from a very young age. Before my accident my favotite places were libraries and bookstors. I spend a lot of money on books. Now I have a personal library of more than 10000 books collected over the last 25 - 30 years. And I spend most of my time reading and writing. Nice post.

At 3:30 AM, Anonymous Mayacassis said...

oh i love books and libraries.but sadly there are none in the place i live in


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