“So many books, so little time.”
This quote by Frank Zappa is literally true when it comes to bibliophiles (“phile” means lover and “biblio” means books). Understandably, most bibliophiles are avid readers with a great collection of physical books which they value beyond any other material possession in this world. Not only that, many of them eat, dream, and live with books, as well as admit that they owe a great deal of their progress and/or success in life to books and reading.
However, it is true that there are very few who are born as bibliophiles. Some of them develop this habit during their adolescence or teenage years; while some had just started reading casually and ended up as bookworms after a point of time.
At Deepalaya, we are at present running a campaign to raise resources to buy new books for needy children. The idea is to promote reading and access to quality books for all. Contextually, we thought of asking a few bibliophiles about their rendezvous with books. Here’s what they said…
“Books are not merely the treasure troves of knowledge but also the best companions. They are vested with the tendency to answer all our queries. Books enhance one’s ability to look at the same thing from a different perspective, which the layman may otherwise take it as it is.
It is sad to note we Indians have never been able to preserve the rich heritage of our civilizations. Our elder ones have failed somewhere to inculcate respect and affection towards literary sources. Changing times with the emergence of digitalization has reduced the importance of books all the more. However, in my opinion, the hard copies leave a permanent impression on our minds, and looking at the books physically give us a different level of satisfaction.
In a country like India where a huge share of population is still struggling with acquiring the abilities to read and write, introduction of digitalized books at once may not be very good idea in many places. Thus, it is the responsibility of each one of us to make efforts as responsible citizens in resolving the affordability dilemma for physical books; let us tale a collective vow to make books availed to those who can’t buy them.”
Taranjot Kaur Gill
M.A. Political Science 2nd year Student
“The first book which I read outside my textbooks was a quote book namely “A Little book of Life” by Ruskin Bond. I picked that book from my school library randomly, probably under the influence of the vibrant lines on our library walls. Believe it or not reading that book was like hitting the bulls’ eye (even without a bow and arrow).
After reading that book, I felt surprised about how can so many thoughts be explained in such a crisp manner! “WHAT WAS HELPING THE AUTHOR TO SPEAK SO WISELY? WHY THE BOOKS’ THOUGHT PROCESS WAS NOT APPEARING OF THE PLANET WHERE I ALSO LIVED?”I thought. Well perhaps, I was living in a place full of ignorance towards the mysteries of this world, unearthed knowledge, and devaluing the reading process as many of students do in cacophony of internet age nowadays.
In this age of information, the world is full of perceptions and borrowed knowledge, but deciphering reality has only one ‘RECIPE’, and that is READING. The habit of book reading can help a person continuously carving their own niches and way ahead in life, without repeating the mistakes our elders did. Book-reading not only improves one’s judgment and decision-making, but also eventually defines kind of language fluency one possesses.”
Karanbir Singh Sahota
MA Sociology 2nd Year Student
“Since adolescence, I used to read a lot and enjoy my time reading story books. Sometimes, I used to finish my new story books within a week or less. But later as my school life progressed, my love for reading faded; it remained somewhat dormant for few years until I lifted a Hindi novel again when in my high school (at the age of 17 years). Since then, I never stopped reading. I always try to read as many books as possible and even sometimes I set reading goals/targets.
Reading has showered upon me countless gifts. It has helped me understand human psychology in a much better way. I can now easily and clearly understand people’s perspectives. Reading has expanded my vocabulary and my horizon. I have met people of different nationalities and backgrounds in the form of characters in books, thanks to my never-ending reading habit. Reading is now an integral part of me and my life.”
M.A. English Student
“Few years ago, I started reading due to a bet between two friends to see who reads more books in a year. But that simple bet left a great impact on me and my life. Learning new words, reading and understanding people from all walks of life through their biographies and autobiographies, all this gradually become my habit.
Reading facts, knowing about different innovations, histories and revolutions of the world made me more confident, knowledgeable and enriched with all kinds of information and skills. The knowledge helped me in almost every sphere of my life ranging from passing various interviews to accomplishing different research works to further getting selected for various internships and other opportunities.
People say one has achieved success when a person becomes doctor, engineer, artist, etc., but in my opinion, success and satisfaction in real terms is defined and achieved when you help a child in becoming a doctor, engineer or artist. There are many underprivileged kids around us who want to write their own stories in the books of success; they want to read, write, and become successful in life, but the only thing which stops them is ‘Money’. So I urge everyone to be a resource of money for these little children and extend support to nurture their dreams. Your little help can pave a way for a brighter future for them.”
Could you possibly imagine of a country where every child is able to read, wants to read, and has got something really meaningful to read? Can you think of libraries with their shelves full everywhere you go, offering children the bliss of joyful reading? Will you not be surprised if you see many bookworms around you making incredible progress in their learning levels and academic careers?
All of this is possible, only if we start taking the right steps in making BOOKS available to children who are in need of the same. YOU can make a start on that front by contributing to our campaign here: https://donateabook.org.in/campaign/382