UBC10: Books

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Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book” 

-Whoever said that is a man or woman after my own heart.

I am fortunate to have grown up in a time when phones were always attached to a wall and tablets meant medicines. Movies were only shown in the cinema and playing meant going outside in the sun (which was something I never did willingly). So, thanks to my parents and the library they created at home, when bored, I usually turned to a book.

I remember going on holiday to my mother’s place one year and complaining to my grandfather that I had nothing to do. The sweet man retrieved some novels from the old house and gave them to me to keep. I admired the red and black binding and the smell of the old thin yellowing pages and ran my fingers over the faded ink that had written my mother’s name almost 40 years before that. The books that belonged to my mother are some of my most treasured possessions and I wouldn’t part with them for all the gold in the world.

Not many of my classmates or even my colleagues read and they think it’s odd that I have the patience to read beautiful detailed descriptions of locations claiming to be transported to the place where the hero is or that I enjoy narrations that make my teeth chatter because the heroine is shivering in the cold winter when I can’t sit through a Bollywood item number without groaning. “Why!?!”, I’m often asked. “Why take the trouble, might as well wait for the movie…right?” They will never know the joy of seeing a story come alive in your mind and I feel sorry for them a little bit…

Growing up, people called me nerdy because I had my nose in a book so much and I hated it. It was unfair that the cool kids were the ones who excelled at sports, not the ones who liked reading. But, that’s what it was and looking back, I realize that that was all nonsense. In all honesty, there are not many things better in life than the pure joy of getting lost in the pages of a good book…

As William Styron said, You live several lives while reading…

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Written for IndiSpire on IndiBlogger as well as part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge

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17 comments on “UBC10: Books

  1. True ..i belong to that time too ..when tablets meant medicine and cell meant minutest part of the body.. 😀 ..I think really that were one of the many reasons why we’re so much attached to books. I don’t even find Kindle satisfying enough. The joy of holding a book…the scent of pages..it’s something else… Enjoyed reading your post a lot …:-)

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  2. Aathira says:

    So true! Books are your companions for life 🙂 Loved it!

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  3. tinabasu says:

    you read several lives, and you make several memories and experiences while you read. very nice

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  4. shanx says:

    To read is to live momentarily a different life in different world. Loved the image and the quotes too 🙂

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  5. I second that Preeti, books are my most loyal companions for life:)

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  6. Swaarasa says:

    Books are your constant companion. One knows to let loose one’s imagination only if one understands the joy of visualizing what one reads. Well written, liked it.

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  7. Krishna says:

    True. Reading will take you to another world or a world of your own. where you think and implement your own commands. Nice post and loved the last quote “You live several lives while reading”.

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  8. Bhavya says:

    Those who never read, will never know! I know what you feel Preeti

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