I have been in love with books as long as I can remember. Books has always been my best friends. As a kid, when I used to visit my relatives and family friends, I would ask for a book (in relevance to my age of course) and settle with it in a corner and be engrossed in it for the whole time.
“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. ” ~Author Unknown
There is a book for my every mood. Reading makes me forget all the worries of life and transports me to a different world altogether. As a child, I was a huge fan of Enid Blyton books. I think I have read all of her books available in our school library. When younger, her stories of fairies and magic were a treat. How I wished that I too had a little fairy or a pixie for a friend. As I grew older, her boarding school tales and mystery solving children replaced the fairies. There were also Tinkle, Panchatantra tales and Budhi Aair Saadhu. Then came the season of Nancy Drew and Archies, followed by Mills & Boons and Sidney Sheldon. As an adult, I started reading biographies, religion, philosophy and semi-biographical novels. I am patron of Paulo Coelho. These days I am trying out books and writers of different genres. Books , which I have read recently, like Jinnah, The Twentieth Wife, Bengal Nights, Myth=Mithya, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, Prisoner of Birth, Like A Flowing River, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter and so on are all from different walks.
“Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.” ~Augustine Birrell
When my sister and myself were small, our maternal grandparents gave us whole trunk full of story books which belong to our mother and her brothers. At home, my father has a small library. So having known the joy of books, I promised myself that I would get myself at least one book a month when I start earning. And my collection is slowly growing.
I believe I have been smitten by books for life. With them, I am never lonely. With them, I am happy. Being lulled to sleep by a book at night is my perfect ending to any imperfect day.