“Tell us about yourself.” Thousand of times I have gone through this or a similar question, where I have to inform people about my identity- “What makes me, what I am.” And not even a single time have I included reading as one of the many things I like doing. I could not introduce myself as an avid reader because I am not. I can count on my finger tips the total number of books I have read in my whole life time. I remember, as a kid I used to read Diamond comics (Chacha Chaudhary, Pinky, Billu) Champak, then Nandan and finally moving to Suman Saurabh and Sarita. (India’s leading magazines published in Hindi in 80’s and 90’s.) I am not even sure if they are currently in circulation. But that was it. Once or twice I read some Nancy Drews too. “The Guide” by R. K. Narayan was the first actual novel that I read. I would like to make a confession here, I understood this epic story only after I watched the movie 🙂 So, that was my reading and comprehension level. I used to get conscious when my friends talked about their reading habit. I felt like ‘folding inwards’ and then ‘drooping down’ similar to a ‘touch me not’ Mimosa pudica or shy plant, when discussion shifted to reading. To make the matters worse my husband loves books too. He has read so many; the names of which I haven’t even heard.
Initially, when we got married and were getting to know each other; my husband shared his knowledge from the books he had read. To save myself from the humiliation of being proclaimed as an idiot, I used to bluff that I have read them too. But that lie could not last for long and I had to get down on my knees and accept my weakness. Then it was his responsibility to acquaint his wife to the world of reading. I am not sure, if that was the right choice for a beginner or not, but he got me “The Fountainhead” By Ayn Rand from the local library. I was scared to see the thickness of the book. It took me months before I could finish that 700 page classic. Not that the book was boring or anything but considering the reader I am; I was proud of my accomplishment. Oh!! By the way Fountainhead is an amazing book, so if you get a chance go ahead and read it. And if you have read it once, go back and reread it.
By now, you very well know that I was the one who chose books not by its cover but by its weight and yes by its actual weight in pounds and ounces. An ounce more, the book goes back into the shelf. That was me until recently. Things have changed now. This year in 2010 I have never been without a book. I am fortunate enough to report that each and every book I read blew me away. I am in awe; what a good writer can do.
Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.
I want to preserve the wealth that I am gaining from these books. There are things or instances that amaze me while I am reading; I will share this knowledge with you as well. You are welcome to share your ideas or views about the book that was (or still) a part of your life.
The time flies.I started this book club of mine in August 2010. Even though, I have not added an books to my list I am still a big lover of books. I have read many many awesome books in past year. Soon, I would start putting in this collection. The main highlight of this year was Paulo Coelho, the author of “The Alchemist”. I will start with the review and quotes of this great piece of art.
Looking forward to hear from you all about what you read recently.