You are, what you read!

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I was introduced to the world of books early in my life. My childhood was spent dreaming adventures of Nancy Drew and Secret Seven.  I may sound ancient but fortunately Harry Potter was introduced much later.  The appeal of Darcy still holds true, for he will always remain a perfect teenage fantasy. Reading is one activity that helps you….. thing through the writer. You can live and breathe books. The characterization can be so lovable that you start believing in them.

Distances today have made it possible for us to read more and often.  It is good to spend time feeding your brain some food for thought.  Books can influence your thought process. They can make you happy when you are sad. Fill you with hope when you are depressed. There are some personality traits which can be associated with book types. The readers who will always read similar books and would  hardly be convinced into reading something else.

Inspirational

With metro becoming a preferred mode of travel in Den elhi, more people are opting to read while travelling. It is common to see majority of people during the morning rides reading newspapers or kids doing their last minute revisions or reading fiction stories. No matter how much I would like to believe otherwise, most commonly read books will still be “Revolution 2020″ and “50 Shades of Grey”. I prefer seeing people with Paulo Coelho, who seems to be the next popular author with his plenty of books. I read some where he writes one book every 2 years.

It may sound cliché

Reading while travelling seems to be catching up in Delhi more than ever. With metro becoming a preferred mode of travel, more people are opting to read while travelling. It is common to see majority of people during the morning rides reading newspapers or kids doing their last minute revisions or fiction stories. No matter how much I would like to believe otherwise, most commonly read books will still be “Revolution 2020″ and “50 Shades of Grey”. I prefer seeing people with Paulo Coelho, who seems to be the next popular author with his plenty of books. I read some where he writes one book every 2 years.

I envy people who can read in Metros. I have tried a lot of times to get past my motion sickness but in vain. I mostly end up getting stares from readers for being invasive. After all it was and still is the favorite activity for us. Majority of us don’t bother getting our copy, instead would lean over to get a better view of  fellow commuter’s newspaper. The article some how seems more interesting when some one else is reading it. I also happen to be an avid member of this club. Trust me to know the major stories of the day, especially on Page 3, by end of my journey. My attention is inevitably drawn to books, but I am better off than a lot many people. I must caution you against those over enthusiasts who have read all books ever written and would not shy away from telling you this. They would also share their thoughts on favorite characters. You might encourage them if you smile. To save yourself the smile should be accompanied by the look which says, “That was very helpful. Thank you”.

The latest fad these days are the self-help books. Lately I have seen an increase in number of people carrying authors such as Stuart Wilde and Paulo Coelho. In the month of April, Times of India had done a small write up “5 Great self-help books“, which had me smiling. I firmly believe unlike US or Europe, India doesn’t have a market for such books. The system around us is built to help us from the very beginning. From the day you are born till the day you die, advises come plenty and free. From how you should you walk to which career you should opt for, you have advisors for all. When we have such a blessed life, can we ask for more advise. I did seem to find my answer when I asked fellow commuter who was reading “The Alchemist”. I asked him, “Do you like reading books which inspires its readers?”. He looked lost. To make things simpler for him I asked, “Did you find this book interesting?”. “Well yes”, he said. I wanted to know more, so I asked again, “I liked the way he wrote but did not understand the inspirational message. People say this book carries a message, ‘When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it’, do you agree”. I could see he did not get the message. He said,”I am not sure about the message in the book. One of my girlfriend is fond of reading and she loaned me this book. I am just reading it because she asked me to”.

Well I got my answer, not everyone who reads a self-help would be looking for inspiration. Our little Indian world is still safe. Now I am looking for some one reading Stuart Wilde’s “Miracles”, to confirm my finding.

 

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