“Books are the best friends.”
I have heard it. But, it was in the last decade, when I understood the meaning of it. I was always a bookworm. Before 2011, all I read were academic material and reference books. My journey as a reader started in 2012 when I started reading the first book, “The Way Of The Samurai- Yamamoto Tsunetomo.” I didn’t dare to go and ask for a book of 500 bucks. I explored the link and wrote it on papers. That’s something I can never forget, and that’s when my craze began.
Yes, I still have that copy with one chapter missing that wasn’t available on the link. Amazingly it was a Samsung Corby txt with me, and I couldn’t save the book. It was all my summer thing of 2011; I still keep reading that book, every time I feel lost.
There has been no turning back since then; I have finished reading my 100th book in 2018 with my frequent travel. My serious apologies to all the writers whom I read but wasn’t able to purchase their books of exciting plots. I always preferred books over people, because stories stick and people leave. I know that sounds awful and pathetic, but every time someone left, I was back to square one with another fantastic story.
I am still unable to understand the reason behind my connection with stories. There were moments of happiness, romance, feeling all blues and butterflies, and sobbing for hours, just because the characters of the story I was reading were upset.
I know, today, when I am writing it in this post, it feels so sick of me. And, I am laughing at all those habits. But, that’s what reading and writing gave me. I am among those writers who had started writing much before they started reading. I was referred to read, as I was always using typical academic language in my content.
Today, I proudly say that writing is my love, books are an inspiration to give a new perspective to my thought process, and it’s the ink of the feelings that help me manage my emotions.
As a kid, I was determined to read Hindi only. But, books were the first change in preference in my language taste with which everything changed around me and within me. It started from nowhere, but it helped me a lot in becoming the updated version of me, that I am today.
I want to share some of the most respected writers whose masterpieces I read in last 5-6 years (about whom I remember, of course):
- The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Robin Sharma (I read it for five times by now)
- The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
- Who Moved My Cheese – Spencer Johnson
- Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish – Rashmi Bansal (I read it once as a college geek and now again when living with business dreams)
- Diary of a Young Girl – Annie Frank (One of the best of its kind)
- The Secret – Rhonda Byrne (The law works, if you can control your brains. It happened to be tough for me because of overthinking)
- Shiva Trilogy – Amish Tripathi
- Love @ Facebook – Nikita Singh (Simpler, easier, and realistic)
- Everyone Has A Story – Savi Sharma (This one made me cry)
- The Noticer – Andy Andrews
- The Traveller’s Gift – Andy Andrews
- Zindagi Gulzar Hai – Umera Ahmed (The show and book both are love)
- Six Secrets That Smart Students Don’t Tell You – Chandan Deshmukh
- It’s all in the Planets – Preeti Shenoy
- The Indian Business set of books namely Dhandha, Rokda, and Paiso (My current reads and must-have for all entrepreneur minds)
These were the major ones that I consider re-reading at times.
For over six months now, I start and end my day with a nook in hand. Amazon Kindle, ebooks, and PDF versions played a massive role in my life. Now, I started adding hard copies to my library, though the collection is way less than that of Google Drive, I am committed to making it equal.
A lot of thanks to all the writers and creative brains out there to create spell-binding stories. I believe that everyone can write, but some are capable of creating a magical world with that. I am not talking about the world of hearts and roses, but the world that can show the reality of the world and compel us to think about all those things that we have ignored.
For now, I urge everyone to write for at least some days. As writing is the best form to let you empty your heart and mind. If you don’t want to write but consider someone to write it, you can discuss your story with me, and I will try my best to pen it down.
Above everything, please read at least one book in a month or six books a year. I am telling you to set a target. Just start it today, that book on your shelf has been waiting for you for years. Please don’t disappoint it.
With lots of love,
Happy World Book Day