The joy of reading

The most momentous, wonderful and worthy are the things we call books.

Waiting in the car for my husband to join me after his meeting, I saw an old man sitting on a stone bench outside one apartment complex.

He was just staring vacantly at the sky, his fingers fidgety with a typical restlessness. It looked as though he was sitting like a statue in that stupor like state. Suddenly, a young fellow breezed out of the complex, gave the old man a book and his spectacles. I presumed it was his grandson. Now, there was a perceptible change in the scenario – he adjusted himself to sit comfortably, lifted his drooping shoulders and started reading the book. Seeing him like that for a few minutes, I could visualise his mind, turning young again, running wildly and freely among the rich images of the imaginary world that book had created for him. I could see a beatific smile spread on his face – his boredom vanished, his frown disappeared, he didn’t seem to mind the din of the construction work happening around.

A book can raise the everyday to a different realm.  It is said, literature is real food for mind and book a banquet’ – I saw that he was relishing the banquet.
Of all the things, by far, the most momentous and wonderful and worthy are the things we call ‘books.’ Actually there is no disharmony between the spirit of God and the spirit of man, books always emphasize on this. Book opens a mind, touches a heart, soothes the soul. February 14 this Valentines Day – everybody knows that and right from school kids to elderly, plan to give flowers, chocolates etc to their loved ones – but how many of us know that February 14 is also ‘International book giving day’? 

When my friend sent me an email, wishing me and also giving suggestions on celebrating the day , I could understand how ‘ small action of’ book giving’ will transform into one collective idea of awesomeness. The idea suggested appealed to me immensely -  Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter. Alternatively,donate your books to an organisation working internationally to get books in the hands of kids.

When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others. I plan to give the books sent to me for review purpose to a College library - I enjoyed  them immensely while reviewing them, hence felt obliged to share them with those who would enjoy them.  Yes, while packing few books into a carton I was more than convinced of the idea of celebrating the concept of book giving. I am sure many eager, young hands will reach out and savour the books.

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