“READING MAKETH A FULL MAN; CONFERENCE A READY MAN; AND WRITING AN EXACT MAN” (Bacon)
Books are treasure – troves. It has been rightly said “A well-read man is never a bore”. Books are man’s best companions. Books are our friends in a real sense. They demand nothing from us. They give us plenty of joy. We also learn a lot from them. They take us into a different world of imagination. A book consists of long written work. In fact, good books are considered to be the treasury or storehouse of human knowledge and wisdom. Even, John Ruskin compares books to king’s treasures in his famous book ‘Sesame and Lilies”. Books possess more valuable things than gold and other precious things in the world. In fact, books are the real gold and diamonds of the world.
Good books improve our standard of living. They even make oneself to understand right knowledge which is more powerful than the strong potency in the world. Reading a book is perhaps the greatest source of pleasure to a cultured person. Because, reading broadens one’s outlook, drives away one’s narrow prejudices and lightens up one’s mind with truth and knowledge. They tone up our intellectual taste and make our outlook broad. They console us when we are depressed. Books encourage us when we are defeated. They inspire us to work hard with hope and courage. They remove our ignorance and add to our knowledge. Books enrich our experience and sharpen our intellect. Thus, a good book is our true friend and it is always to be remembered that, books had always been a constant companion of great men and renowned poets.
We can get pleasure from various things. Sports, games and films are some of them. But, reading of books gives us the real pleasure of life. We do not remember the care and anxieties of the world. We are sent into a land of beauty, imagination and happiness.
Well-read man is loved by all. He is a storehouse of information. He knows something of everything. A well-read man can be a good orator. He can entertain us with his good talks. He shows his worth at a social function. He can talk about many things. So, we do not feel dullness and boredom in the company of such persons. This is another advantage of reading books.
Books are of different kinds. Some books deal with topics of general nature. Everybody likes to read those books. There are also some books on certain topics like inspirational and motivational books which includes works of Shiv Kera like, ‘YOU CAN WIN’ and novels of Chetan bhagat like, ‘THE TWO- STATES’, which provides an avid reader of today’s generation with a motivating notion along with contemporary flavor. Such books are written for a particular set of readers. A general reader likes to read books of general nature.
We should be very careful while we select books. Good books develop in us many qualities. A man of wide reading is a man of culture. On the other hand, bad books spoil our taste, character and attitude. Only a sincere reader of good books knows what divine pleasure he gets from reading books.
Books on expeditions and adventures fire our imagination. Detective stories like ‘THE SHERLOCK HOLMES’ written by Arthur Conan Doyle, give us thrills and keep us absorbed. Some plays of William Shakespeare can still be connected with our present-day situations. Especially, we can come across many people who are living in this world with similar characters and qualities as depicted in Shakespearean plays. Let us consider Emily Dickinson’s poetry- like ‘BECAUSE I COULD NOT STOP FOR DEATH’ which is unique and different from normal poems. Also, her style of writing poetry with the theme of death as a positive one in a different perspective, attracts the readers towards her works. Even, Jane Austen’s novels are considered as the best fiction collections, because her writings talk about the family relationships in the society during her time.
It is also a great pleasure for us to read the books of the eminent scholars with master minds of the past who have brightened up the ages with the strength and beauty of their vision. As we read their books, we seem to see them appear before our eyes. We seem to talk with them and they also seem to instruct and guide us through the medium of their books.
Books are not something which should be viewed only as an aid used for education or as a guide for one’s academic excellence. Instead, it should be treated as an eye- opener or as a reward given by the virtue of god for mankind in order to attain individual progress in their lives.
On reading certain books, we were totally carried away by the book and its thoughts and we even get ourselves deeply involved in it. Perhaps, some characters or incidents in certain books may coincide with real life situations, though they are fictional or of utopian kind. So, for an instance, some people are so fond of reading novels. For others, it may look insane. But the readers of fiction, might have some emotional bonding or personal encounter with the situations or the character of the novel they read. Even while reading, an avid reader will not just read the book and its content at its surface level; instead he or she will read it in a more deeper way by associating it with other external and internal factors which provide a broad understanding and worldly wisdom. Books also help an individual to think, analyze, interpret, instruct and also to be aware of the society and its culture in a vivid manner.
Value rises when we put up something as a priority. So, books are to be given priority in a high manner. As reading is a fast fading virtue, the habit of reading should be cultivated and nurtured in each and every child as it opens to him or her perspective of knowledge and opportunities in future.
We read books not only for instructions but also for entertainment. It is a harmless occupation for using time in a productive manner. The bookshelves are the standing source of joy to all book-lovers. To an educated man there is no pleasure comparable to the pleasures of reading books. Some give us loud laughter, some a smile and some only an unexpressed joy. So, every book has its own value. It would be better, if we do not compare one book with the other as we compare other things in this world.
Books are the voices of wisdom, past and present. The knowledge stored up in them invites us and gives us joy.
So, according to Francis Bacon, an essayist and also a writer of prose,
One who reads widely and judiciously has a full mind.
“Reading maketh a full man”. (Bacon)
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