Books are often called man’s best friend. But, are they still so today? Would we still look to them for comfort as we do to our phones? Would we still feel the joy of sailing through the words on the pages instead of hearing that soft ping from the device in our pockets? I suppose each generation has its own way of finding their “best friend” and by all means, feel free to disagree. But I ask you, how much of a best friend are they if they don’t let your imagination run wild?
The Wild Imagination
The thing about reading books, be it a piece of prose or poetry, is that they let you conjure up a world as you wish, only guided by the words on the pages. A place where your imagination is set free, a place where you meet with people of all sorts, and best of all, a place where you can be a part of and belong. Every step through those pages is an interpretation based on your understanding. To each of you who read, the story unravels something different. And each time you read the same piece of literature, you find a new perspective to the story. The magic held within whose tiny words is set free with your imagination.
Characters of a kind
You come across characters so eccentric and so full of life that they can put most people in reality to shame. These characters draw you in like a moth to a flame, and take you on adventures you could never even dream of, and through this journey, you figure out a piece of yourself. You understand your personality better and you get a sense of what is right and wrong. Ethics, morality, laws, concepts you thought were too big to understand, end up seeming so simple. You learn to pick your stand in life, and literature sure does play a role in that, be it big or small. Whether you enjoyed literature as a subject at school or not, you have to admit that somewhere it did help shape you into the person you’ve become today. It helped you interact with people who, though fictitious, provided you with wisdom, knowledge and shared their experiences that helped you find your way.
At the end of the day, Like Dr, Seuss said, “The more that you read the more things you will know. The more that you’ll learn, the more places you’ll go.” Trust me, you’ll go places all right. From worlds you’ve never even heard off to the places you’ve been to countless times but never realized just how charming they can be. But apart from the magic, the reality of it is that you’ll get a fighting chance to survive in this dog-eat-dog world as books sure will prepare you for it. Because at the end of the day, we become a slightly better, if not a lot, version of ourselves for it. The minute you pick up a book to read, I promise you the journey will be a good one.
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