The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read.
– Mark Twain
The image you are seeing on the left side is my personal library built over a period of 25 years. Perhaps it is in January, 1990 I added my first book to my library when I was in my third year of graduation. Computers were then in nascent stage and were being used mainly for bookkeeping and secretarial works. The internet revolution had still not dawn in.
In fact, the idea to have my personal library was in seed form much before it surfaced in 1990 when my desire to improve my language abilities shoot up to unfathomable levels. My argument to take recourse in books is that they make me feel like intimate friends.My visits to district and community libraries during childhood days further strengthened the need to have my private library so that I can read my interesting stuff at my own pace and time. In my younger days whenever I see librarians, I cherish their job as they get ample opportunity/time to read all their interesting books.
Like Rome was not built in a day, my library has taken years in building up. I choose my books very carefully. The sources of knowing good books are many viz. newspapers,magazines, TV news, book reviews, visits to bookstores etc. But a final decision is only after seeing the contents and reading reactions. The chapters also play a role in selecting a book. Generally, my choice of books are : self-help, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, personality development. My taste of books is a cocktail of both humanities and sciences.My collection of books grew in numbers in last five years. Whenever I am in low mood, I open the door of bookshelf and gaze them to recoup my energy.
During the last 25 years, I completed reading more than half of books and another half of books are on my conveyor belt. I read simultaneously 8-10 books in portions. When I don’t find time to read, I feel dry. During the course of reading, I also take notes in a separate notebook. This information would be handy to me when I start writing on a particular subject.
In fact, books remain as my life long friends. Whenever I wish I can open a book of my interest and I strike my chord with the author. Some times, I feel that I need to do something to inject this enthusiasm of reading books into children who are my hope. There are so many dream plans to channelize my creative energies for public good. I wish to conduct a workshop on nurturing the hobby of reading books to all age groups and thereby build knowledge groups.
Personality development guru Robin Sharma in his book who will cry when you die suggests us to build a library of heroic books. He says that I spend countless hours in large bookstores combing the shelves for the latest treasure that will enlighten and educate me. In that book Sharma suggested 13 heroic books that must adorn your personal library. I am already having the following six books which I feel are must read ones.– Meditations, Marcus Aurelius-The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin-Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse-The Power of Your subconscious Mind, Joseph Murphy
As a Man Thinketh, James, AllenThink and Grow Rich, Napoleon HillI want to add one more book Awaken the Giant within by Anthony Robbins.Books change your destiny. Personality development guru Anthony Robbins says that music change your state of mind and books change your focus.Let me summarise the importance of books in the words of Ruskin Bond:
“Book readers are special people, and they will always turn to books as the ultimate pleasure. Those who do not read are the unfortunate ones. There’s nothing wrong with them; but they are missing out on one of life’s compensations and rewards. A great book is a friend that never lets you down. You can return to it again and again and the joy first derived from it will still be there.”
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