Sketch artist : Anushka Rai
“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.”
– from the book ‘Brooklyn Follies’ by Paul Auster
Nerds, weirdoes, delusional, impractical, lost and of course nostalgic! Compulsive readers are threat to the monotonous tone of a regular lifestyle. Readers are saviour, dreamers, keen observer and grey matter of this world. Reading is not a hobby neither a meditation, it is a way of living, where one person is submissive to the other’s world of the words. Reading is not delusional, as it may sound, it is a way to connect with people by achieving satisfactory and creative fulfilment.
This is the era of multitasking, where a person has to be jack of all and master of none. Everyone around us is busy in multitasking, clinching way too much than what actually is required. This makes us impatient and intolerant towards others’ views and thoughts. People only listen, what they want to and read only those words which are necessary for their materialistic fulfilment. This practice of necessity based reading is making this world impatient and intolerant. One needs to realise that reading inculcates a kind of discipline, where the reader becomes more patient and tolerant towards others’ viewpoint by understanding and respecting it.
Reading carries us to another world. A world, that exists within us, but is possibly unexplored and unexplained. It makes us believe that the rest of the world has just fallen away and you have plunged into the fine details provided through words and art. Reading lets you immerse into the thoughts of others. We are limited by the boundaries of our imagination and cannot think farther than what our thought process allows, however through words of a writer, readers break those boundaries and they start thinking ‘beyond imagination.’ When we immerse into the striking details of a text, we dwell in to the place, arena, situation and artistic world of the writer. Reading gives us a momentary escape from the ‘rat-race rut’ for comprehension and insight. A beautifully written text can take you to other realms of thought whereas a well-written article can make you think about the present and engage you in the moment.
Reading ignites that fire of imagining things and shaping your desires into a dream and then into a reality. Reading at times gives us a momentary realization, the moment just stays and you feel that you have time travelled in to a different world . This idea is not just contemporary. It dates back to ancient times of Plato and Apollo. It could not be a mere coincidence that Apollo was the God of both poetry and healing.
Not being exponent but, literature-lovers as we are, it feels bad to see all the geniuses getting vanquished over by a pile of mobile applications. Reading does not mean that you leave your favourite pastime or forgo things that you love to do. It is not about making reading books a daily unforgettable ritual. But an hour or two for those beautiful words imbibed is not too much to ask.
As we have already mentioned previously that reading books with which we can connect ourselves or get inspired by the conversations of ordinary people have always proved to be the major stakeholder of our thought process. Reading is not for few, but it is very much for all. A human mind is made to read,write and think, therefore reading is not a hobby but it is quintessential food for your thought process. So, shamelessly dwell in to the world in which you wish to foster your imagination and start a journey of self fulfilment through words!
– Prakhar, ShashiK.
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”
– James Baldwin
Special thanks to our official artist, Anushka Rai for the summing up the write up in a sketch!