Reading too much into it?

Recently I have started reading stories to Namnam.It is something that I have tried to do ever since she was a year and a half.But her fascination for books,papers and anything remotely related to that was confined to biting or tearing them into pieces!So much so that R,who works in a publishing house that take out about 4 magazines in a month,was anything but amused at his daughter’s love for destroying his sole source of income!Thankfully,with time,she outgrew the phase and found more interesting things to do.

So I was happy,when,a couple of months back,Namnam brought a book to me and insisted on being read to.Soon this turned into a practice and she began to love this.And I,even more so at this new phase of mother-daughter bonding!

Reading is a virtue that needs to be cultivated.In fact it should be an integral part of your growing up.

The more you read,the more you grow,the wiser you become.To me,a well read person commands more respect than a highly qualified one.I know of many people who are well-educated,hold doctorates even,yet their knowledge is limited to the field of their specialty only.If you ask them about something outside of their expertise,they would be ignorant.Why?Because they dont feel the need to read or widen their horizon.

My Ammamma was not very highly educated in the permissible sense of the word.Yet she was so well read that her intellect and wisdom could match up to any person holding a bachelor or master’s degree.

Not everyone can have a passion for reading,I agree.I dont boast of being a voracious reader myself.I dont pick up anything and everything that comes my way to read.But I do find the whole aspect engaging.Even empowering at times when I realize I’ve gained some knowledge too in the process.And I’m so glad to say here that my reading has increased thousand-fold ever since I started blogging.

I was chatting with my father-in-law while drafting this post.He said one of his cousins was gifting him a CD listing the names of 1000 books!I’ve no doubt,though,that of those 1000,Appaji would have read 800 already.His excitement was evident in the words he typed on the messenger.His books are his greatest companions.There’s nothing that gives him more pleasure than reading.I so admire him for that and respect him even more.

I’m yet to know how much Namnam is going to acquire the habit of reading though.However,I’d like to try and make sure to do my bit by inculcating in her the love of it.

Let me sign off with a quote by Maya Angelou that is apt to the present context..

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.


59 thoughts on “Reading too much into it?

  1. I have completely lost my reading habit… sigh…

    although my wife seems to gobble up books after books like a dinosaur with a voracious appetite…

    D: Wow! I truly admire Hetal and people like her,Hitchy πŸ™‚

    my son is starting to develop a habit of reading a story before sleepnig and the book has to go below his pillow… while he sleeps so the animals can come in his dreams… !!!

    D: Awww…how sweet and wonderful to hear that.Its amazing to know how children develop their own reasoning πŸ™‚

    off late my son doesnt want me or mom to read but himself.. only at difficult words will he point and tell us to pronounce…

    however we have to constantly keep looking in his book while he reads… !!!!

    I guess he is cultivating a reading habit in me… lol πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    D: excellent work,Hriday πŸ™‚


    1. dont admire her… out of 10 books she reads… 9 are mills and boon… !!!!!!! sigh… it makes my life mighty difficult.. I tell ya… lol

      D: There was a time I used to devour mills & boon,while in school.then by the time I passed out of college I lost interest.Now maybe when Namnam starts reading those,I’ll get hooked again,who knows πŸ˜›


      1. My best friend in college used say Mills n boons are also great for GK, you learn about well researched places along with steely grey eyes and enigmatic looks πŸ˜‰

        D: Oh yes,IHM..I remember how amazed I used to be at the descriptions the authors would give of the places,the towns where the charactes lived or the mansions & stables that were owned by the ruggedly handsome heroes!! πŸ˜€


        1. Oh yes, IHM πŸ™‚ Once in class 10, we decided that we would write our own M&B – an Indian one and spent a couple of days, thinking up exotic names and exotic places, before getting bored of it πŸ™‚


  2. Nicely written Deeps. And I have to agree. A well read person is far more knowledgeable than a highly educated one.

    We come across dozens of people daily who are moderately or even sometimes barely educated yet are so up to date on current affairs thanks to magazines and newspapers. It is almost embarrassing to admit being educated in front of these people.

    D: Yes,we do,Masood.Such people are awe-inspiring πŸ™‚

    Glad that you are trying to embed this habit in namnam. I was never really into reading as a kid and started light reading 8-9 yrs ago but I have to admit I regret not doing it sooner. So plan to have my kiddo pick up reading as a hobby so that he doesn’t miss out.

    But that also depends on what other hobbies he might develop. Don’t want to force something onto him. So lets see.

    D: Absolutely agree with you.We should never force or burden our children into doing something they dont want to.I’m sure Ibbu baby will grow up to be a wonderful person.He’s being raised by two excellent parents πŸ™‚


  3. Hey Deepu πŸ™‚ I loved the way u know u hv written abt well-read and those ppl who just hv those innumerable degrees πŸ˜›
    One of my neighbours hd 8 PhDs but always spoke of caste, creed etc..!!! Of what gud πŸ˜›

    D: Absolutely.of what use is all the education when your thinking remains narrow and pathetic.You gave a valid point,Swaru πŸ™‚

    So sweet Nammukutty hs this practice and kudos to u lovely Mom for trying to inculcate the habit in her πŸ˜€


  4. My m-law passed her tenth in a convent school and no one can beat her in her vocabulary,even at this age her command on english is excellent,this is all because of her reading habit.She used to tell me that her father didnt allow her to study further but he used to get books to read and that continued even after marriage and till date.Her sons buy books for her now.Once upon a time her fav was Mills and boon.

    D: Precisely my point,Sari.You dont need to have very high degrees to be educated.You can be well read and be learned.Hats off to your mom-in-law πŸ™‚

    My mom is also a good reader and a writer too,she writes in telugu,few articles of hers was published in telugu newspapers long back,now that she is retired and started writing again.

    D: Wow..very impressive πŸ™‚

    Younger kid is just like namnam now,what ever paper she gets she tears it ,but before tearing she keeps that paper on her lap and stares it for sometime maybe trying to grasp it or something else.I didnt start reading for her,now i will start reading for her.Hugs to kutty papa and touchwood.

    D: Hugs to you too πŸ™‚

    When i was kid i was never into reading but since few months i started reading books recommended by IHM,i am totally glued to it.btw hubby brought White Tiger today,has to start that soon.


      1. IHM i read Daughters of arabia,colour purple,the thousand splendid sons and kite runner.Today started the white tiger.I am not getting Not without my daughter and chocolate


      2. IHM I think I need to go and see what all books you recommended Saritha to read coz the list of books she has written here are my all time fave. Boy how angry I was when I read Princess (the first one to Daughter’s Of Arabia) and you won’t believe what a hard time I gave my male cousins. I kept on quoting Sultana’s words to them :mrgreen:

        Chocolate gave me sleepless nights for days 😦

        IHM where can I find your list of books recommendation?? The last book I read was Shantaram and loved it πŸ™‚ Ayyo heard the movie is soon gonna release with my fave lover boy johnny Depp :mrgreen:

        D: There..the Depp mention again… πŸ™„


  5. That is a wonderful thought! But today with so much of distraction around … it is nothing less than a mission to concentrate and read a book!

    D:ha ha true πŸ™‚

    We have grown up to respect books and everything that has got anything written on. My daughter who loves to eat and tear paper am sure wonders why father doesnot allow her to tear those daily newspaper while he gives them away to the caretaker of the building every week!
    Bahut na insaafi hai!

    D: πŸ˜† I’m sure in a few months your daughter will know its worth just like Namnam did πŸ™‚


  6. You know, I was a crazy reader as a kid. Used to read everything right upto the newspaper in which groceries were packed. Somehow I forgot about it while growing up but have recently rediscovered the thrill of reading.

    D: brother was like that.In fact he still is.He revels in reading,anything for that matter.I find that hard though πŸ™‚

    Am looking forward to my next trip to Yemen since there is not much work to do there in the evenings and I’ve just got three new books to devour πŸ™‚

    D: Bliss,isnt it??

    Yuvaan btw, seems least interested in listening to stories πŸ˜›

    D: πŸ™‚


  7. i have always been a crazy reader… i can pick up anything and read it from the first word to the last..

    Totally agree with you on the fact that widely read people are more intellectual than highly educated people. To me its more important to be Jack of All Trades than a Master of only one! Yep I like things in abundance! I am not even close to being a jack of all trades, but am sure I know lot of things other than my field of education(which i seriously doubt if i know anything about!)

    D: “Yep I like things in abundance! I am not even close to being a jack of all trades, but am sure I know lot of things other than my field of education” and I attribute that to your love of reading,Rohini πŸ™‚

    I am sure Namnam will develop good reading habits as things like this start at young age only. It seems my Mum used to read me books when I was little. She used to read stories from Chandamama and all. And so i have definitely developed this reading habit. Namnam will too! πŸ™‚

    D: I hope so.She does sit through when I read stories to her from Panchatantra and Amar Chitra Katha.I used to love reading Chandamama series πŸ™‚


  8. “The more you read,the more you grow,the wiser you become” —I consider that as an insult !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ The only stuffs I read these days are these blogs apart from the newspapers. and oh, not to forget all those comics that I get from my cousins. But you know what, even they have shifted to Harry Potters and the likes, and I keep asking them if they have tinkle or archies when I go over there 😦 😦

    D: Know what,I’m not a big fan of the Harry Potter series!I love tinkle,Vimmuu.Have you read Balarama,the mayavi series,its a malayalam publication?I used to love reading stories from there πŸ™‚


    1. Deeps – Mayavi and Kabish – my mom used to read to us πŸ™‚ Reading Malayalam was something I found very difficult 😦 I used to love them!!!! Every time we went to Kerala, we could bring back loads – they were not available in Jamshedpur.

      D: Amma used to subscribe Balarama for me & my brother.I remember that was our pre-condition for doing our homeworks.I used to rush up on my studies to finally lay my hands on the series πŸ˜€


      1. Loved mayavi, balarama, poombatta and all. I got a monthly parcel from my grandfather all the way from Kerala of a collection on malayalam comics and books…..He thought that would improvemy malayalam reading skills…it’s another thing that I never graduated from reading comics in malayalam 😯


  9. Deeps, I have always been a voracious reader, so much so that I would smuggle books home to read πŸ™‚ My parents used to worry that I would neglect my studies in my single minded pursuit of reading πŸ™‚

    D: I loved the way you said ‘single handed pursuit of reading πŸ™‚

    I bought Poohi’s first book when she was just days old much to my parents amusement πŸ™‚ And you know, once I was supposed to be putting Poohi to sleep and Nishant walked in to see both me and her reading our books respectively πŸ™‚ In her case, it was more admiring the colours – she was around 6 months then πŸ™‚ So I think to some extent, she has always had books around her, so she probably picked it up – but I always read to her too. And I make sure that I also modulate my voice according to characters and also make up stories to entertain her πŸ™‚

    D: Thats a wonderful technique,Smits.You know,I do that too when I read stories to Namnam.She really enjoys when I do that πŸ™‚

    She loves books and reading now – I just hope that it continues forever. It has for me πŸ™‚ My whole family – both maternal and paternal are book lovers. Achchan wrote too – so I guess it is parampariyam too πŸ™‚

    D: Wow,Smits..I’d love to read uncle’s work someday πŸ™‚

    But my brother used to show no interest in reading when he was young – despite being surrounded by books – just like me.. but he developed a taste for reading much later.

    D: In my family it was the other way round.My brother was always into reading and he loved reading anything whereas I was choosier.

    Even now, I would rather read a book than watch a movie – much to husband’s anguish 😦


  10. What you are doing with Namnam is absolutely important and necessary. Good reading habits always take you far. At least that is what I believe. Namnam is going to do great because of fabulous parents like you. So go on read to her and let her read. πŸ™‚

    D: Hugs,Sols for those encouraging words! πŸ™‚

    My husband is a voracious reader. There is always a book by our bedside table, in his car, in his room at workplace. He has a huge library back home. We have a small one here. I read a lot too but wouldn’t classify myself as voracious esp. in comparison to him. I write a lot though. I am a re-reader and in fact have a post on it which I have to finish writing.

    D: Do publish it soon.would love to read about it.Sols,in this household too,R is the more passionate amongst us when it comes to reading πŸ˜‰ ! He was the one who was more keen that Namnam picked up this habit of reading.So much so that he bought a whole lot of series of Amar Chitra Katha,Tinkle,Chandamama,right before she was born.He wanted to make sure she was read to from early on and was aware about Indian stories.Nowadays you hardly come across good Indian literature,dont you think?Amar Chitra Katha & Panchatantra have been cult-series with so morals to impart.

    We started reading to Peanut when she was 3 months old. Yes! just 3 months. Of course she didn’t understand a thing but we were just trying to slowly set that bedtime routine. It continued till she started grabbing book and slowly started uttering words. From there a day came when she could read very well and now she is a fabulous reader with a great vocabulary.

    D: Oh yes,I remember the ‘commotion’ post of your πŸ˜€

    I would call her a voracious reader. Even though she is a kindergΓ€rtner, her reading level is at par with adults. That means she can read this entire post without any mistakes. Now her reading sessions are with 1st graders in school and there too they give her special challenges because she can read anything.

    D: Thats amazing,Sols.Peanut is growing up in the right environment πŸ™‚ God bless her.


    1. Agree with Solilo. Not just reading, but even talking with the kid at an early age helps it to develop its communication, socialization, verbal, thinking capabilities. Don’t bother whether they catch up immediately. They are brighter and eager than we think. They will give all their senses for you and for sure will develop the skills in time, and much before kids who don’t have someone to talk or read to.

      D: You summed it up it so well πŸ™‚

      Cheers and wish all books and stories for namnam πŸ˜‰

      D: ha ha..thank you,rocksea πŸ™‚


    2. “So much so that he bought a whole lot of series of Amar Chitra Katha,Tinkle,Chandamama,right before she was born.”

      Please keep all those handy when we meet in Dubai.

      D: deal!and please bring Peanut with you..I’m dying to meet her πŸ™‚

      I still bring Tinkle from India and also my mom and MIL still buy Tinkle and Archies digests for me. πŸ˜›

      KG just published a post on re-reading just 2 days back so I will publish mine in a month or so. Meanwhile let me write about Tinkle and post some pictures from the collection I have.

      Peanut too loves reading Tinkle.


  11. You know a dear friend and her husband are crazy readers that if there is no new book/magazines to read in the bathroom, he reads back of shampoo bottles. πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    (of course that is his joke.)

    D: ROFL!Sols,R&I have a book holder fixed in our bathroom with our magazines and books stacked up there.Reading in the loo is one of our common indulgences too πŸ˜†


    1. Remind me to never touch a book in your bathroom. Ha..ha..ha.. πŸ˜†

      My husband has his set of books too in the restroom that I never touch. I have my magazines near bathtub. πŸ™‚

      D: I’ve never understood this reading-while-relaxing-in-bathtub theory! whenever I’ve tried doing that the book has slipped out of my hand into the water!Its always been music for me…I get a real spa-effect πŸ˜†


      1. I do all that too πŸ™‚ My mom used to go crazy about it. She could not understand how I can read with every activity πŸ™‚

        I love reading in the bath – pure bliss!!


          1. read in the bath… !! sigh…

            smi… you gotta tell your in england….

            in India we have bathroom’s with either shower or tap and balti and dabla… !!!!!

            how can you read while doing that… !!!! :mrgreen:


  12. O dear just last night ayshu got up at 1.30 in the night and says ‘mama book lesen’ means read the book..she can forgo anything to be just with her happy:)

    D: How shweet…she had a dream of her books or what??130 in the night? πŸ™‚


  13. Loved your post Deeps… πŸ™‚
    I do agree with what you’ve said. My mom is a voracious reader herself and she made sure me and my sis developed and cultivated our love for books and reading πŸ™‚

    D: Thats so wonderful to know,Pix. Your mom is a great lady πŸ™‚

    So, yes, it is an integral part of your little one’s growing up πŸ™‚

    I totally agree that numerous degrees alone does not make a person “well-read”!



  14. Beautiful post, Deepu! I too have done a post about books. This habit of reading books for kids, improve their curiosity in books. I am not a good story teller and so I needed a book to entertain my sons. Amar chitra katha was the first book I read for them.

    D: Amar Chitra Katha & Panchatantra are what I’m reading to Namnam now πŸ™‚

    Some people think that books lying here and there after reading is like cluttering the house. But I feel, the children, when they are bored, start taking them and turning pages out of curiosity and start reading them. This is the first step of reading. My husband and myself used to read a lot and now it has come down. But my sons read a lot.

    ‘To me,a well read person commands more respect than a highly qualified one.I know of many people who are well-educated,hold doctorates even,yet their knowledge is limited to the field of their specialty only.If you ask them about something outside of their expertise,they would be ignorant.Why?Because they dont feel the need to read or widen their horizon.’ I agree with you, in this aspect, Deepu.

    Namnam is great. She is lucky, she has got grandparents and parents who love books. She is going to be a voracious reader and knowledgeable, I am sure. God bless her!

    D: I sincerely hope she develops the habit,Sandhya.I’m really glad to read your thoughts on it.Thanks so much.will hop over to read your post on the topic πŸ™‚


  15. as long as i was a school goer, i didnt have this habit of reading, let alone general books even school stuff …
    but during college i took an interest in it and there was no turning back and went to publish books even …

    it s really a magic of a habit if you can get the right books to lay ur hands on …

    D: Well said,deeps πŸ™‚


  16. When I was carrying my daughter I read in Reader’s Digest how even babies should be read to, and they should see the parents reading. I used to read to her, or sing rhymes to her while showing her pictures and tell her stories like Smitha said, modulating my voice (they both loved a very nonviolent version of Goldilocks and simple stories of children at play, a new puppy at home and simple baby stories like that…

    D: When I was pregnant with Namnam,I used to listen to a lot of instrumental music which I’d heard would benefit the child.. And then after she was born,I began to read to her.Like I mentioned in the post,it she was not very forthcoming to it initially πŸ˜€ .But I’m glad she is beginning to like it as much as she likes listening to music πŸ™‚

    I think apart from developing a reading habit, this also becomes a lovely, memorable time spent together!!

    D: I’m cherishing this phase,IHM πŸ™‚

    Generally I read during the day and just before sleeping was their reading and bonding with daddy time πŸ™‚

    But my sister didn’t enjoy reading till she was in class VIII, and I still remember how she was annoyed because somebody made a remark on her not reading, and she spent the summer vacations catching up on all the years of missed reading πŸ™‚


  17. 😦 πŸ˜₯

    You shouldn’t have done this Deeps… What an insult to the non-readers community members like me?!

    Im planning to launch a protest πŸ‘Ώ

    So Vimmuuu is a sure shot ally…. Lemme see how many more I can find πŸ˜›

    D: you need to find at least 25 from the blogsamaj,ok??thats the rule 😈


  18. nice .. u r daughter is showing signs of becoming a publishing house tycoon ,eh !. i used to be a voracious reader .. the habit keeps falling off the cliff on and off .. but yeah , i do agree that a well read person is better than someone who merely has degrees and diplomas.

    D: ha ha ha!Publishing house tycoon??? My husband will be thrilled to see your observation πŸ˜€


  19. You know i keep telling Pradeep , that if there is one thing my child will get as ” kudumba swothhe ” (family heirloom) ,it wud ahve to be reading habit, considering that Pradeep and myself both devour books……! ( We literally fight over sharing, who completes the book first..!!) and Pradyuman loves being read to (atleast till yet) , and you know when the actual rewards come through as a parent…? when the child starts relating the story to real life. At so many instances, Pradyuman has suddenly exclaimed that, it is like the forest in hansel & Gretel na?? Or the like Ship of Sindbad ?? and many a times, when the story is being read after a long time, he will remember excerpts and put in pieces from his memory. Then you know that the child is actually understanding what is being read to him, and not only just looking at the pictures ….. !!! I hope this just continues ……. ! the wisdom that literature provides can be matched with nothing else.

    D: I was nodding my head with a ‘yes’ to all that you said :). Agree with you totally,Manisha πŸ™‚


  20. Wow Deeps wht a lovely subject……….u knw the line abt the marked difference btn highly qualified people & highly read people is soo soo true really tho most of the older generation wd never admit to it…they’d rather a child who mugs up lessons & comes 1st in class rather than a child who is well-read.

    D:You’re so right,Nancy.The older generation did have that mindset.Some still do.But I’d like to think the outlook is changing now :).

    U knw I checked out all the comments where everybody said they read to their child from early on itself & I realised I never did all tht much. Just here & there but there was never any doubt in my mind that they ‘ll love reading…I used to be crazy abt books tho now I have reduced a lot.
    Both my kids devour books…they cd be playing the best of games & I just have to show them new books & they’ll come in a thrice. They love bookshops & we always have to drag them out to go home:-S. Like Solilo says even my younger one is way ahead of the rest in her class interms of language & understanding.

    D: Amazing to know that,Nance.All the best wishes to Naina.I’m sure she will reach even greater heights πŸ™‚

    Added benefit: I love it tht I dont have to sit & teach dictation words to my kids coz almost always get full marks without my help πŸ˜€

    D: wonderful…and you can use that much more time on blogging,na πŸ˜†


  21. It is one of the best gifts we can give to our children (and ourselves) as words open up an entire new world to explore, wonder at and conquer. Good luck with your explorations!

    D: So true,hypermom.Thank you πŸ™‚


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  23. Oh definitely reading is important!!! I simply love reading.
    A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever. One has to develop a habit of reading and would b great if she develops it from childhood.

    D: I hope she does,Nazish πŸ™‚

    i have this opinion that knowledge can b communicated but not wisdom.

    D: Thats a deep insightful thought!


  24. My grandmother used to tell me stories… not read out but make them in her imagination and I know I used to LOVE it πŸ™‚

    Welcome,Nova :).Yes,even my grandmother used to do that.My brother & I used to look forward to the story sessions πŸ™‚

    I am not surprised then that Namnam loves it too πŸ™‚


  25. Deeps, you know what, I have now fallen into a deeper trap of making up stories. I sometimes make up my own stories to entertain Poohi – now, from the last 3-4 days, she has been demanding ‘new’ made up stories – and believe me, my imagination is just about ready to give up 😦

    D: Know what,Smits,earlier R used to tell Namnam some made-up stories of gloves,bricks and all that.Now,ever since we’ve come from Delhi the onus has fallen on me.I have to tell her stories of ammamma,ammachan,Thaatha,etc.! Its known as the ‘delhi story’!I’m now running out my imagination and forced to shift the focus back to doha and her dolls πŸ˜€


    1. Smith’s you can make up stories like how a hungry mom got lost in a forest while trying to get her daughter back from school and was running amok like Phoebe when the fairies and goblins of the forest came down to help her πŸ˜• you can throw in descriptions of giant sandwiches πŸ˜€ huge multi coloured ice creams πŸ‘Ώ tiers of cakes 😈


      D: You’re having a blast with those smileys,arent you,Saksh πŸ˜†


  26. Deeps I love reading too and my dad says I started it at a very early age. My husband and Saman too loves books and after dinner all the three of us are huddled on one couch reading books. Saman has an amazing vocabulary and sometimes he teaches me words which I mispronounce 😦

    D:How sweet(tell Saman I didnt use the word ‘cute’,ok? πŸ™‚ )!

    We have a thriving library at home and I think back home the only thing I miss badly is my huge huge collection of books. I have every single title of Enid Blyton what not? One of my all time summer fave activity was taking stock of my books and rearranging them on the shelves.

    D: Saksh,Enid Blyton is one of my favourite authors.I’m not a re-reader like you,Smits & Sols,but the one series that I can read innumerable times is Malory Towers.I loved them.You still have every book of Enid Blyton?Do lend them to me when we meet next πŸ™‚

    Oh my am I glad you told that readers are wiser than well educated ppl πŸ˜€ See even though I don’t have a degree to display i can comment on any issue no ❓ and that too in paragraphs πŸ˜‰ isn’t that an achievement :mrgreen:

    D: See,this is exactly what I meant…you made such wise remark despite not having a degree πŸ˜›

    Wow Namnam is lucky to own all those books!! me wants to befriend Namnu kutty so that I can reread all that stuff.

    D: You already are her ‘Sakshidi’

    So what are you reading now???

    D: Besides Panchatantra & Amar Chitra Katha?? I’m reading Zahir by Paul yet to finish it.I’ve liked whatever I’ve read.I like his writing. what are you reading these days,besides your course books,of course πŸ™‚ ?


  27. Hey Deeps, just dropping by to say hello and that I`m still alive πŸ™‚ I miss reading you. But I`ll back to read all the posts I`ve missed. How`ve you been? Love to lil Namnam

    D: Hi Mish,thank you so much for dropping by.I’m fine,so is Namnam.Be back soon,miss your posts too.
    Hugs πŸ™‚


  28. A post after my heart !!!…I just love reading, even when I was very young I would read anything and everything..both my children have taken this from me, my H devours all the papers..both of us cant sleep without reading something.
    And I agree in toto to … well read person commands more respect than a highly qualified one.I….reading broadens your horizon, brings many perspective to a single thing..people who read a lot are more aware and flexible in their attitude of life.

    D: Totally agree with you,Renu πŸ™‚


  29. A good book is better than an aspirin to me, its my instant stress buster,, and I really cannot understand pewople who do not like to husband doesnt!! all he reads is books related to work if at all..thats it I find that very strange, i am atleast reading 3 books at a time, one heavy, one romance and one current author or something like that..I think I qualify as a nerd or as my son says,” you are too static maa, get moving a bit” hahhaha your hug and namnam’s hugs have been recieved with pleasure, soumya says thanks!

    D: 3 books at a time?I cant do that,Sujata.My husband & Ma would relate with you more here :). I’m currently reading Zahir by Paul Coelho and being a slow reader,I’ll finish it in my own pace.I cant miss reading even a line in a book.If I do that and go forward,I flip back,read the entire page again and then continue! I feel something’s amiss otherwise πŸ™‚


  30. Totally agree with the post Deeps. A child is very lucky when parents have the passion for reading. I find it as the first door to the world for them.

    From my personal experience with S so far, she gets all of her real beliefs and values when it comes in the form of stories, in terms of others enacting them than from any other source like talks or lectures.

    D:Lakshmi,its amazing how children even develop their own imagination when they hear a story or read a book.Namnam is in a stage,now where she makes up a character,gives him/her a name and even starts talking to them.At times she invites me and R to join her in the fun πŸ™‚


  31. and where is the list of 1000 books deeps ?

    D: ha ha ha…the CD is yet to reach my FIL.Will know the list as soon as he mails it to me.
    Welcome here,Anrosh πŸ™‚


  32. I am indebted to books for opening new vistas for me. I used to and still read a lot. I was slightly disappointed that my sons weren’t reading the same way. But thn each have their own ways. They know things which I know nothing about!! Yet, books do open new worlds to us. Period.

    D: Absolutely agree…books do open new worlds πŸ™‚


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