Rambling #5- Reading vis a vis Watching- the conflict

This is what greeted me in the morning when I went up to wake Namnam up




Now being someone who simply cannot kickstart her day without brushing her teeth, I felt compelled at first to scream at her for not doing the same. But then I also felt nice and proud to see her so glued to her book. I feel this way every time I see her taking to reading far better than I did while growing up. Touchwood.

Even though I love reading, I have never considered myself to be an avid reader and have certainly never done what Namnam does in the pic above. But I have had many people recount their stories about how they used to read at any given opportunity. Amma has told how there had been so many nights when she used to read in the dead dark, under her quilt, using a torch! And there have been plenty of occasions, when I have caught Namnam reading her books in the same manner. Under the comforter, using the torch on my or R’s phone. I have even had friends tell me how they would read while eating, drinking, washing. Even ironing, yes! Smitha tweeted this and I couldnt help myself from laughing and also feeling much in awe of her at the same time! The kind of reading-stamina that she has, is something that I wish I could imbibe from her. However I see a similar drive for reading growing in my house when I observe my child. For which I couldn’t be gladder.

Namnam has been jumping around all excited about her grandparents’ visit, the reason for which has also got  a great deal to do with a bundle of books that they are bringing for her :).

Having said that, I must also mention that Namnam has shown similar dedication towards watching shows on YouTube as well! She sometimes insists on watching it while having her dinner, in the same way she insists on carrying a book to read in the car, even if the journey is a 10 minute ride! Oh she has even woken up once in the middle of the night, to watch a scene from her favourite show that she had missed out. Now R & I are fully aware of the shows she watches. We have kept a tab. We can safely say that she has benefited a great deal  even from a lot of them, in terms of learning, enhancing knowledge and improving her command over the language.

Probably the exact similar way reading helps.

Of course there are times when we have had to curtail her watching whenever it bordered on addiction. But that’s something we have had to do a couple of times with her reading-fixation too. Especially whenever it interfered with her studies or some important activity. Imagine a situation when she decides that her books need her more than her assignments and homeworks. Or when we are already late for her after school activity and instead of rushing out, she is found sitting with her book oblivious to pressing situation. You get what I mean? 😀

And yet what I find worth pondering is how the reaction changes drastically when we speak about our kids’ reading vis a vis watching. To speak for myself, I know how much pride I take when I tell people that my daughter loves reading. Even when I sense her addiction towards it, I love it! But when it comes to acknowledging her love for watching shows that are just as entertaining and informative, I feel the enthusiasm lacking.


february ramblings

8 thoughts on “Rambling #5- Reading vis a vis Watching- the conflict

  1. I think that is because of this think we have in mind that reading is better than watching .. although modern days one can now watch everything they want to Read 🙂

    God bless the little one .. and helooo to the proud mommy…

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  2. Hugs to the little darling! She is a superstar! Deeps, I have to read before going to bed, and after waking up. I would even read while brushing, if only I could manage that without dropping the book/kindle 🙂 Hugs to both of you. Has she started reading Jaqueline Wilson? This one has tried a few but she seems to be on her Enid Blyton phase (again) at the moment.

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  3. Ah. A proud Momma indeed! Glad so glad that Namnam is reading, and watching. Gladder that you both are involved in it too! Here there is more watching than reading. But today I was rather delighted to see a young lass in Class 6 carrying the first part of The Hunger Games with her to class 🙂 A bit worried too, thinking of whether she was up to it!
    As Smitha has said, don’t worry about the watching part – I consider it a natural progression 🙂

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  4. With reference to that last sentence of yours, I personally find it strange that people post pictures of people engrossed in books and going ga-ga over it and then sharing those of people engrossed in their phones and dissing it. Strange considering that we are different people and have different hobbies. Watching shows, playing music, climbing mountains, gardening, listening to music and singing, tailoring, making artifacts… these are all activities/hobbies just like reading. My younger son watches shows on youtube and movies on TV like there is no tomorrow. I don’t think he is any less than those who read books when it comes down to it. I myself am a voracious reader, but I hate the snobbery of readers and don’t count myself among them 🙂

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  5. Deeps, I can so well understand your happiness , I am a voracious reader but am losing out now as now I am finding it difficult to read while travelling in bus and otherwise I hardly get any time for it, but I am super proud of my elder one who reads a lot and even writes very well, her poems are published in her school magazine and I have seen that reading helps a lot in this. May be it is our upbringing where we were always praised for reading and dissuaded from watching… isnt it?….


  6. Awww….Namnam is soo cute and I love her total addiction to books…let her be Deeps 🙂
    And as Smitha says, she is well balanced…kudos to you parents !!


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