Well, I have never been a typical bookworm. However, as a Bengali, I would read Satyajit Ray every now and then. Ray’s Professor Shonku, the Feluda series, and Pather Panchali still remain my favorites. As someone who read every story in the Feluda stories, I can confidently say that it was one of Ray’s best works, one that impacted me immensely as a child.

I really don’t remember how I began reading. What I do remember is that this bond only grew stronger over time. Whenever anything upset me, I would turn to a book without a second thought. It not only helped raised my spirits, but also gave me the much-needed peace of mind. I became particularly fond of the adventure, thrill and suspense genres. On second thoughts, I also enjoyed reading horror and detective novels.

Over the years, books became my best friends. They helped bring the best out of me, while teaching me how to approach and solve every challenge life threw at me. I went on to read some great books during this phase, some of which were Leo Tolstoy’s The Three Questions and Rabindranath Tagore’s Chokher Bali and Gitabitan. I also became a big fan of J.K. Rowling after reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, after which I finished the entire series.

I feel books are a great stress buster. They have also helped me a great deal with my speaking and writing skills. Reading has even improved my academic performance in general. While I do devote time to the other things and people in my life, it is in books that I find peace amid all the commotion of everyday life; they are my sole source of solace from the mundane. Well, that is all for my story. I hope you liked it.


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