Growing up, I was always surrounded by books. My parents believed in the power of books and, from a very young age, instilled in me a healthy reading habit. They told me to make books my best friends, for the knowledge I could get from them would be lifelong. And thus began my journey with books, over which I took a liking to them.

I still fondly remember the day when I picked up my first read – a comic – Chacha Chaudhary. I was instantly hooked. The vivid illustrations and interesting story lines gave me a first-hand experience of the power books wielded, so much so that as soon as I was done reading one comic, I would turn to the next. It was indeed the start of a beautiful journey.

As I grew older, my reading preferences got more mature. I started delving into the world of fiction, letting books transport me to hitherto unknown places. I could put myself in my favorite characters’ shoes and learn from their experiences. Reading had become my escape, a way to unwind after a long, hard day.

But it wasn’t until grade eleven that I discovered the book that would change my life forever, Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad. The book was a complete game-changer, one that rewired my brain when it came to money. It taught me how to look at money differently, and how to create wealth instead of just earning a salary. Looking back, I couldn’t have been more grateful that I stumbled upon this peach of a book.

Today, I am quite proud to say that books have become an integral part of my life. They have helped me grow and learn, to the point that life feels unimaginable without them. A library is still my favorite place, for it is there that I can spend hours browsing through different genres and discovering new authors. In fact, I have even built a personal library at home, filling it with books that have impacted my life in different ways.

Given a choice, I would chose books over any other form of entertainment for the simple reason that they are so much more than that – they are reservoirs of knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration. They have helped me become the person I am today, and I am sure the process is far from over.

My love for books has been a constant in my life, and it all started with my parents’ encouragement to confide in books. I wholeheartedly hope that my story has inspired you to begin reading and discovering the magic books hold within their pages.


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