“Who’d waste time reading books in this era of modern technology where every information is available in just one click?” That’s what I used to believe a few years ago, and God, was I mistaken!
Hi! My name’s Sonam and I stay in Ranchi. Today I’m going to share my personal experience with reading different types of books and how they changed my life for good.
I used to be someone everyone was annoyed of… I was really talkative, restless and insane.
But the sudden transformation in my behavior came when I got a year back in class eleven and the reason was a heartbreak! Yes, It was the first love of my life and I got cheated on. I wasn’t mature enough to handle the situation and I couldn’t cope with the pressure, as a result of which I flunked two main exams.
Then came the fear of having your own friends and classmates as your seniors, of getting laughed at. So, I decided to run away from the situation (read the school). I got myself enrolled in another school, which my parents didn’t quite approve of. And gradually, it turned out that their apprehensions weren’t misplaced. Although I made no friends there, I couldn’t realize when everyone turned their backs to me.
Things were getting worse; my parents were no longer the supportive mom-dad that they had been before. They were losing hope, and so was I. But I’m glad to have had some great friends in life. Well, to be honest, I have a very small friends’ circle but I’m grateful to God for letting me have those few people who’d still care for and check on me.
My best friend was a real… geek, or, should I say, a bookworm. She suggested me a book titled Looking for Alaska by John Green. I decided to give it a try. After all, what harm could reading one book do to me?
It was the first ever book that I read (apart from my course books, of course)!
To be honest, it was a whole new experience for me… the more I read, the more flooded my mind was with emotions. It was a really good read. It was a time when the stress and worries of my life were becoming increasingly hard to put up with. By the time I finished that book, reading had become my favorite pastime, nay a second nature.
That unbearable, annoying girl was now quiet and patient, once again lost in her own world… but this time, it was one of fantasies and stories.
I also learned the esoteric art of presenting any story through wordplay, which motivated me to try writing a novel. It got published and garnered rave reviews. Books gave a new meaning to my life.
And that was all about how I fell in love with books.
If you’d like to tell us how reading transformed your life for the better, we’re all ears.