I have always been fond of reading, be it the sports’ section of the newspaper or the stories in my textbooks. However, the one thing I didn’t like reading were the questions we were asked during our exams. More often than not, I would be unsure about the answers!
Apart from this, I always enjoyed reading. It made me happy in a way that most things couldn’t. It was my
way of knowing things. Unlike most kids my age, I wasn’t really into TV. We only had two channels – the classic DD National and DD News – to speak of, anyway! Besides, technology was yet to conquer the world like it has today. With no smartphones or fancy gadgets, reading naturally became my preferred way of killing time
. The more I read, the more I loved books.
I had already started reading novels by the time I was in fourth grade! The first novel I read was Black Beauty
. I still remember how heartbroken I was during the middle chapters, but the thrill I felt on completing the novel is something I will never forget. This book made me realize how complicated the world can get for humans and animals alike. Like I said, there were times when the story saddened me, but I didn’t give up. For a fourth grader, that was an achievement in itself. Maybe it was my grit
, or maybe my love of reading, or maybe both!
Looking back, I feel blessed to have spent so much time reading. It has taught me many a life lesson
, some of which I have successfully implemented in my life.
The last thing I would like to add – which happens to be the best lesson books have taught me – is that it’s not about how start, but rather how you finish. Happy reading!