I have enjoyed reading since I was a kid. I was someone who preferred reading novels and storybooks to his textbooks, someone who preferred staying at home and reading instead of going out with his friends.

I read comics like Chacha Chaudhary and Nagraj, among others. I also had the chance to read novels from authors like Keshav Pandit, who became my instant favorite. Some of his novels had a profound impact on me, to the point that I read them over and over again.

I also had a special place for astrology in my heart. I had always been curious about how stars were born, what caused their death, what brought about natural calamities, what made comets so special, and things of the sort. My curiosity was what prompted me to start reading about the universe and its marvelous secrets. The more I read, the more astonished I was.

At around 8-10 years of age, I also read The Ramayana with my father. The characters felt so magical that I couldn’t put the book down. The book also made me wonder if God really existed or if certain supernatural events were possible. Once again, my curiosity made me to delve deeper into the subject.

One thing about me as a reader is that, while reading, I get so engrossed in the story that I can put myself in the shoes of every character. On more than one occasion have I felt like the protagonist of the book I’m reading. I have explored a wide range of genres, yet this tendency to see my own reflection in a given character has refused to abandon me.

Growing up, I developed a taste for autobiographies. I read the autobiographies of Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Abraham Lincoln, and Swami Vivekananda.

My love for books has been one of the few constants in my life. Even on busy days, I find ways to get some time to read. Books have always been the perfect answer to every question that has popped into my head. In fact, I am one of those traditional readers who would rather read a hardcover than a soft copy. The relaxation I get from a book in my hands is matchless.


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