It is a well-established fact that books are the most loyal friends in the world. They can help you escape from all the troubles in life and transport you to the magical world of fantasy.

That said, I had not always been a voracious reader. In my early days as a reader, I was someone who read out of compulsion. This is because literature and reading for me was limited to my academics; it was just a way for me to improve my language proficiency.

My journey – my real journey – as a reader started when me and my family shifted to our native town in the state of Rajasthan. The separation from my old friends and the fear of going to a new school took a heavy toll on my confidence. In fact, I used to spend my school hours sitting all by myself.

However, one day, when I was in the school library, I came across this book titled I am Malala: The Girl who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban. The title immediately drew my attention and I decided to read the book. With each page, I kept falling in love with it. The more I read it, the more inspired I felt. By the time I was done reading it, I was brimming with self-belief.

Books, however, helped me the most when I experienced the greatest loss in my life: the loss of my grandpa. My life had descended into pessimism and negativity after his demise. It was then that I started reading The Secret. And once I had begun, there was no looking back from there. My family was particularly supportive as well, always encouraging me to read more.

I have come to believe that books always come to our aid, especially when life throws unexpected challenges at you. They bring us the much-needed peace of mind, which is a fairly rare commodity in the modern era. I would like to sum up my story with a well-known quote, which is very close to my heart:

I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.

– J.K. Rowling


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