Growing up, I was an active child who enjoyed spending time outdoors, running and playing with friends. I never really thought much about reading, and it wasn’t something that particularly interested me. However, everything changed one summer when I was around twelve years old.

I was at my grandparents’, and one day, while I was exploring the attic, I stumbled upon a dusty old book. It was an adventure novel. Although I had never really read a book from start to finish, I decided to give it a try. I remember sitting on the floor, completely immersed in the story, and before I knew it, hours had passed.

From that moment on, I was hooked. I started reading more and more, and I found myself lost in different worlds and characters. It was like each book was a fresh adventure, and I couldn’t wait to see where it would take me.

One of the first books that really captured my imagination was The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I remember being completely fascinated by the world of Middle-earth and the characters that inhabited it. The story of Bilbo Baggins and his journey to help the dwarves reclaim their treasure was so exciting that I couldn’t put the book down. I was so invested in the story that I started reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy as soon as I was done with The Hobbit.

Another book that had a profound impact on me was Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. This was the first book that really got me thinking about the world and the people in it. The story of Scout Finch and her father, Atticus, taught me a valuable lesson about justice, equality, and the importance of standing up for what is right. It was a touching book that made me reconsider my perspective on my surroundings.

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As I continued to read more, I discovered that books could take me on adventures, teach me about different cultures and times, and help me better understand myself and the world around me. I was no longer content to just play outside; I wanted to read about the world and all its wonders.

Years have passed since that summer, but my love for reading has only grown stronger. Whether it is a timeless classic or a contemporary bestseller, I always have a book with me. I love nothing more than losing myself in a good story.

Falling in love with reading can happen at any age, and it only takes one book to ignite a lifelong passion for literature. For me, that book was an adventure novel found in my grandparent’s attic, but for others, it may be a memoir, a romance novel, or a fantasy epic. The important thing is to find a book – or rather, the book – that speaks to you and allows you to explore the world like you never before have. For me, The Hobbit and To Kill a Mockingbird were just two of the many books that helped me fall in love with reading and continue to inspire me to this day.


Aside from an avid reader, Udit Kumar is also a passionate traveler. Check out his blog here to learn more about his travel memoirs.

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