Hi! I’m Vaishnavi Patil and this is the story of how books made a difference to my life. I’d like to start by saying that I was not a bookworm. Well, far from it. My fling with books began when I got curious about our history, especially the history of our great king, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The name itself was enough to infuse me with an altogether new level of energy. The fact that I came from a Maharashtrian background and had grown up listening to stories of his valor helped, too.
During my vacation, my dad once brought me a fancy book collection. The covers looked so interesting that it didn’t take me long to start checking them out. The first book was Namdevrao Jadhav’s Ganimi Kava. This was before I stumbled upon even better works by him, Shivaji: The Management Guru, Ek Sanyashi, and Shivrai, among others.
I would later get the chance to read some other fascinating books like Right Here Right Now, which still remains one of my favorites, The Turning Point, and Accidentally in Love, all by Nikita Singh. I also had a good time reading mysteries like The Silent Patient and The Girl in the Glass Case.
Over the years, books have become my best friends. They have helped bring out the best in me while making me capable enough to turn every challenge in life into an opportunity. I feel books are a great stress buster. Whenever anything upsets me, I turn to a book without a second thought. While I have several means of entertainment, books continue to be my only solace, for it is in them that I find the much-needed peace of mind. I would like to summarize my relationship with books with a George R.R. Martin quote:
A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. That is why I read so much.
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