Life is nothing but a bunch of experiences. Individually they aren’t much, but when viewed together as a whole, they acquire a completely new definition. How several events lead up to one, and how one event leads to several others, is in itself something worth sharing. When a twist of imagination is added to these events and then they’re put down on paper, they take the form of books, the oldest, but till date, the best source of entertainment.
Books have been enthralling us for ages, taking us to other places, times and galaxies, deep within the earth, and inside our own hearts and souls too. All of this, sitting in one place, not even moving except for turning the pages. That is the power of books.
Not only are they a gatewy to other worlds, they are also a bridge between a reader and a writer. Some writers are considered better than others because they are more successful in building this bridge with their words than others. When this bridge reaches our hearts, we say the book is touching.
One good thing about books is that the writer does not have supreme control over the content; it depends a great deal on the reader too. While writing books, most authors keep the taste of the readers in mind. And in the end it is upon the reader how he interprets the books. It is not always just about the author’s experiences and imagination, it is also about the reader’s experiences and imagination, how he relates the story to himself and what he takes away from the book.
The evolution of many new means of entertainment has not in any way lessened the charm of books. In fact, the culture of book reading has flourished with time. The development of electronic media has provided a new platform to books? e-books have emerged, most of which can be downloaded for free and read on the go.
Last, but certainly not the least, books are a great source of knowledge and information. Anything a man may possibly need to know is available in books in great detail. This even ensures that one is mentally fit and active.
So it is right to say that books are like a boon to mankind. Reading them provides not only exercise to the mind, but also a much- needed break from the worries of daily life. Reading books provides satisfaction to the soul, which is why it has been said that “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… but hte man who doesn’t read lives only one.”