Food is necessary for our body. Similarly, we also need
food for our mind. The best food for the mind is the reading
of books. It has a joy of its own, which perhaps nothing else
can give the pleasure one derives from reading is procreative
as well as ennobling. Reading gives us peculiar joy and we
Reading is of different kinds. First, there is light reading,
which means the reading of newspapers, periodicals, journals
etc. newspapers and journals are storehouses of information
about current events;. Through them we come to kn9w about
all that is happening in every part of the world. The modern
age is such that we can ill afford to miss at least this type
of light reading. We will be like a frog in a well without
and informative, cannot be ignored.
Now we come to the books on travel and adventure.
Man wants to escape from the dull realities of everyday life.
The spirit of adventure is in the very blood of man. Books
of travel and adventure infuse into us the same spirit of
adventure and fearlessness as. was displayed by the travelers
themselves. The reading of novels is a pleasant pastime and
nothing is more entertaining than to spend some time reading
a novel in the afternoon or in a train. The reader forgets his
own personality and existence for some time and totally
identifies with the characters o( the book. This identification,
through unconscious, is a source of endless pleasure to him.
Then there are books for serious reading. They include .
works of literature, history, culture, philosophy and many be
called books for all times and ages. Such books are indented
for the sober and thoughtful minds. A student of literature
comes in contact with the master minds of all ages and finds
a good deal of food for his thought. They give him an insight
into the spiritual values of life. He can thus make his life
noble and sublime. His outlook is widened and the field of
human sympathy broadened.
Now we come to the most important question, viz. how
to read books? Beacon has said, "some books are to be
tasted, others are to be swallowed and some few to be
chewed and digested." To treat a book as a text book has
the sense of compulsion. This compulsion many be useful.
but it kills all interest. Nobody can appreciate such a
temporary love of books. A real lover of books enjoys their
company all the time.
We should be very careful in the choice of books. If bad
books come into the hands of the young, their minds are
infected with their evil influence. Many promising youths have
on the other hand, are purifying. They enlarge and enrich our
minds and mold our character. Therefore, it is necessary
that the youth should seek advice from those who are
competent to give it.
The habit of reading is a sign of culture. It is a great
source of enjoyment and the best means of utilizing leisure.
Books are a treasure richer than the treasure of any king.
They are the gold mines of art, literature. science and
information. They are our constant companions.