Monday, April 21, 2014

Read. Repeat.

What do I tell you about reading that hasn't always been said? It's one of the most beautiful feelings there is to connect with a certain book, to feel like someone out there cares to write a story to you. Someone who put their heart out just so you'd like what they have to say. It;s a lot of hardwork to get word after word and string a sentence that captivates your imagination.

But you know what is all the more wonderful? A book that you can read and re read again. It's the books you have a copy around you. It's the books that make you comeback to them. It's the comfort of a friend who you look at when everything around you stopped making sense.

I have a hit list of books I get back to whenever I can't read anything else. My top picks are

Harry Potter (Each of the 7 books on an average of 5 times)
Tuesdays with Morrie (at least 6 times)
Sherlock Holmes (every year for the last 7 years. Exactly around my final exams)
Asterix -The comic (About 30 odd comic books I've lost count of)


I've no idea why or how these books bring a semblance of normalcy in my life. But I trust myself with these books to restore a state of balance. I have a simple theory to this, one that I think works so I'll propose it. Each of these books I read at a time when I needed it. I've always maintained that 'Books happen to people', we're in no control of what we read.These books remind me of that time. I don;t have to stress on the importance of a happy trigger. These books are like time travel. Harry Potter is school, holidays, keeping up late night. It's a million shades of books love. It's about the time that I realised I was an only kid but I didn't have it bad. With Harry I found my childhood, with Sherlock my curiosity, with Asterix my humour and Morrie a rather different opinion about life itself. Whenever I feel like I'm lacking anyone of these elements in my life, I replenish them by reading the old books. Again.


If you're not going to read a book again, it was never meant for you in the first place.
 

10 comments:

  1. Well said--about reading them again. I feel like my favorite books are like old friends. I LOVE Tuesdays With Morrie--great choice. Coming into the home stretch of A to Z! Well done!

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    1. it was wonderful! :) The best book!

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  2. There are so many books in the world, and so little time - so a book is awfully special when I will take the time to read it again! I have a few favourites like that, that I return to again and again throughout the years.

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  3. "It's a lot of hardwork to get word after word and string a sentence that captivates your imagination." You can say that again.

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  4. Spot on!
    But found only 4 in your top 5 picks

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    1. Hey, thanks for pointing it out. I wanted to add another book. It's the Bell Jar by Plath, but quite depressing. So left it out. And didn't correct my post after!

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    2. not that i wanted to point it out. but wanted to know the 5th pick. because "you said it", asterix, tintin are the most i revert back to.

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    3. R K Laxman is a genius and Tin Tin is clearly amazing.

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