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Into the world of words

brunch Updated: Feb 02, 2013 18:58 IST
Neha Karnani
Neha Karnani
Hindustan Times
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If you are a bookworm, you can’t help but let everyone know about it.

TOPIC: Reading a book before hitting the sack is a proven stress buster

Ask an avid reader about his favourite book or reading as a hobby and he could talk nonstop about it. In fact, there is a high probability that you’ll take to reading too if you are not a book lover. That’s the magic of reading, the fascination which takes you to another world altogether.

Books get rid of our space and time constraints. You could travel around the world while reading Eat Pray Love. Imagine yourself in a swanky apartment in upscale Manhattan through One Fifth Avenue. All these feelings are experienced right in the comfort of your favourite reading spot in the house.

Nonetheless, with the continuing development of technology, which has marked the advent of Kindle and iPad, one can now flip pages with a mere tap of a finger. Wireless networking in such devices allows a user to browse through a large collection of titles (some of which are free, some charge a price), make a choice and download the book.

Owning an e-book reader might be considered a status symbol, but give a book lover a paperback of The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell along with a Kindle that has the same book, and he would undeniably choose the REAL book. He may even provide you with some reasons for his choice:

Reading a book before hitting the sack is a proven stress buster. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, reading on an iPad prior to sleeping affects sleeping habits owing to the LCD display.

A hardcover is light and sits comfortably on your lap. There is nothing to worry about even if you doze off while holding it as it will never break or need repairs. You don’t even need to charge a book as opposed to a Kindle.

People wonder what to do while travelling home from work by train. The majority end up talking to their friends on WhatsApp, BBM or make calls, etc. For a booklover, this is the best time of the day as he gets 30-60 minutes of precious time to read. And the constant chattering around doesn’t affect him one bit, as his penchant for reading transports him to a different world, unaware of the noise around him.

If books give us an amazing chance to envisage varied locales, they also inspire us in several ways. Whether it’s a professional at senior management level or a fresher who’s just stepped into the corporate world, both would obtain valuable lessons by reading a biography of JRD Tata or The Steve Jobs Way. That’s the power of books and the reason we love them so much.

Love for books also signifies immense respect for authors. I know of a close friend who nearly missed his flight because one of his favourite writers, Ramachandra Guha, a noted historian and famous author, was in Mumbai for an event. He was keen to get his copy autographed at any cost. I am quite sure that he’s not going to lend this book to anybody now.

However, there’s one important factor for which we should thank technology: online book retailers. So log on and order your book. P.S. I just finished reading Chocolate Guitar Momos by Kenny Deori Basumatary and I think it’s a nice, quick, hilarious read.

Know the Writer
Neha, 27
Occupation: When not reading and writing, I absolutely love to drive to highway dhabas, sit on khatiyas and enjoy a desi meal with my best friends
Your favourite cover story? The November 25 issue, where you had the bucket list of things to do
What do you like about us? Brunch is not boring, it gives easy suggestions like the Go Slow cover story
When do you read Brunch? Sunday nights, in bed, post dinner

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