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Bookworms shall inherit the Earth

chandigarh Updated: Jan 11, 2014 10:19 IST
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It all started in 2005 when I first read "Jack and the Beanstalk" and then children's magazines such as Champak and Bal Bharti.

It seemed useless then but now when I realise that no one from my class has read "Treasure Island" or "Peter Pan" or "The Black Beauty", I feel both proud and sad. I pity the man (or woman) who has never read a book. A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies but a man who never reads lives only one.

Nowadays, a lot of books are adapted for the screen, though it is difficult to compress 400 pages of great literature into a two-hour film. When I say "I wish they turned this book into a movie", what I mean really is "I wish they changed it into a 17-hour-long spectacle that included every single solitary detail, didn't deviate from the original storyline, and had perfect casting, too".

A perfect example is the BBC's adaptation of "Sherlock" (Holmes), greatest-ever fictional detective, brainchild of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Television series such as "Game of Thrones", based on "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels by George RR Martin, are thrilling, and last year I watched an awesome adaptation of the "Catching Fire" science fiction adventure novel by Suzanne Collins.

To people getting kindles to read: I am not against the e-version but nothing can replace the fragrance of a new paper book (yeah. I sniff them, I am weird like that!). Order them online. Bookworms will rule the world, as soon as we finish one more chapter.

I had my non-fiction phase in Class 9, where I read many self-help books. "Chicken Soup", "You Can Win", "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari", and "Dale Carnegie" were my salvation. This year, I plan to read the best teen fiction before I cross 18 and lose my right to enjoy it.

Being a nerd fighter, I started with the "Fault in Our Stars" by John Green, also because it was mentioned in HT's top-10 fiction.

There's also the abundance of Katherines by the coolest author of all times (John Green, of course), which I plan to read after the March examinations. Read "Thirteen Reasons Why" (Jay Asher), and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (Stephen Chbosky), in which Charlie's English teacher assigns him various amazing books ("The Catcher in the Rye", "To Kill a Mockingbird", "The Great Gatsby") to read.

My favourite part is where Charlie quotes from "The Fountainhead" (Ayn Rand) a conversation between friends: "I can die for you but I can't live for you." It leaves me in awe every time I reflect upon it.

Better to have your nose in a book than in someone else's business. To quote Dr Seuss:
"Fill your house with stacks of books,

In all the crannies and all the nooks.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go."