Is Reading Books Cool These Days?

ID-100175009 “Hey, are you coming with us to hill station this weekend?” asked Kunal to Abhinav.

“Sorry, dude! I can’t,” replied Abhi.

“Basant, Varun & Chinmay are also coming. And why always no? Before this, we asked you for party, tournaments, movies, I’ve never heard you saying yes.”

“So? I can’t come, I said no. I am not stopping you from going or I never stopped you before from doing anything.”

“Then what will you do instead?” “I will read Paulo Coelho’s Manuscript Found In Accra.” “Ohh, please!! Are you serious right now?”

“Yeah, I read reviews & that really interested me to read the wisdom shared by author.”

“You will do some boring reading at the expense of fun? C’mon!! We will take photos, do trash talking & all the messy things. It will be fun.”

“I know. But no.”

“This reading stuff is for senior citizens, not for youngsters. When you will retire, spend all your time in reading. Not at this age when you are mean’t to enjoy. Who reads books at this age?”

“Enjoyment does not only mean partying, movies, or travelling. I enjoy reading books more than these things. I am not saying you are wasting your time, but for me, being with books is more enjoyable.”

“You are such a nerd.”

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“And this nerd motivates you when you score less marks than you thought, understands you when your anger explodes in the heat of moment, clears your mind when you are confused, helps in your projects when you see no possibility. From where this knowledge comes? From where I can share the insights? These books are the source. I can also call you a nerd who is obsessed only with an enjoyment in youth, not thinking about shaping future.”

“I’m not a nerd. And stop your lecture, you started sounding like my father.”

“You can articulate your floating thoughts into right words. Treat them as friends & they will you give you more reasons to become friends forever.”

“But who reads books now-a-days. Books stalls had been closed due to lack of interest of people in books these days due to technology.”

“Yes, you are right. But the thing is, medium of reading is changed from printed books to ebooks; readership is not reduced. With the evolution of smartphones & technology, people are reading more on their gadgets. They are still fascinated by the facts about writers like from where the wisdom comes, where can they meet writers, what are the points to discuss when they will meet authors. They still discuss about books with friends & get inspired, motivated or lost in discussion about characters of novel. They aspire to become a writer by looking at them.”

“Really? I think they are busy in playing games on their smartphones. Writers themselves do not pursue career as a full time writer, because ebooks are easily available than printed ones.”

“True. But that doesn’t change the fact that reading is old-fashioned. Even Bill Gates said, ‘I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.’ Books provide food for thoughts, thoughts provide food to action and actions shape our lives.”

“Don’t you think games on smartphones or PC is more fun & cooler than reading? That’s why kids prefer gaming over reading fairy-tales. They hardly read other books, except the academic ones.”

“They are engulfed in games & apps rather than fairy-tales, I think they consider games as fairy-tales where they discover new adventures every time they complete a level & more enthusiastic about completing next, like adventures described in novel or fairy-tales by authors which interests them. And that’s a nerd thing also.”

“Are you kidding?”

“Not at all. I agree technology impacted up to some extent, but books are irreplaceable. Games are not knowledge givers, but provides impetus to brain. So for kids, It is pretty good, but when they will grow up, they need to understand the importance of books.”

“Yes, it sounds right. But what about compromising enjoyment from travelling, partying or entertainment from movies?”

“I’m not saying I’ll never come with you for these activities, but that books really excited me. So no for this time. I also like doing those things.”

“Manipulative dialogues. From which book is this coming?”

Both laughed.

The crazy fact is, coolness applies to reclusive reader & socially capable party animals too.

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This Post is a part of  IndiSpire – Edition 20

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Take Me On The Journey

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“According to you, which is the most beautiful place in the world?” asked my friend Fred.

“Why do you want to know?” I replied.

“Just asked!”

“According to me, the journey on which any book is taking me is the most beautiful place. Give me any book & take everything else from me, I don’t have any problem.”

“Hmm? What are you talking about?”

“Yes, if there is any place where peace is guaranteed, it is a book. whenever I read any book I feel a peace of mind, like I don’t want anything, but book.”

“Dude, seriously?”

“Yeah. It is not like I don’t like to visit beautiful places, but this is the best place where I can live forever. I don’t care where the writer is taking me, but living in that world is beautiful.”

“Ohkk.”

“The crazy fact is, the wisdom shared in the books is capable of taking us to the places & heights where we can never imagine we would reach.”

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Thrill in Books

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“Hey, Rohan! Let’s go to Club Pacific. I called everyone from our group. Let’s hang out, get high, dance on the beats of Italian duo. You coming, right?” said Sid, on the phone.

“No, I’m busy reading ‘Deception Point’ by Dan Brown. It’s so exciting. He’s going to reveal a villain in next few chapters,” replied Rohan.

“Come na! Alisha is also coming.”

“Nope!”

“You are so boring. You always say no!”

“The crazy fact is, the thrill in these books is a way better than thrill of getting high, out of our mind & dancing and puking all around. See, how interesting you are!!”

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This post is part of  FRIDAY FICTIONEERS.

And HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY!

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