The statement that reading is a good habit is a self-obvious truth. Man is not a mere child of instincts. It is brainpower that makes a difference between him and animals. Naturally a love for books ought to be his natural inclination.
A teenager is basically a student and the period of his teens is the most formative period. Naturally if a taste for good books can be created in him it shall contribute substantially to his career.
In fact, this truth is apt to be taken up as a research subject. If we trace back the early life of those that have made a mark in life, we shall see that they have spent this period of their life most fruitfully. They may have been poor or may have been away from the seats of culture, yet they must have obtained access to the sources of knowledge during this period.
This period is largely spent in schools and partly in the college. It is also seen that in the schools, the syllabus suggests very useful books, whether it is framed by the NCERT, the Delhi Board or by the various state educational bodies. They cover a wide range of subjects from language, socio-political cultures, environmental learning, science, moral science and what not. If properly pursued the end-product ought to have been marvelous by now. But if we make a study like random sampling, it shall be evident that the net result is not very promising.
Have we ever bothered to enquire, why? The guardians spend liberally for their children. The public schools are multiplying every-day and still they do not lack students. The teenage boys and girls bend under the weight of their schoolbags. Still the result is depressing.
In fact, there is a lack of involvement of the teachers with their students. The irony seems to me to be an odd notion of education. The more in number or in variety of subject are the books the more shall be the achievement of the students. But I hold that the truth lies somewhere else.
The primary factor in our teaching culture ought to be how we can raise the curiosity of the students. We must remember that the curiosity to know, and hence to learn is a basic human impulse. Even a child that prattles picks up new things every-day and shows strange manifestation of his curiosity. How is it that this inherent bent becomes mute or numbed as he grows in age? After all, it is not so dismally true in the foreign countries.
To induce good reading habits, the reader must be made to feel that what is good in a book is really so. It is easier to improve one’s judgment because it is a question of reason or logic. But it is difficult and a painstaking affair to improve one’s taste, because it is a question of feeling. But merely saying that a good book is really good will not does. One has to involve the reader in healthy debates or discussions. The different aspects of ‘good reading’ have to be discussed freely with the students.
A taste for the reading good books once formed cannot be so easily dislodged. As such the culture of good reading habit calls for a kind of cooperation in which the authorities, the teachers as well as the parents, must be involved.
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Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. This amazing quote describes the importance of reading in just one line. But rather I would like to say, the joy of reading cannot be expressed in words. It’s something which can be understood only by experience. Reading a book, gives you a wonderful encounter with the new world created by the writer for you. A reader can extract the best benefits only when he/she falls in love with reading.
Reading is something which helps you in creation, understanding better, improving yourself, relaxation, judging, killing boredom and most important gives a meaning to your life.
Why reading books are important?
Reading books help you imagine many things which you wouldn’t have even thought of before. Creativity is something which I feel increases in me every time I read a new book. When you read something your mind starts creating a scenery of it in front of your eyes.
When you keep on reading new books with new information, you start learning and experiencing new things. And you start understanding better and much faster than before. You start seeing things in a new way, your point of view changes, in fact I can say improves.
Reading different books in itself is a journey. When you are a kid you start with story books, then educational, technical, management, spiritual and so on. Books help you turn your journey growing up into a journey where you start improving yourself and learning new things.
In our daily routine, everyone gets so tired. And when we get even a bit of relaxation we always prefer to give relaxation to our body. But we always forget even our mind needs rest. Reading is something which makes us forget all our stress and gives complete relaxation to our mind, just like Yoga.
Everyone in summers or vacations, complain about being bored especially children. We use that spare time in playing, roaming or using the latest technologies. Reading books is something which helps us not only to kill boredom but also to use our time productively rather than wasting it.
When we get a chance to read new books, we start differentiating between books. We start analyzing and categorizing them. We can easily understand which book is bad, good and the best. And then same happens with humans, it helps us to judge better.
When reading gives us so many qualities, it improves our entire life. It provides us new qualities and enhances the old ones. It helps to remove negativity from our life and also saves us from negative people. It just gives an entirely new and complete meaning to our life.
Books are always a store-house of memories. I feel they capture you memories much better than pictures, because you can feel exactly like the author when you read. One bad habit you should avoid while reading is never leave a book half-read. If you have never given reading a try then remember that it’s never too late to start a good habit.