It is very correct that modern gadgets like mobile, kindle and laptop have effectively taken place of book reading but still reading a book leisurely after a siesta in the afternoon with a cup of hot tea or coffee has its own charm. Frankly speaking, I am fascinated by the books same as I used to in my school or college days. I have also got a good collection of books and in spite of difficulties of transporting them during my service time from one place to other, I still hold them as my big possession.
I was fortunate enough that during my school and college days I was in a town where a Govt district library was available and it had a large collection of books on various subjects in English and Hindi. Surprisingly works of foreign writers in English, as well as Hindi translations of a few of them, were also available and that was my beginning of the journey in the world of literature and fiction. Finally, I was warned by my family and teachers to control my reading obsession and be attentive to my studies.
Somehow I continued my journey along with other responsibilities and but the habit remained for a period of about 15-20 years after which it diminished down to moderate levels and still continuing.
Today whatever I am able to express in words is all due to a small part of that enormous intake of black and white swallowed by me, as I feel that the word 'swallowed' only can describe that fast bulldozing in the mind, and I feel nice about it. The knowledge in the books around us is like an ocean, you can bath in it and feel fresh but can not take it with you.
Knowledge is power.