Pleasure of Reading

The article explains the advantages of reading and the reasons people should read. Learn some tips to develop reading habit in your child.

According to Francis Bacon, "Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man, and writing an exact man". There is no doubt that reading has many advantages. By reading only a person can become a complete man, because by reading he acquires knowledge and wisdom. Books widen our outlook and place the treasure of knowledge before us. By reading good books we can also acquire noble virtues.

Reading of books is also great pleasure. It gives us peace of mind and satisfaction. It is also a great source of recreation. Of course, a person who has developed the hobby of reading only can enjoy all the benefits of reading. In reality, every person should develop the good habit of reading. When we feel tired and dull the books of great writes give us peace of mind and make us optimists. These books contain many valuable ideas which guide our life. Books also inspire us to work hard and achieve success in our life.

By reading books even our natural talents are also developed, because we get inspiration from these. Reading is an intellectual food for mind. Just as we need the food for our body to work properly, similarly we also require food for our mind and soul. Thus we see that there are many pleasures of reading. But these pleasures also depend upon the type of books which we read. Good and inspiring books can read us to a noble and successful career in life. On the other hand, bad books can adversely affect our tastes and lead us to our ruination in life.

Becon has rightly said that some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. Thus a good book has to be chewed and digested. Such a book may have a lifelong influence on the life of the reader. For example, reading of Gita, a religious book of Hindus, has a lifelong influence on the readers. It teaches many good moral principles to the reader. It also teaches a person the theory of 'Karma Yoga', which means that we should do our duty sincerely and should not bother about the fruit.

There is no doubt that different persons choose different books according to their tastes. But it is necessary that the young boys and girls should choose the books for reading very carefully. They should not waste their time in reading very sensational type of novels, because it has been noticed that the students of today only enjoy reading cheap romantic novels. They do not take any pleasure in reading serious type of books or their own text books. In reality they lose all the interest in their own studies and waste their time in reading useless books.

The fact is that there is no body to guide the students as to what they should study. The students should study the newspapers and popular magazines. These increase their general knowledge and acquaint them with current national and international events. They should also read the biographies of great men like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose etc. By reading the life stories of great men they will be inspired to follow in their foot steps.

Of course, reading for pleasure is quite different from reading under compulsion. When we read something under compulsion, definitely our joy is killed. On the other hand, we can enjoy a lot when we read just for the sake of pleasure. But we must make an intelligent selection of books which we want to read. We must separate the chaff from the grain if we want to enhance our pleasure of reading.

The habit of reading should be developed in the children from the very beginning. Thus, when the children grow up, they can learn a lot and increase their knowledge. But the young boys and girls should not read bad books which only pollute their minds. Of course, books are the best companions of the youth, these can save them from falling in bad company.


Author: Hafeezur Rahman P24 Jun 2009 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Hi Santosh,

To gain knowledge one has to read and understand, and to succeed one has to understand and implement it in his/her life, so, root is reading and success is output. By reading above you stated one will like to read and understand. Very nice theory from you...Thanks

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