Reading has been one of the popular hobbies from early time. Reading is a source of knowledge for some, while to others it provides pleasure. Some seek inspiration in it, at the same time it serves as a source of strength for a group of people. Reading stimulates the mind directly. Reading is to the mind is what food is to the body.
During reading our sense organs convey to the mind the feelings that arise from it. When such feelings are agreeable to mind, they serve as pleasure. They relieve us of our tension and boredom. They remove our worries and instill in us a renewed energy which immensely helps us in taking life with enthusiasm and vigour. Reading is possible only in the educational society. An uneducated society which does not have a script, can never think of the pleasures of reading. With the invention of the Brail script, reading for the blind became a realization and true blessing.
There are a lot of reading material for the discerning people which include stories, dramas, plays, poems, comedies, verses jokes, thrills, suspense, etc. the choice of reading material differs from person to person. Reading is an excellent form of recreation.
Reading provides pleasure of learning new things, new places, new persons. The accumulated knowledge of mankind is available in written and printed form. It is by reading that one can expose that vast hidden treasure of knowledge and experience and can benefit from it. Through reading one can learn many things. During an interview Lokmanya Tilak emphasized the importance of reading by saying that he was ready to reside even in hell if it could provide him with sufficient reading material and reading time. Reading grooms personality. It shapes character. The benefit of pleasure received from reading is immeasurable. The habit of reading should be encouraged right from the early childhood.
The modern era shows a declining interest in reading. The expansion of IT and growing TV culture revolutionized the interest and hobbies of people. They have opened up a whole new world, vivid, exciting and fascinating, before them. Prevailing social and political conditions are also responsible for this. However for men of good taste and purpose reading is always a rich source of immense pleasure.
Books provide good companionship, easily available, enlightened, dependable and lifelong. Reading dispels our thoughts of gloom and serves us as a source of comfort, hopefulness and patience. It brightens up darkness and adversity. Milton rightly said, ” A good book is precious life blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured upon purpose to a life beyond life.” Francis bacon asserted that “ Reading makes a full man…”
Despite myriad means of entertainment and recreation, books continue to enjoy a prominent position. Books have been great sources of knowledge from times immemorial. Though in the present says a shift to new interests and preferences are evident, reading enjoys a unique and distinctive status of its own in our society.