Touched by creative mind and love for books
Unusual passion for knowledge
My elder brother was a voracious reader and consequently had tremendous knowledge about any subject. In his school days he would literally devour books, periodicals of the district library which fortunately for us was located right in front of our house in Jalpaiguri, a district town in North Bengal. After enjoying the works of great authors he was always in search of new talented writers and he would finish reading whenever he laid his hands on any book.
His interest for more and more subjects continued and the passion was so irresistible that the librarian had to plead inability to cope with his ever increasing demand for books with my father, a scholar and principal of the local college. Such unusual love for literature lingered and even after retirement he would love to go through any books or magazines to slake his ever increasing thirst for knowledge. He used to sweep through the entire catalogue of a book until it was time to proceed to the next author. For sixty four years that he lived I have not seen him dozing off in the day or at night without a book resting on his chest!
Although reading is a great practice to improve one’s writing he was not very keen on writing though he had to delve into such practice for the sake of a vernacular newspaper where he would write erudite articles for its sports section. But the process did not last long perhaps as he did not possess that much urge for putting on paper his enviable wealth of knowledge. Further professionally an engineer he had other pursuits like travelling, photography, watching games and cinema and what not which took most of his productive time. After retirement his illness could not dim his love for knowledge as he remained immersed in newspapers and literary works. He would often rue the late advent of internet and other technological innovations. With his profound knowledge and easy charm he could effortlessly engage young and old alike. I can easily bet that if he had the needed tenacity to write regularly brushing aside other hobbies to the back seats he could have been an established writer on any subject on earth.
Totally engrossed in reading from early age
On the contrary I have never read much in comparison and this I very well understand after joining Hubpages and delving into the art of writing. Although reading a lot does not necessarily make one a good writer but it does mould a writer to become a much better writer. And unless one has the inclination for the art one cannot be forcefully made a writer since the urge comes from within and like my brother one may find extreme satisfaction in acquiring knowledge and disseminating the same through verbal discussions in class rooms or with friends without having to spend time on writing which requires persistence and devotion as well.
Need For Inculcating Children With Good Reading Habits
Developing positive reading habits and attitudes are prerequisite for proper development of the life of any child. We can inculcate them with the good reading habits and skills by following some of the following tips:
A) Students should not be allowed to watch television before they finish reading books and daily newspapers. They should be encouraged to read in their own language. Reading skills are best developed in the mother tongue which later they can transfer into English.
B) Children should observe us reading regularly. What you read is not important but when a child observes us go through newspapers, periodicals it simply brings home the importance of reading. It can be done anywhere. How I have been successful in such an endeavour to educate a village boy has been well delineated in the hub for which the link is given below;
The great poet and Nobel laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore did not have any formal school education but that did not prevent him from becoming one of the greatest poets of all times.
C) Visit your public library often, and take advantage of the resources offered there. You can get a library card and borrow books, cds, and dvds from the library. Make sure your children accompany you.
D) As your child becomes a better reader, talk about what he/she is reading. When your child finishes a new story or reading assignment, discuss the main ideas, new words and concepts, and your child's favorite section. This will help strengthen your child's reading comprehension skills developing own sense of opinion and judgment.
Always looking for more and more books
Merit far outweighs demerits.
Although there are some demerits of reading too much the merit far outweighs its demerits.
I have often watched how some persons would spend their time reading good books or periodicals while at home or on a long train journey. While others would like to play cards or simply pass time gossiping they would be immersed in the works of famous writers for mental satisfaction and knowledge. I knew a few old timers who could read attentively while pursuing many other jobs at the same time without any mistake. A few very erudite persons could recount the whole story line by line after reading only once. Such was their reading skill, concentration and memory. But reading is not for all at least unless one has the reasonable inclination or grasping power. There are persons who find the habit tedious and avoidable and if they are forced to go through a book they might find it indigestible and consequently when asked about the author or important matters it would elicit wrong or ludicrous replies.
For writers reading is indispensable
Recently I had the rare privilege of watching the 80th birthday celebration of a very established writer. As the organizers were handing over different gifts to him he chose to give away most of them to his ardent followers and preferred instead to hastily occupy a seat and remained immersed in the works of junior writers.
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