When did I start reading? Hmm… Well, surely I must have been a small kid with the curiosity of childhood. Nevertheless, I remember when I bought my first book. I was in third standard then. I remember the incident clearly. There was a book fair for a week in my school (my school always had them) and we use to get a leaflet containing the name a brief description and the pricing of the book. I showed that leaflet to my father after the dinner and I think he agreed and gave me money. Next day came early, and I was blooming with the excitement. I remember the book, it is still there on my shelf. Though, I don’t remember finishing it.
I have been keeping a record of the books and their authors I have read since my school days. They are numbered as I read them. The number is a secret, I would share that someday if I reach the milestone of 500 or maybe 1000.
I quite clearly remember the first book I read. It was a classic, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and I must have been in my seventh standard. That is the only Stevenson’s book I have read till date. I remember glancing over shelves of my school library to explore more and more innovative and fresh new worlds. The dust, the smell of old paper, the colorful covers and the hardbound covers. At one time, I did explore some books in my library which were not issued to anyone in last eight years. Even my librarian did not know about them.
Since then, I have been an avid reader. I don’t stick or read only one genre, as I love to try and read different genres. But I do have my favorites one. People always complain that they don’t get time to read but they do want to read. Well there is an advice for them, you will never get time to read till you seek it. Make reading a part of your day to day activities, like those you do daily and never forget them to do. It will help you. I have been reading and keeping it in my list of day to day activities from the past six years.
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” — Jorge Luis Borges
So my friends, which was your first book?