Uday’s reading journey began from very early on. Since I still feel very new to the whole parenting journey, I do feel that I will not or am not the parent to “stress” too much on a particular hobby but I DO want Uday to be excited by the smell of the books and I definitely want him to be marvelled by the many many layers that are hidden in words.
Soak up everything while reading!
I don’t obsess about anything in particular, but I DO get absorbed by the beauty of some sentences that I come across, scrolled on random pages of books. Imagine me a sponge soaking in water, until it can hold no more and VOILA!! You enter this overwhelming world of emotions.
Oh! Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy!! WHY don’t you marry already and your eyes seem to want to race against the pages and the words to get to the part where they actually do. Or when you cry the whole bus journey to Jaipur, because thank you “No Greater Love, Daniel Steele“. Even when Patti Smith moves you beyond imagination and you feel yourself living like just kids. Oh! the softness of those words and the honesty of it all. I get goosebumps just by thinking about it.
Books take you places
Looking back to when Enid Blyton made the golliwogs, magic forests, the faraway tree, exciting picnics, living on islands real and even now, when you’re all “grown up”, a part of you still wants to wrap your arms around the secret-whispering trees. A part of you still hears the “wisha wisha wisha”. In the very wise words of Dr. Seuss, and I don’t think I can sum it up any better, “Oh! The Places you’ll go!”
Books set you free…
Of course there are people, who are managing their lives just fine, without reading but you don’t know what you miss until you miss it.
And even on some days, when everything seems so wrong, I know that I am completely free. I am free to love, to hate, to leave the negativity that is engulfing me, behind.
And you know how I know that I am free…..because a character was being tied, tortured, beaten up and covered in blood but in that moment he still felt free, to hate his tormentors or to forgive them. With that freedom of choice, he chose his own life story. A few lines made me believe and I carry those lines with me.
I just want Uday to be able to experience the magic of books in his own way.
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