IT’s HIGH TIME TO READ!

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body,” says Joseph Addison.

I realized it has been a while since I have read a book until I came across the above statement upon reading an article recently…

Earlier, my everyday commutation to the office and back home was consumed in reading a book… Even after reaching home, I used to read at least pages of the book before ending the day…

Many times, I used to be awake the whole night like a night-owl to complete a book!!! Those reading days were really the best…

Moreover, while travelling for either leisure or work purpose, my all-time favorite travel companion was a book… I have never travelled without a book… During travelling, I love reading a book over a cup of coffee…

But lately, my all-time excuse for not reading a book is – ‘not finding enough time’… Many people out there presently reading this, would relate with me…

I have had read books in school days especially during the library period but reading became my passion much later in my life… 

We were a group of 6-7 girls in our graduation days and all were bookworms except me… Being amongst them infused the habit of reading in me… Our favorite hangout place was our college library… And during weekends, we used to sit and exchange our learnings about the books amongst each other… This prompted me to read more…

Then began my reading journey…. I started to religiously read newspaper alongside a dictionary to better understand the articles, especially the Economic Times… Though at times it was difficult to read and understand the articles, I did not give up knowing the fact that it takes 21 days to develop a habit… Later, it became my everyday routine to read… And that’s how I developed a reading habit and in no time, it became one of my passions…

My passion turned into a small library at home:

I am writing this blog mainly to highlight a few of the benefits that I have gained from reading and trying to reinforce the same again within me…

Reading is a sort of exercise to our mind just the way physical exercise is to our body… It helps to keep our brain active and functional… 

Personally, I prefer reading mystery or thriller-based novels, but I haven’t restricted myself to one genre… Reading various genres helped me increase my knowledge pool and offered me a wider perspective… I have read almost all genres of books – Mystery, Thriller, Romantic, Self-Help, Mythology, etc…

Assimilating the information provided by the book within the mind such as the plot of the book, its characters, etc are challenging but over the course of time, it helps the mind to retain all the information… This helps increase the memory power and conjointly increases the power of the imagination…

Reading self-help content motivated as well inspired me to imbibe its learnings in my life… Self-help books like ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne, ‘I am Another You’ by Priya Kumar, ‘Who Moved my Cheese’ by Spencer Johnson, etc are intriguing and gave me that much needed extra edge in my life…

The best aspect of reading, as per me, is it being a stress buster… With its story, it transports me into a different world à a world of the characters detailed in the book, their life, their struggles, etc… I find myself engrossed in the characters and in no time, I realized that though for few minutes or hours of reading, it helped me keep my stress at bay and gave me the much-needed break… Everyone reading this currently must have experienced this at some point of time…

Till date, reading has been one of my stressbusters… If ever I have found myself perturbed by any reason, I simply pick up a book to read it alongside a mug of coffee… And allow the book to divert me… Believe me, it works wonders!!! 

Reading can be in any form – articles, blogs, magazines, newspapers, etc and can be for fun, pleasure, education, understanding, etc… Regardless of what it’s for, reading is good for the mind… It increases knowledge, improves the intellectuality, motivates and helps alleviate stress levels…

So, people out there go & grab a book of the genre that interests you, create an ambience at home to comfortably sit, relax & read, get rid of the distracting things, and begin reading over a cup of coffee/tea…  

Happy Reading to all of you!

Published by bathulagirl

Pooja Bathula is born and bred in Mumbai... Works as an International Business Manager in a Pharmaceutical company which keeps her on her toes always but that doesn’t deter her from following her passion for reading, writing, travelling & shopping... Her friends describe her as an engaging story-teller!!!

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