Reading may be a compulsion for a school going child, pastime for a retired person, but a pleasure for many. You can discover simile on the face of novel- reader, a gleam in the eyes of the reader of a poem and furrow of seriousness on the forehead of a person reading a newspaper report. Reading disturbs mind and heart. Waves of thinking and emotion are generated by reading. So the pleasure is immediate and it continues to linger in the mind. Books can give company when human beings cannot. We can happily spend our lonely hours in the company of the author-tailored characters.
Man wants to escape from the dull realities of everyday life. The spirit of adventure is in the very blood of man. Books of travel and adventure infuse into us the same spirit of adventure and fearlessness as was displayed by the travelers themselves. The reading of novels is a pleasant pastime. The reader forgets his own personality and existence for some time and totally identifies with the characters of the book. This identification, through unconscious, is a source of endless pleasure to him. Then there are books for serious reading. They include works of literature, history, culture, philosophy and many be allied books for all times and ages. Such books are indented for the sober and thoughtful minds. A student of literature comes in contact with the master minds of all ages and finds a good deal of food for his thought. They give him an insight into the spiritual values of life. He can thus make his life noble and sublime. His outlook is widened and the field of human sympathy broadened.
We should be very careful in the choice of books. If bad books come into the hands of the young, their minds are infected with their evil influence. Many promising youths have been ruined because of the taste for bad books. Good books on the other hand, are purifying. They enlarge and enrich our minds and mold our character. Therefore, it is necessary that the youth should seek advice from those who are competent to give it.
The habit of reading is a sign of culture. It is a great source of enjoyment and the best means of utilizing leisure. Books are a treasure richer than the treasure of any king.
They are the gold mines of art, literature, science and information. They are our constant companions.