“Best things happen when you are idle !! “
Believe me on this.It all started after I finished my MBA. There was some break before joining my new job , so it was time with family at home.It was dramatic transformation from hectic days of Powerpoint, numbers game on excel, case studies, late night studies, never-ending exams and post exam parties to ……long hours of sleep.. add some more sleep accompanied with food and episodes of Game of Thrones, Suits, Sherlock, sprinkled with movies. Basically i started feeling like Panda !! Aaram hi mera kaam ban gya tha.. Afterall you need to keep doing something to satiate your notorious mind !
Initially it felt awesome then monotony started setting in. Eventually, I was bored to hell .One fine day, one my friends,Pidds, as i fondly call her, came up with an idea of trying out reading novels. Pidds, petite and a bibliophile is a hard-core Harry Potter fan and has tried her hand at various genres and your first impression of her would be that of a cute, little bookworm(remember Novel k Pujari ) but be aware !! She would not like you calling her as cute little kid and you might end up getting a mukka (Punch) !
Till that time i had hardly read two or three novels and i must confess, i wasn’t ready to accept pidd’s idea of reading some voluminous stories but reluctantly agreed to try this activity as well but on one condition : She would only suggest those novels which have fiction as their genre and would have max 300 pages to read !!
She agreed and after a little pause suggested Jeffrey Archer’s Not a Penny More, Not a Penny less. A coincidence as you might call it, it happened to be Jeffrey’s first novel as author and mine as reader (C’mon reading two-three novels five years back doesn’t counts :P).
The book is based on near bankruptcy experience of four men after a wicked businessman nearly duped them of their hard-earned money and their subsequent fight back to get back what’s rightfully belongs to them. I enjoyed reading it and finished it a flat three days. Then came Sidney Sheldon’s If Tomorrow comes.Again a wonderful crime fiction and a perfect motley of emotions, violence, vengeance, grit and satisfaction.
What started as a time pass activity is now taking a shape of addiction, i even removed my condition of 300 pager to allow pidds to come out with more options. What followed was Jeffrey Archer’s A Prisoner of Birth, Shall we Tell the president, Agatha Christie’s The mysterious affair at styles, Nicholas spark’s A Walk to Remember, Robin Sharma’s A Monk who sold his Ferrari, Dan Brown’s The Deception Point, The Da Vinci code ,Angels and Demons.And some more which I can’t recall right now.
This transformation from a person who used to laugh at the very idea of spending time reading a book to one who is almost spending 1-2 hours reading daily even with a torturous job is dramatic for me. This experience has taught me one thing: the power of human imagination and creation. All the author’s mentioned above and many more possess some terrific amount of creativity and conviction to express that creativity in words. The whole process of conceiving an idea, build upon it with your creativity and finally give it the final shape in form of words exactly the way you had imagined, scares me because if you ask me, I will not be able to do it. For me a good author is no less than a skillful illusionist because he believes and makes his readers believe in a plot which nobody can imagine.
And as a reader once you start reading a book, you are totally lost in some parallel universe, as if shadowing the protagonist and always trying to anticipate what’s coming next and how it all might end.
Phew, it is difficult to express this feeling of amazement in precise words. I believe most of you have read many more novels that i have and would probably share my opinion on this.
Meanwhile, I still pester pidds to refer me some good novel, discuss with her the plot after i read the novel fully( we had a detailed discussion after i finished Da Vinci code), I might even become Novel ka Pujari some day but still no harry potter for me ! Sorry pidds, i wont read this one :p
Hope you liked the article and might have felt the same when you started reading, if you haven’t, Its worth a try,trust me on this !!
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Happy Reading 🙂