Have you been tagged as a bookworm when you were a child? Did you venture a reading spree under the blanket with the help of a torch? Did the libraries seem inadequate for your hunger for books? If yes, then this book will excite you. The book witnesses the childhood reading adventures of authors and personalities whom you looked up to.
Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam shares his experience with S.T.R Manickam who helped the reader blossom in his heart. He shares some suggestions to develop a reading environment. We can also get to see the selection of books our former president cherished as a child. Subhadra Sen Gupta shares a quirky anecdote of his surreptitious reading venture with the help of his Didima and Thakuma. Sudha Murthy tells us about the inspiration that ended up in donating books for ten thousand libraries.A poem "I'd rather read" by Jerry Pinto is the highlight of the book. Anita Nair's relation with Ballantyne's Coral Island is lucid and enchanting. Rupp Rai tells us about her obsession for Enid Blyton and an explanation about the sexist, racist,elitist criticism faced by the authoress. Jadh Sen shares the reading experiences of books which enlightened him at each age. Ruskin Bond, Andaleeb Wajid, Tanu Sree Singh, Nilanjana Roy, Satyajith Ray and Deepa Agarwal also shares their journey of books.
The book tells us not to be flustered if someone calls you bookish since the book gives numerous examples of writers who lived, breathed and dreamt books. The book will be a huge inspiration in reviving the dying habit of reading. But Ruskin Bond says that reading habit is not dying. It was always a rare habit even during the times when there were lesser distractions.
If you have a childhood full of books, don't fail to grab a copy. If you want to be an avid reader, don't fail to grab a copy. If you are an avid reader, don't fail to grab a copy.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I waas not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.