• By: Nisar Ahmad Wani
Food is necessary for our body to build strength and gives much power to our body . similarly we also need food for our mind .The best food for the mind is the reading of books. It gives much power to our mind ,it increases our thinking ability ,and a person can think positive rather than negative thoughts. It has joy of its own which perhaps nothing else can match, the pleasure one derives from reading is recreational as well as ennobling . Reading gives us peculiar joy and while we are doing it we forget the sorrows and worries of life .books provide a pleasant company to us.
Reading is of different kinds, first there is a light reading, which means reading of newspaper , journals, mazagines, pamphlets, book lets etc newspaper is storehouse of information about current events , through them we come to know about all important things that are happening in every part of the world. In this modern age, the technology has made our life so easy that we can read all neswpapers , mazagines etc. On our smartphone . technology had made our life easy and comfortable but on the other way it makes our life miserable , because it directly affects on our health. And also it does not give so much taste which we get on hard copy.the modern age is such that we can ill afford to miss at least this type of light reading, this has become an enjoyable necessity.
Then there are books for serious reading .they include works of literature , history , philosophy, which may be called books of all times .they are to be weighed and considered, they make us wise subtle and deep .
Now we come to the most important question Viz how to read books? Bacon has said ,some books are to be tasted , others are to be swallowed ,and some few to be chewed and digested to treat and study a book as textbook has the sense of compulsion may be useful but it kills all pleasing interest. The need for having a temporary love books can be appreciated but real lover of books all the time enjoys the company of the books of all times.
We should be very careful. The choice of books, if bad books come into the hands of the young ,their minds are infected with their evil influences .they corrupt the morals of readers at their young age when their minds are impressionable many promising youth have been ruined because of their taste for bad books . Good books on the other hand ,are purifying ,they enlarge and enrich the mind and mould our character . Good books are wise and lovable companies of serious and discreet readers. Good books are life changing ,they impetus towards reading more and more books. Therefore ,it is advisable for youth to seek the company of good books to learn wisdom. It is in the company of books such as these that a good reader feels comfortable .
The habit of reading is a sign of culture .it is great source of enjoyment and best means of utilizing leisure . books are treasure for more precious than all the materials wealth of the world .They are gold mines of art , literature , science and information.They are our constant companions and best friends forever .Bacon says ,to spend too much time in studies is sloth ,to use them too much for ornament is effectation to make judgement wholly by their rules ,is the humour of a scholar.we would better not too much engross ourselves in reading .
So at last I advise all readers to read newspaper and good books which are important for our life.
Author studies at Aligarh Muslim university. He can be reached