Pleasure of Reading
Pleasure of Reading :
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.
Reading lifts us up from the harsh realities of life into the world of imagination. The magic touch of fancy transmutes grief into joy, failure into success, pain into pleasure and fear into hope. Even an unhappy man sheds his unhappiness and realities no longer press hard.
Reading gives intellectual satisfaction. A detective novel satisfies the sense of curiosity, serious literature encourages intellectual activity, light literature amuses us and poetry stirs our imaginations. One can relive the past and create the future by reading. By reading books, we enrich our experience and sharpens our judgments. Experience, in its turn, makes us wiser and self-confident.
Books can give company when human beings cannot. We can happily spend our lonely hours in the company of the author-tailored characters. A train journey may be tiresome if we do not have a magazine or a newspaper by our side sleepless nights may not be spent without a mystery thriller.
Reading gives us varied pleasure. A sensuous poet may provide a rich feast for our senses, another may satisfy our aesthetic sense and another may give intellectual edificiaotn. Reading gives spiritual, intellectual and even sensuous pleasure.
Pleasures of Reading
Books as Friends
A book is always a source of pleasures. It is constant companion to man in weal or woe. It is a source of knowledge as well as entertainment. Books contain the best of the thoughts of their authors. Robert Southey, a well- known lover of books, wrote:
“My never-failing friends are they,
With whom I converse day by day.
With them I take delight in weal,
And seek relief in woe.”
Everybody wants recreation after hard work. It is a biological necessity. Books are a ‘great source of entertainment and recreation.’ They share the readers’ joys and sorrows. A lover of books comes back home a very relaxed man after a visit to the library. For him, the library is a temple of learning and a source of pleasures. With its excellent academic, peaceful and educative atmosphere, a library is a place of peace, quiet and serenity. J.B. Macaulay once said,” I would rather be a poor man in a place garret with plenty of books than a king who did not love reading.” Henry David Thoreau rightly remarked, “Books are the treasured wealth of the world, the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
Reading books can introduce a new charm in life. A book is the precious life blood of a master mind. Books bring us in contact with the greatest scholars of the past and the present. As we get into the spirit of a book our entire attitude is changed. Books share our joys and sorrows. When we are in a happy mood, we share our pleasures in the company of books. In our sadder moments, books act as our nurses or guardians and provide us with words of encouragement and consolation. Books are, therefore, the best of friends. Our human friends may desert us, but books do not desert us in any circumstances. They stand by us through thick and thin.
Books entertain and delight their readers. Reading is a thrilling and an enchanting experience. Books are the pearls of wisdom. The best of human knowledge and thought is condensed in them. They act as beacon lights to illumine our path on the dark and vast ocean of life. Just as they relieve the boredom of journey in trains or buses, they also act as a stay and a support in the long journey of our life in his world.
Bacon felt: “Reading maketh a full man.” In fact, reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Realising the immense value of reading. Gibbon once asserted,” My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange with the treasures of India.”
As far as possible, our endeavour should be read the well-known and famed literature only. But falling into the habit of reading cheap and inferior books, reading can become a curse as well. It will poison the stream of our thought and make our mind a haunt of devilish ideas. Choice of books is of first and foremost importance. It is again, more useful to read wisely than to read carelessly and hurriedly.
The great masterpieces, famous novels, biographies, books of philosophy and history have their own importance in human life. A proper and health pleasure comes from understanding properly what we read. No doubt, it requires a hard training and disciplining of our mind. But once this art is learnt, there is no end to the satisfaction and deep contentment which we can derive from this art. Milton has rightly said: “A good books is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose for a life beyond.”