World of timeless books

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Books are a uniquely portable magicStephen King

Having a bad day? Well, grab a book and dive into the world of imagination and passion.

Different people have different perspectives on books in general. However, to say the least, books are the beacons of knowledge and pleasure. No one can deny it.

As luck would have it, books in the modern form have been around ever since Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable printing press in the 1400s. Originally, books were read only by the upper classes or monks and scholars.

Earlier, books were very expensive and hand written. Today, there are easily accessible to the common man.

Surely, Gutenberg would be sleeping happily in his grave contended that his invention had a positive impact on bringing millions of smiles on faces of the readers from across the world.

World of books

The world of books pampers its readers with a variety of genres to choose from. Today, we can find numerous options for reading apart from the good old hardbacks, to modern encyclopedias, novels, diaries, magazines, and comics.

Readers today can get thrilled with fiction, empowered with non-fiction, scared with mysteries, titillated with romance, wizened with history, fun with entertainment, intrigued with science, and awed with classics.

Timeless books

There are several timeless books under different genres that are worth mentioning here.

Western classics like Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ and ‘Iliad’ and William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and ‘Juliet’, ‘Hamlet, ‘Othello’ and ‘Macbeth’ introduce you to the thrills of yore.

Modern classics like Anne Frank’s ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ and Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Emma’,  ‘Persuasion’, and Thomas hardy’s ‘Far from the madding house’,  Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’, Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’, DH Lawrence’s ‘Lady Chaterley’s Lover’ and ‘Sons and Lovers’, and Victor Hugo’s ‘Les Miserable’s’ take you into a sensitive world.

Authors like Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and children’s writer Enid Blyton mermerised readers of the 20th century and continue to do so.

The whole of India fell in love with ‘Devadas’ created by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay and Munshi Premchand’s ‘Godaan’, ‘Gaban’, ‘Kafan’, ‘Pratigyan’, ‘Kayakalp’, ‘Karmbhoomi’, ‘Vardaan’ and ‘Maansarovar’.

In South India great writers like Tholkappiyar (Tolkappiyam), Chalam (Maidanam), Gurajada Appa Rao (Kanya Sulkam), Mokkapati Narasimha (Barrister Parvateesam) and Ravuri Bharadwaja (Paakuduraallu) lived in the hearts of the readers.

Subhramanya Bharathi was a poet par excellence of the pre-independence era.

Viswanadha Satyanarayana, 20th century’s Kavi Samraat was famous for his works that include Veyipadagalu (The Thousand Hoods), Kinnersani patalu (Mermaid songs) and Ramayana Kalpa Vrukshamu (Ramayana the wish-granting divine tree).

India also had world-renowned authors writing in English. Some of the earliest Indian authors writing in English include R.K Narayan ‘Malgudi days’, Nirad C. Chaudhuri (The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian) and Raja Rao (Kanthapura).

Due to limitations of space, we are unable to mention the countless number of Indian authors and their books in this article.

Books are magic

“As they say, when you open a book, you open a new world”.

They transport us into another world. The smell of a book is both comforting and alluring at the same time. The word ‘magic’ is not enough to describe the charm books have in the world.

Reading a book is like an exercise for the mind though people often seem to have a misconception that books are always boring, or that doesn’t suit their personality to do so.

Some people say that they don’t find enough time for a book.

However, books are immortal. They are our best-friends and companions in need.

Is the printed book dying?

Well I hope not. For, it will break a lot of hearts if it does.

Parts of our inheritance as a civilization are the books, manuscripts and documents conserved in museums and spiritual shrines around the world.

Their aura is that, as printed material, they can appeal to a judge as what is ‘fact’ or what is ‘real’. This cannot be possible with electronic media.

Printed book vs. e-book

Though we as humans crave for social intimacy, we also crave solitude. With the help of books we can achieve solace.

The presence of the physical book itself is enough to soothe us. It works as a balm for the disturbed and ravaged soul.

We should thank God for being kind enough to create such miracles. But in a world of technology that is intrusive, people are forced to fight for sustaining such moments of solitude in their lives.

However, the advantages of e-books are many. E-books are immediate. Anyone sitting at home can easily access an intriguing book at the click of a button.

They are handy while travelling. We can take along several volumes at a time.

Though everyone has their own preferences in this case, I would prefer the comfortable printed book rather than an e-book.

Need for reading books

Books are a treasure. They let the reader explore several possibilities in life rather than dwell on the negatives. They shine as a beacon of hope. They glimmer with the possibilities beyond imagination.

Books offer solace with the comfort of the characters in them. The stories they behold, etch in our minds an emotional bond when we connect with them.

They offer us an escape from our daily problems. Magic is what books bring into our lives. If we need a reason to read a book then there’s something wrong.

Uses of books

Writing is the most powerful tool invented by mankind as it is a tool of the mind. Though books often help provide solutions for our problems, they also increase our knowledge. They help in shaping our lives for the better.

Books are an important way cultures, tribes, and societies to communicate right and wrong and how to live. However, the most significant use of the books would be for education. They can be read for pleasure and to strengthen the bond of friendship by giving them as gifts to friends.