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A day for Books

Today is World Book Day, a day to celebrate books and the love for reading. I was always fond of reading so the presence of this day simply means a lot to me. Whenever I go to a new city, the first thing I look for is the library. I still remember the first book exhibition held in office. It was my first year of job. I was still learning to live in a new city with room mates. Books were my best friends. Smartphones had not yet entered the markets then. I went around the books and the first thing that caught my attention was a Pocket Dictionary or a Mini Dictionary. My eighth grade English teacher used to say “If possible, always keep a Pocket Dictionary with yourself”. Like an obedient student I bought the dictionary.

This Dictionary was a huge help everytime I came accross a new word. During the same time one of my room mates was preparing for open tests for Management studies. One day she was confused about a word while solving the english questions. I had pulled out the dictionary, found the meaning and helped her solve the question. I could see the appreciation in her eyes when I completed. I told her once you find a meaning using a dictionary, you will always remember it. From then onwards, she too used to follow the same method. A few weeks later there was a long weekend, all of had planned to go home. Before leaving, she too bought the same Dictionary. Books allow one to inspire others. I still love the fragrance of fresh binding. There is a book for each mood, whether sad or happy, bored or relaxed, fiction or non-fiction, etc. Whenever I find a person liking a book that I like, I immediately am able to connect to him or her. People say with the advent of various gadgets, the habit of reading may get impacted but I feel the excitement of having an interesting book will always remain the same. I would like to keep this day to set up a checklist for reading for the entire year. That would help us in continuing this hobby. How do you think one should celebrate the World Book Day?

An event for Readers

Have you ever felt an event was organized for your hobby. I enjoy reading. Every summer book exhibitions are conducted but this year I had the fortune to enjoy an event for Reading. The Summer Reading Extravaganza was held on 9th July 2019 at the Carnegie Mellon Library. There were different events like voting for favorite author, chess competition, library tour, food trucks, etc. The best was the puppet show which had 5 stories each with a unique message. Although there were chairs in the room, the kids were overjoyed when it was announced that they can sit on the carpet just in front of the stage. One cannot miss the excitement in their eyes. It was so infectious that it brought out the child in me.

We used to spend the afternoons at home during summer vacations. I would end up with sun stroke every time I went out during afternoons. So I would spend hours reading different kinds of books and children magazines. The library also organized a Summer Reading 2019, where one can register and enter the books they read. There are targets and prizes for readers. I too registered for this activity. Personally I felt as if my hobby had become a person and was inviting me to pursue it. Incase I slow down there are reminders on buses, library walls, etc. Many of my friends enjoy reading but were not aware of this event. These are the events where the kids should be taken as they meet books in a different way. I thank the library and the city for organizing such an extraordinary event.

Day 3: What’s on your mind?

Garden of Thoughts

Garden of Thoughts

Today’s challenge was to write on why I wanted to start this blog. It took me to my most cherished hobby, reading. I am a voracious reader. As the time goes by I forget the reviews of the books. I wanted to share reviews of the books I read and keep them afresh. Since I wanted my reviews to be available anytime anywhere, I started my first blog sanchitasarkar.wordpress.com. Soon it became a hobby. I also received appreciation from many people.

One Saturday morning in september’2013 I got up from sleep and saw clouds in the sky. It was a beautiful morning, cloudy sky, cool breeze and a holiday. I sat with a steaming cup of tea and a book on the balcony. I felt absolutely relaxed and stressfree. Somehow I wished I could capture that moment somewhere with whatever I felt. It was at that I felt like writing my thoughts on other experiences as well. That is how I got the idea for starting this second blog. A photo album only preserves the photos but not the feelings but a blog preserves what you write. Moreover with the advent of smartphones blogs can be read anywhere. This blog will also serve as an album of some of the most amazing experiences I have had.

I have kept the photo containing flowers of various colors to indicate that the blog will contain my thoughts on everything I see or feel. I participated in this competition because I wanted to improve my blogging skills as well. I must say yesterday I learnt a lot about using widgets. I hope to learn more about blogging.