Day 23 of the March SOLSC! #SOL21

Books have been always been a part of my life. In my family all of us love to read. Memories of my grandfather reading aloud to us remain with me. Countless books have taken me to that many worlds. For years I read only one book at a time. I could not imagine starting one before completing the other.

And I remember reading through the night to complete a book. 😊
Now I  do not do that, a good night’s sleep is more important than finishing a book. The habit of reading one book at a time changed over the years. I am not sure when this happened.  Now I read at least two books at a time. Last year I started listening to audio books. The books that I have listened to, till now, have had wonderful narrators. They brought the books alive.

I remembered those days when I read books to Aravind. I started reading to him from the time he could understand. I did not want him to miss out the world of books. The computer,  internet and talking softwares opened the world to him. But, even now I read to him for the love of it. We are reading The Overstory by Richard Powers. It is an amazing book.

At present I am reading a commentary on Mahabharata by Chaturvedi Badrinath and Lectures on Ramayana by Srinivasa Sastri and an English translation of a Kannada book, Defiance by Na Mogasale.  It would be wonderful if we could read books in their original language but I am thankful for translations because they help us to have a glimpse into another world. My reading speed in Kannada is slow and I have to read each word. It takes me a long time to complete a book. In that time I can finish two books in English 😊.

I am listening to Don Quixote in Audibles and loving each moment of the story.  There are so many stories within the  main story. I listen while I am cooking. 

Two days ago I went to the library after a long time. I got an English translation, The House of Kanooru by the great Kannada writer,  K V Puttappa and known as Kuvempu. It is a wonderful book. As it is from the library and I have to return it in two weeks, I have come back to the beginning. I have stopped reading the other books for the time being. I am reading only this book. 😊

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

14 comments

  1. You have such a robust reading life! I typically only read one pleasure book at a time and one professional but, but I’m seeing more and more readers juggle more than one, like you. I might have to give it a try and see if it enriches my experience. Thanks for the reminder to tend to my reading life this morning!

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  2. I come from a reading family too. There were always books, newspapers and magazines available to us. I like reading a couple of books at the same time. So many books to read!

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  3. I am full of admiration for your devotion to the written word. Over the years you must have acquired an interesting overview of the human condition. All best.

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  4. Reading has always been an important part of my life as well. As a child I had a whole collection of little golden books. I usually have two books going at the same time – one on my kindle and one in hand.

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  5. Your slice shares your reading life so well. It makes me think about mine, even though I struggle to finish many novels during the school year. I always look forward to the holidays when I can binge read , a few books at a time.

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  6. Our habits as readers are similar but I am struck by the books that you will know, that I will never know. It is wonderful to share this glimpse to broaden our idea of reading and expose us to books from other places. And I commend you in reading in another language- however slow 🙂

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  7. I enjoyed reading about your changing reading life. I have also shifted to multiple books, some on audio and some in print. It is fun. I hold the one rule for shows, watching all of one show before I get heavily involved in another. I enjoyed hearing about books I do not see on the shelves at our local library or bookstore.

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