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. 😊