I am fond of reading books. Whenever I come across a good book, I go in for it. I like biographies. I have read scores of biographies but I like the autobiography of Pt. Nehru the most. It is Pt. Nehru's masterpiece.
The book was published several years back but it is still selling like hot-cakes. It has been translated into several languages of the world. The style is lucid, simple and natural. The language is sweet, idiomatic and interesting. Every sentence is gripping, every word is well chosen and every new chapter is more thrilling than the preceding one.
I got it as a birthday present from my uncle. It is my most precious treasure. I am jealous of it. I read it over and over again. Each time I read it, I find a new joy, a new charm and a new thrill. Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru was the only son of his father who was a leading lawyer of his time.
He was rolling in wealth. Young Jawahar was brought up in the lap of luxury. He was taught by an English governess privately at home and then he went to England for higher studies. He was not a book worm but well-informed.
He sat and moved in the company of the sons of Lords and Peers of the United Kingdom. He did not suffer from any inferiority complex in their company. He was in no way less than they. He was their equal in studies debates, games and sports. He qualified himself for the Bar.
He returned to India, a full-fledged barrister but instead of taking to Law, he took to Politics. He was attracted by Mahatma Gandhi. He was conquered once for all. He plunged himself heart and soul into the freedom movement of the country.
The father followed the son, the mother, too, followed suit and the wife did not lag behind. All the four gave up all comforts and courted imprisonment for various terms. The death scenes of his father, mother and wife move one to tears but they failed to shake brave Jawahar from his resolve. At last the blood of martyrs bore fruit.
India won her long lost freedom. Brave Jawahar was chosen as the first Prime Minister of India. He enhanced the prestige of India. India has taken her proud place in the comity of nations. India's voice is heard with respect in the Councils of the World. It is all due to Nehru's sincerest efforts that India is progressing in all directions with rapid strides.
Such books are the life-blood of a nation. They infuse a new life and inject fresh blood into the dry bones of the nation. No son of the soil can afford to ignore them. They are a rare treasure. Such books stimulate thought and provide food for the mind. Books are not only good companions but are also wonderful playmates for the young.
They are a gateway to the world of adventure, fun and wonder. They shape our character and their influence penetrates deep down the minds. Their cold prints convey, says Kingsley, "a message to us from the human soul we never saw. And yet they arouse us, teach us, comfort us."
A good book is worth possessing, since it is "the precious life-blood of a master spirit," in the words of Milton.
Remember the famous lines of Bacon while studying books:
"Some books are to be tasted, others are to be swallowed and some to be chewed and digested." Reading of good books develops thinking which in turn should be co-ordinated with actions. 'Thought without action is abortion. Action without thought is folly', to quote the words of Nehru.
Your Favourite Book
The Book you Like Most
A Holy Book you have Read
Books are a guide in youth and an entertainment for age. They help us to forget our crossness of men and things, compose our cares and our passions and lay our disappointments asleep.
In Modern times, books are being published in very published in very large numbers on all subjects under the sun. It is not possible for a man to read all of them. He has to pick and choose. A right choice of books is, therefore, essential. Books have to be chosen according to one’s individual tastes and needs. A wrong choice of books can lead to a wastage of time and a ruin of one’s career. In the matter of the choice of books, guidance should be sought from elders and experts. We must also know how to read a book. Different, books are to be treated differently. Bacon advises : “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested.
Reading is my hobby. Whenever I find some vacant hours. I get hold of a book to read. Reading gives me a lot of pleasures. Books delight and educate at the same time. They introduce a person to the best of minds of the past and prove to be a very good company in weal or woe. Robert Southey writes about books:
“My never failing friends are they
With who I converse day by day.
With them I take delight in weal
And seek relief in woe.”
I like to read books on all subjects but books on philosophy give me the greatest pleasure. They make me think and give me a particular type of comfort and delight. Of the various books that I have been reading the Bhagvad Gita has impressed me the most. It is my favourite book.
The Bhagvad Gita is full of some rare gems of wisdom. It conveys the message of Lord Krishana, the greatest of the philosophers. It is an excellent treatise on man, his position in this universe, his soul, his duty and role in life. In tells us that soul is deathless. It is body alone that dies. Death is only a change of clothes. There is no reason for a man to be afraid of death. It is this message that has always inspired great martyrs of the world to lay down their lives for a noble cause. The Gita also gives us a message of universal brotherhood. Life, according to the Gita, is only a manifestation of the Divine. All human beings are nothing but material abodes of the same spirit, the greater soul. Bodies may differ but the soul is the same. It is the same soul that pervades us all. The Gita also tells us that a man should go on doing his duty without worrying about the results. One should do one’s duty and leave the results to God. Prizes or punishments are pre-ordained. God is the supreme judge and we should submit humbly to His will. One should try to remain happy and calm in all circumstances. Things are not what they seem to be. Man knows very little. He does not know even a faction of the reality. HE should, therefore, have faith in God and go on doing his duty. He should play his destined part with a sense of devotion.
All this has been a great source of inspiration to me in my life. Whenever I am upset or in trouble, I seek refuge in the Gita and find solace and a healing touch. Lord Krishana Himself appears to be speaking to me in person and I find myself elevated to a different universe. It is this book that has sustained me through the various ups and downs in my life. That I why I love and adore it.