Books, Charles W. Eliot, said, are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors and the most patient of teachers.
From the aforesaid quote, one could gauge the significance of developing the habit of reading good books.
Once when Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Indian Constitution, was asked where in London, he wanted to stay, pat came his reply, ‘Near a library’.
English poet John Milton, author of famous ‘Paradise Lost’, used to listen to what is written in books when he became blind.
Comedian Charlie Chaplin used to spend a portion of his advance money got in films to purchasing books.
It will not be out of context to say that we celebrate world-renowned playwright William Shakespeare’s birthday as World Book Day.
Nowadays, children are glued to television sets, engrossed in browsing the internet and engaged in gossiping, and in short, they play ducks and drakes with the precious resource ‘TIME’. It is imperative that parents and teachers set an example to children/students by reading good books which may be of any language. Well-read people command a lot of respect in the society and are indeed assets of a nation.
It is germane to conclude with a saying “Those who do not read are not in any way better than the ones who cannot read”.
(S. Ramakrishnasayee is Principal of DAV-BHEL School, Ranipet, Tamil Nadu)