Reading makes a man perfect. By reading we get information, facts and knowledge of the affairs of the world.
The books prescribed for our formal education do not provide pleasure to us . This is an obligation on us to read those books as we have to continue with our education.
We are to go through them even though we may not like them. The books that provide us pleasure are the books of our liking and interest. Therefore we should have a vast field of good books for our knowledge.
Most of the people who read books as a part (pass) time, read them for pleasure only. But it is very much doubtful that all those who read get any real pleasure out of it.
These days, reading has become a fashion too. We can see people reading books in buses, trains, even bus-stops and restaurants.
The only purpose of these readers is to boast that they have also read that book. These people never get any pleasure out of reading.
Some readers are really fond of reading. This is a passion for them. This category of readers wants something to read that is really romantic, thrilling and full of suspense.
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They generally like to read detective novels, story books etc. They want to finish the book in one sitting only.
But reading of these types of books is really wastage of time as these books never provide them any good. The pleasure of reading of these types of books is momentary.
We should develop a good taste for reading. It is not necessary that we may have a clear idea of our books in the beginning itself, but slowly we should develop a good skill in selection of book for real pleasure.
We should not be dependent on others for the selection of books to read, otherwise we will lose our taste and we will have no taste of our own. We should have a wide range of books. A wider range will give us more pleasure of reading.
The pleasure of reading books is undoubtedly very high.
Before the invention of printing, books were hand-written, and so were few in number, and difficult to get.
But in the modern age, books are easily available, and those who wish, can have no difficulty in enjoying the blessing of being able to read books of their choice.
The pleasures of reading are indeed many and varied. They vary according to the taste and temperament of each reader.
Intellectual Pleasure of Reading
Those who are by nature intellectual, who find delight in grappling with difficult problems, naturally derive a great joy from reading books dealing with serious problems. The exercise of the mind that such reading affords is for them a source of infinite pleasure. Thought to them is a necessary exercise, and therefore their pleasure is great when books provide them with the substance of thinking.
Emotional Pleasure of Reading
Reading also brings satisfaction to men of emotional temperament. They read poetry and drama and fiction. Reading gives them all the thrill and excitement of variety for which their emotional nature is forever hungry. Emotional pleasure is a permanent need for the human mind.
Reading therefore gives man pleasures that are denied in real life as long as the latter remains stunted and crippled in an imperfect social order.
Creative Value of Reading
The ordinary man enjoys reading, in a large measure, as a healthy and innocent form of recreation. After the day’s labor, one feels happy to relax over a pleasant book, a book of one’s own choice, which makes no very great demand on the mental power, and is therefore soothing and comfortable. He turns over the pages, taking in what amuses him and without any other ulterior object.
Such reading is, in a material sense, unprofitable, but it serves the purpose of refreshing the tired mid. Few pleasures can really be greater than this.
Human companionship may be sometimes unwanted and irritating. It can neither be always received with pleasure not dismissed without giving offence or causing pains. But books make no such demand. One can take up a book or lay it as one’s mood dictates. Is no this a great joy in itself? Life indeed has few greater sources of pleasure and happiness than the joy of enjoying freedom in the matter of dictating our own happiness in terms of our convenience.
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