January 18, 2015

The joy of reading

I maintained for as many as five years that if I were given a book split into hundred blog posts across the web I would find them and read them all but if you give me the book I won't even be able to turn a page. Well happy new year for me because finally I've overcome that mental obstacle and am able to start reading a book with the same joy I once had.

Part of the reason for my preference towards the blogosphere and the internet in general is the realization of how much I did not know and would like to know. Of course, this continues even today but I might have a better solution this time around. The advantage of reading from a computer screen or a mobile device is that one could immediately look up the unknown, know the full background, and then get back to the actual reading material.

Well with the book, you could write down all the stuff you don't know at one place but its unlikely that you would remember the context in which you came across those terms. And even if you do have a well maintained list you would end on the internet and not at a library.

Having read quite a few articles on the net about curbing that desire to use a device for looking up something you come across in a book (linking the article here would defeat the purpose of this post!) I've come to the conclusion that library (private or public) is the best way to read something. You come across unknown terms, go find the relevant book and come back. Ah been ages since a library.

The problem with not reading books cannot be more crystal clear, I always end up trying to complete a post and its almost impossible now to write with a streak or a flow precisely because of running out of ideas to express ideas :)

Cheers for reading then!
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