In my experience, the most rewarding hobby has been reading. Because with this activity, the return has always been evident and at times instant. But then as I see my peers or friends, most of them have a sort of aversion towards reading. They say – books are not for me. Or ‘newspaper, and me? That’s funny!’. Even I was one of those kids who disliked reading until one day I willingly opened newspaper only to check about sports updates. As time passed by, I started shifting from sports to other sections like regional and national news, international affairs, and so on. And today, I love reading and can say – there’s no better company than words and books.
Apart from giving me a great company reading has benefitted me in ways more than one:
The obvious advantage – a grip on vocabulary. I could gain an advantage over my peers when it comes to understanding various words or idioms. Though learning is an eternal process, I can say I’m at a stage today where I can comprehend and understand most of the stuff that is published online, in newspapers or in books. And whenever I can’t, dictionary and Google are always there to help me out. It is the will to learn that we need, and which can set us apart.
With vocabulary comes Language. Unlike the common notion, Vocabulary is not about knowing the meaning of complex words. It is more about understanding the usage of words in different contexts. i.e., understanding of English language. Today language is an important skill companies and employers look for. Or for that matter, language skills are essential at any point of life. But sadly, the way most of us are good at speaking fluently, not many of us are aware of the nuances of English language. According to me there’s only one solution – reading, and more reading.
And with Language comes communication. Only once we know certain language, we’ll be able to communicate better. Today as I write this article, this too is a form of communication I’m doing. Good English communication is not about using complex words, it is about wider audiences understanding what you’re trying to say. This too comes with more and more reading.
Of course. As we read books and views on a variety of topics, our knowledge of the world and worldly affairs becomes better. How do we say that such and such person is knowledgeable? Is it that he’s got some super powers? No, it’s just because he must have strived to gain that knowledge. And reading is one of those significant avenues of knowledge gaining.
If you see, everything I’ve written is interlinked. Once we gain knowledge, once we know we’re better from many others, it instills confidence in us. We’ll be able to face the world or any given situation with much maturity and understanding. We can analyze things before getting into any conclusions.
Ability to read, speak and communicate is a significant gift that sets us humans apart. And only when we can make the most of that ability, there’s a meaning in possessing that gift.
About the author
Gayathri is an Engineering student and an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction. She loves good music, watching cricket, and company of her family and friends. Also, she’s looking forward to enter the blogging world very soon.