"A book is a magical thing that lets you travel to faraway places Without ever leaving your chair" - Katrina Mayer
One of the greatest gifts adults can give to their offspring and to the society is to ‘Read-to-Children’. Reading gives an amalgamation of ideas and creativity. Sharing what we read gives us energy, discipline, curiosity and active participation. Reading should be celebrated as a pleasurable and an enriching experience. Research has shown that reading improves your cognitive ability and also the most obvious reason is that reading improves your vocabulary and knowledge.This improves your abstract reasoning and problem solving ability.
Stalwarts, in the field of education who bring about a new wave of transformation are voracious readers and not people who are net savvy alone. In the present scenario with advent of digitization, reading habit is diminishing among young ones. Therefore our education system needs to be designed in a way that produces large number of readers and not mere devotees of the internet. The number of start-ups and write-ups that we see thriving today is a result of good reading habits. Reading should not be presented to the children as a chore or duty, it should be offered to them as a precious gift.
“Medicine for the soul” is a bold inscription over the door of one of the oldest libraries. True words were never spoken. To step into the studious silence i.e., the library, such tranquil brightness and enticement of good books, that one is tempted to luxuriate in reading. This helps a man to be poised, elegant and develop etiquette. Reading not only has tremendous power when it comes to fuelling the development of all aspects of language ability, its importance to the entirety of a human life in this day and era can’t be really overstated.
Nation has been at the forefront of quality reading and a home to some of the finest philosophers, poets, writers and the likes. The power of reading develops sheer intellectual curiosity, analytical power and establishing an environment for creative works and preparing students to cultivate love for reading.
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. Reading motivates them to speak using the wealth of vocabulary and creates a solid foundation for them to survive in any part of the globe. Reading is one of the quickest ways of gaining new knowledge, information and insights. And the more knowledge you have the better equipped you are to tackle the challenges as they come your way. Reading shapes your worldview and thereby improving your creativity. Reading challenges your thinking and helps you see the world from a different perspective. The diverse information and knowledge that is available all around are presented in a perspective by the author. This perception when if new, appealing and helps your thinking is in all likelihood becomes a popular book as well as novel solution to most problems.
Remember, Readers are not born, only the environment imbibes the basic urge for reading and hence every student should strive to extract the maximum from the opportunities available to him in the school and cultivate and nurture the Golden Habit of Reading.
Rev. Fr. Johny Koyikkara, C.M.,