There was a time in office when we had very little work to do and a lot of free time. All my colleagues chose different ways of handling the free time – at one point, they were playing cricket with a book and a ball made out of foil paper – and I chose to read books. And since I was really into the series I was reading at the time, I would have a new book in my hand every other day. Impressed and confused with my prowess, I quickly earned the epithet ‘Bibliomaniac’ and I was rather proud of it!
But when you finish 16 books in 3 months (achievement unlocked) there is always the question – do you skip pages when you read? For once and for all, I DO NOT skip pages. However, if a book forces me to, then, respectfully, it’s the writer’s fault and not mine.
I started reading young and had a very obliging mother, an indulgent father, and an exasperated little sister to never resort to trickery or hiding books behind textbooks to continue reading. In fact, it has been my tradition to read and finish at least one book before my exams. While my friends had to suffer books being torn by angry fathers, concerned mothers locking up books during exams, I could very easily read without fear of retribution.
Now my book mania has come to such a level where if I am in the middle of a juicy book, I forget my other two favourite things to do – eating and sleeping (basically I am just a toddler who can read). It is quite distressing for someone like me to realize that I could (potentially) forgo food in the interest of finishing a book but then when you are a book lover, it is a fulltime job.
From asking my mother for permission to read certain questionable books to now recommending books to her, it has been a surreal experience. So know if I have a book (and recently, a Kindle) in my hand, I have full plans of ignoring you in favour of the written word and no, you may not disturb me.