Why Do I Invest Money On Books?
I have been questioned many times as to why do I spend so much money on books. People tell me it’s futile ‘cos after reading them once they don’t serve any ‘purpose’. With a sheepish smile, I walked away because I didn’t have any answer at that time. But those words in no way discouraged me to not invest in books. Yes, I call it an investment as compared to expenditure. I’m proud to have spent a part of my earnings on books.
I don’t know whether I’m justifying or clarifying, but the bottom line is I lovvvve books and will never stop buying them for myself and my mother, who also happens to be a reader. Usually, parents pass down the books to their children, but it’s the other way round in my case 😉
Here are my views on the subject –
- Parents invest in our education. Classroom style education is not sufficient to teach a child about the values of life. One might argue that there are Moral Science classes, but how many of us have taken those seriously? They just proved to be a respite from the core subjects that were mentally exhausting during that time. Young ones can be easily molded for the bad or good. If qualities like empathy, kindness, and last but not least, listening is imbibed in them, they definitely have a shot in having a bright future. The Sanskrit word ‘Upanishad’ means sitting near a teacher and listening to their teachings.
- Many have argued that it’s a one-time investment. In order to create memories with our loved ones, we go on dates, trips, night-outs, book tickets for a movie, dine at a restaurant, etc. Not only that, but we also pamper ourselves by getting a spa treatment, styling our hair in a salon, registering for a retreat in the mountains, and so forth. There’s nothing wrong with indulging in the above ‘cos everyone has a right to be happy and have a good time. My only question is, why can’t books fit in the picture?
- Books have often proven to fasten the recovery process when one is going through a mental illness or a rough patch. Some have a powerful impact that they can change our lives forever. Such books cannot be read in one sitting ”cause there is so much left to read between the lines. The more you read them, the more you fall in love with them.
- I wouldn’t be half the person I am now if I wasn’t a reader. I grew intellectually and emotionally and became human. What started as a pass time has now become an unbreakable habit. One does not always have to read copious amounts of pages laden with layered characters, sophisticated vocabulary, and sentences having a deeper meaning. The critic in you needs rest too. You can read novels that leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling.
There is no competition for reading books. It’s not how many of them you read that matters but the number of lessons you have taken from them.
“Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.”
– Forrest Gump (1994)
“Destiny is like a book box; you never know which book you are gonna get.”
About Aparna Prabhu:
Aparna Prabhu is a firm believer in ‘art for positive change’. Her write-ups have been published in various online/print mediums and she has been a contributor in four anthologies among which one is set to release soon. She is vocal about equal pay, gender equality, mental health, and LGBTQ rights.