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Books My Best Friend


Mom 1: Mera beta toh apne course ki books padhta hi nahi h. I don’t know how is he going to understand all the important concepts.

Mom 2: Don’t worry. Agar aapka beta reading ke liye time devote karega toh uske saare doubts apneaap clear ho jayenge.

Mom 1: Par mera beta to reading karna hi nahi chahta hai. Mein kya karoon?

Mom 2: Didn’t you develop reading habit in him?

Mom 1:No. I thought, he will be able to read as and when required.

Mom 2: Yeh aadat to apko bachche mein bachpan se he dalni thi.

Mom 1: Abhi bhi to who bachcha hi hai.

Mom 2: I mean, when he was 1 or 1 and a half year old.

Mom 1: At such age, children are really small. How would they understand reading or books?

Mom 2: Kya apne movie “Baby’s Day Out” nahin dekhi?

Mom 1: Hain dekhi hai. Par who to movie hai.

Mom 2: In the movie did you notice how that small child rescued himself from the kidnappers and not only that reached home safely.

Mom 1: But it was just a movie.

Mom 2: But did you observe that the habit of listening to bedtime stories and picture reading done by his nanny helped him to do so.

Mom 1: Hoon…

Mom 2: Aap to janti hain ki main bhi ek working mother hun. Kabhi-kabhi main bhi tired ho jati hun, par apne bachche ke liye bedtime stories ka schedule kabhi nahin toda. Main to kehte hun ki sirf bacchhon ke liye hi nahi, reading karna toh har age group ke liye important hai.

Mom 1: Aisa kyun?

Mom 2: Because………

In today’s rapidly evolving world, personality development has become an indispensable aspect of a child’s schooling education. At a very tender age, students across different age groups have shown signs of maturing into world class citizens by adopting habits that define their overall personality. When we talk about personality grooming and holistic development, we cannot miss mentioning the importance of reading books.

Books are the best gifts that can be shared by parents, friends, teachers and professionals alike. Books not only have the answers to all our questions, but often take us on an amazing journey full of riddles, puzzles and famous anecdotes. Reading as a leisure time activity has given many children an opportunity to use their creative side and paint visuals of their favorite book-heroes in their mind.

Reading enhances a child’s vocabulary, diction, understanding, and ability to picture certain situations and plots. The importance of reading can simply be understood from the fact that one book can single handedly enrich millions of lives. People across the globe can relate to more than one book regardless of the language it was published in. Increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures is often observed in children who read on a daily basis. Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words.

Reading is important as it develops the mind. The mind is a muscle. It needs exercise.Understanding the written word is one way the mind grows in its ability. Teaching young children to read helps them to develop their language skills. We discover new things.

Mom 1: Now I understand the importance of reading. Lekin abhi bhi meri ek query hai.

Mom 2: Yeah sure. Please go ahead.

Mom 1: Aaj ki duniya mein jahan bachchon keliye comics, humareliye comics hain, tab koi bhi boring books kyon padega? Aajke internet ke zamane mein, jab sab ke pass apne favourite topics ko search karneka option hai to koi reading habit kyon develop karega. Aur us se kyahoga?

Mom 2: Us se yeh hoga.. Books, magazines and even internet are great learning tools which require the ability to read and understand what is read. A person who knows how to read can educate themselves in any area of life they are interested in. We live in an age where we overflow with information, but reading is the main way to take advantage of it. Reading develops the imagination. TV and computer games have their place, but they are more like amusement. Amusement comes from two words “a” (non) and “muse” (think). Amusement is non-thinking activities. With reading, a person can go anywhere in the world. Non-readers never experience these joys to the same extent.


Article by
Mrs. Anu Gupta
Parenting proficient.

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