Guwahati girl discovers ‘books and kindness’ on Instagram

NASIMA PARVEEN AMAN

My journey with books has began recently with a weird curiosity of learning about Wars and History of my country and the world. While I loved all the books I read, wars made me a little sad and gloomy. As a remedy I started reading popular fictions and fairy tales that did cheer me up. A few books led to more books and hence began my love affair with books irrespective of their genre and age group. Now, it is more about literature, about the sentences that I can’t sigh deep enough, about the beautiful words I am discovering amidst the absorbing contents, about the characters I want to be friends with like Dorothy who sets up to a journey to the Emarald city and makes amazing friends with a Scarecrow, a tinman and a lion; Jane who loves books and tea; Mary and Dickon who discovers a magical secret garden and is friends with all kinds of animals and birds.

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All of these adventures that I had while curling up with a good book, sipping a hot cup of nice tea in my usual sofa inside my room made me an excessively happier and content version of myself and I wanted all the other people with depression, bad days, stressful jobs, unemployment worries to know that no matter what type of life you are leading happiness is just a good book away. When you finish a book, you’ll have the story, the plot and the characters in your mind to give you company in your dull moments. This was the biggest motivation for my page “Books and Kindness”. So far I have got a number of friends telling me that they loved the posts, it motivates them to indulge in a good book in their free times. Setting up a target to read at least six to seven books a month, this glorious habit has taught me to enjoy my own company while learning a great many things.

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To sum up, I would to quote by Roald Dahl from his book Matilda – 
“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”

Nasima Parveen Aman is a Management graduate and can be reached on Instagram at @booksandkindness