Mr. James, Head of the English Department was our instructor for communication skills. Usually I set myself in hibernate mode during class hours but that day I was very attentive. He told to class that if we read 1000 words, only 50 words will remain in our mind. He kept on asking us, can we remember all we read? Can we comprehend all that we heard or seen? Will we put all the knowledge we gain into practice? Our answer was big no.
The theme reflected in his words is the limitations of human memory. He reminded that geniuses and intellectuals are made by hard work not by birth. That’s interesting. It was a revelation to me because till that day I had thought that geniuses are super human beings who possess great memory power and comprehension skills by birth. In fact, they are common people who are highly observant, regular readers and doers. After his class I came to understand that all the geniuses and intellectuals who took birth in this world had gone through their own trials and errors.
That idea was powerful enough to take a person who hates books and reading to news paper reading. I considered reading as a habit meant only for geniuses and not for common people like me. However, it was just a beginning. I became a regular newspaper reader and gradually took myself to book reading. Freedom at Midnight authored by Dominique Lapierre & Larry Collins was the first book I have read completely in my life.
We say, there are seven wonders in this world. But we always miss one: book. I, once a book hater, now know the value of books and their power to transform human mind. Books taught me what my aggressive yet intelligent father and my sweet sweetheart mother hadn’t taught me. They revealed plenty of mysteries and secrets that my friends haven’t shared with me. Reading made me exposed to new ideas and thoughts which refreshes each day of mine.
Reading changed the way I look at life and people. It transformed my restlessness to patience and outspokenness to soft spokenness (I hope so!) Now, I’m into blogging. It is such a pleasure making a post to my blog. Reading is above all, food for thought. And obviously, thoughts lead to action. Action in turn determines our character and character decides our destiny. So, will reading ascertains our destiny? Yes, I think so!
I could attend only a very few classes of James sir, but I still remember and grateful to him for his idea which by knowingly or unknowingly changed me and my life.