The advancement of science and technology has brought about a great change in the field of books. Five centuries back, the books as we have today did not exist. But machines and technology have helped in the spread of knowledge. Moreover, the high percentage of literacy, the growth of libraries in towns and villages and growing fondness of the intellectuals to have their private libraries have led to the growth of publishing industry. This in turn contributed to the spread of knowledge and information. Books are written by experienced persons who are wise and have matured minds.
They are full of ideas, and thoughts which enlighten us and guide us at the time of trouble. There are books which entertain, enthrall and thrill us according to our taste. Different people have different tastes and choices. As one grows old, one’s interest and taste also changes. A child may be crazy for comics, picture, story books or works of science fiction. Some people have great love for books. Books are their permanent friends.
They carry them wherever they go. Books help to widen our interest. They broaden our outlook.
They enrich our thoughts. They help us in understanding different aspects of life. They give us inspiration to do great things in life. They encourage us to fight the odds of life bravely. They fill our minds with noble thoughts. They awaken our souls. They mould our characters. But we should be very cautious in the choice of books.
Books which are not good may mislead the readers. They can spoil us. Thus, books are a blessing. They are the treasure richer than the treasure of the king. This treasure is inexhaustible. They are the gold mines of art, literature, science and information.
We should develop a habit of reading. It is good for us and society as well.