It’s About Time Reading Is Given Its Due Importance
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” – Charles William Eliot
My mother was and is still a voracious reader. While growing up, this was the encouragement to make an effort to learn to read. Books were all around us, and in the small quiet town of Ghaziabad, they were our gateway into the wider world.
Our school library at DPS Ghaziabad was well stocked. I distinctly recall looking forward to the library periods, browsing the numerous books stacked neatly in those steel cabinets to find the one which will sustain me for the whole week.
Reading and building affinity for books was a continuous learning process. It was like a journey with many stations and roads and options, like fairy tales, comics, magazines, novels, and many more.
Whereas with the numerous digital distractions, we all have moved on to different forms of entertainment. Children want to be on screen most of the time. They see elders on the phone or watching another screen.
And when our children lament about getting bored and are asked to read a book, they think of it as a punishment and not a privilege.
A wise person said, “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”
I feel reading is paramount for all. It helps in building a strong foundation of knowledge and wisdom. We can expand our horizons, enrich our spirits, and exercise our minds enormously by reading. Books open a wonderful, wide world and are almost like a time machine. They can take us back to the past or the future in no time with no backpack or money needed.
This thought nudged me to start Wonderleaf Club, an initiative to provide a creative learning oasis for the children in Kavi Nagar, Ghaziabad.
Wonderleaf Club is now almost four years old and is open to all age groups. It is a small community to experience the joy of reading together and share and express freely. At present, due to Covid-19, Wonderleaf Club has gone virtual. We meet Weekly on Saturday with a focus on reading, creative writing, storytelling, read aloud, and much more. Find us ( Fb @thewonderleafclub / Insta @wonderleafclub) to join Wonderleaf Club.
Akanksha Govil (DPSG Alumni 1997 Batch, PCB Topper), Sr. Manager Paytm Noida