Written By: Muzamil Nazeer
So distressing it is to know that 75% of Pakistanis do not read any book at all. Even the students whom we can expect the most from, never read books rather prefer notes and study aids. The books for them are a liability than an asset, it has been disclosed that 3 out of 4 students never read a book other than university course. These findings are undoubtedly alarming and thought-provoking. Cutting the long story short, our society has collectively abandoned book reading. On the other side, each and every developed society has embraced it as an integral part of their culture. Just take for an example, Bill Gates reads 50 books per year.
Why to Read?
Reading is a sort of activity that keeps your mind active, helps a great deal in building your confidence and makes your inner self feel highly pleased. It enhances your knowledge, outclasses your concentration, and makes you debate ready.
It is important to develop the habit of reading not only for the sake of knowledge but also for personal growth and intellectual gratification. The more you read, the more you become perceptive and the more you will be acknowledged and credited.
Despite its manifold benefits, reading culture is fast fading in Pakistan; not only in educational institutions but also at community level.
After describing such terrifying facts in introductory paragraph about book reading culture in our society, I will further propose some practical and solution-oriented suggestions. We all know that learning never stops, neither after school nor after getting the job of our dreams. Our life is a ceaseless learning process, although some of us may not be conscious of this. If you are a person who doesn’t read, it’s never too late to start right now.
Set Reading Goals
In order to bring about reading habit, its crucial to take start by setting a goal. The goal must be practical and purpose-built. Start by imagining how a consistent reading pattern will help you grow in every field of your life- spiritual, academics, career, relationships and much more. When you find concrete reasons and a purpose attached to your goal, you will be more motivated to keep trying and achieving it beyond your comfort zone.
While formulating your goal, first decide the number of pages you will read every day. Start with even 10 pages a day and keep increasing it with the passage of time, to finish a number of books a year.
Set aside specific times to read your book in order to meet your set goals. Set according to your easiness but stay determined to take full advantage of that time. During these times that you will just read despite any disturbance or distraction.
A good idea is to start your day by reading in the morning, even if it means waking up one hour earlier.
Make it Pleasurable
Be proactive when you read. Don’t rush through, but instead take out time to understand and engage in the reading process. You may also start by picking books that relate directly to your personal interest or taste. To make it more interesting, you can also find some mates to help you stay encouraged towards your reading goals.
Stay focused to grasp every word and phrase. And in the end, it will enlighten you.
“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”
Submitted By: Muzamil Nazeer
Graduated in English Literature