My Favorite Book
Reading books is my pastime. Books are my never-falling friends. When I am out of tune with myself, I take recourse to reading books by great writers and masterminds. I have read a number of books. Some books leave a profound influence upon our minds. The book which has appealed to me the most is “My Experiments With Truth”, written by Mahatma Gandhi. It throws a flood of light on his personality and thought. It is ideas and thoughts that have moved the world. This book centers round two things: Gandhiji’s patriotism and his struggle for India’s freedom. He fought against injustice and inequality with the weapons of truth and non-violence. The book brings out how Gandhiji awakened the sleeping Indians with his moral force and aroused in them a love for liberty. The book also points out Gandhiji’s own weaknesses. To him, God was truth and truth was God. He never tried to conceal anything about his life. He believed that politics should be tempered with morality. I like this book because it has proved a turning point in my life. I have learnt a lot from this great book. It remains one of the most precious treasures of mankind. It makes a very good reading. Every sentence of this book has a touch of sincerity. It is written in a simple but effective style. It is worth reading.
Essay No. 2
My Favorite Book
A book has a great power to make us good or bad. A good books may be very useful for us while a bad book may do great harm to us. It is very easy to read books but it is difficult to select a book for reading purpose. A book gives us company. A book increases our knowledge. It improves us mentally and spiritually. So a great care is needed in selecting a good book. The matter of the book affects the mid while reading the book.
I have read many books. If we gain nothing after reading the cheap type of book, it means we have wasted our time in reading useless book. It is only passing the time with no benefit. I have read Ramayana written by Tulsidas. I liked it most, still I like it and it would be liked by me in future also. It influenced me most. This is my favourite book. I love it most. The book has many charms of its own. It is more interesting than a novel. It is more philosophic than any book on philosophy. It is a complete moral code. Hence, it has influenced me most. It contains the life story of Rama who is thought to be an incarnation of God. Hence it is a religious book which helps us to make us good an pious.
The book is full of ideals. It presents every situation of life. from the examples given in this book, we learn how we should behave with our parents, brothers, sisters, friends, enemies, teachers, learned persons, strangers, husbands, wives , sons and even the low caste people. It teaches us to be brave and sons and even the low caste people. It teaches us to be brave and cheerful in all circumstances. Thus, we may call it the best book for character- building in the world.
Rama was the son of King Dashrath of Ayodhya. He was a wonderful man. To obey the orders of his father, he went into exile for 14 years. His wife Sita, and brother Lakshman went with him. Ravana the King of Lanka stole away Sita. Lord Rama invaded Lanka and defeated Ravana. He got his wife back. Rama protected Rishis and killed demons. Sita as an ideal wife, was the follower of Rama in all his joys and sorrows. Rama’s father Dashrath, died of grief without Rama but kept his word. Rama obeyed his father’s wish and brother, Lakshman went with him to serve him with heart and soul. Bharat too did not accept crown but ruled over Ayodhya as Rama’s Steward.
Ram loved the people and the people respected him. He treated the low caste boatman as his own brother. In the forest of Chitra Koot, he treated the Bhils as his own men. He became a true protector of all sages in trouble. His friendship with Sugriva is an example for us. Hanuman proved his true follower. Site lived the life of purity and devotion in Lanka.
Thus we see that victory comes to the good people. The wicked people suffer in the end. Ramayana gives us Consolation when we are in trouble.
Essay No. 3
My Favorite Book
Books are the best food for our mind. They give us a peculiar joy and we forget all the cares and worries of life. the serious books are intended for sober and thoughtful minds. They mold our thought and give us a proper direction. They are the best guides and philosophers. I an myself greatly influenced by Bhagwad Gita, the greatest book which India has produced so far. It has no rival. It teaches us the secrets of ideal life and duty.
Bhagawad Gita tells us that we should do our duty at all times whatever the duty is at the moment and forget everything else. When we do our duty, we should not look for any kind of reward. When our duty is done properly, it is its own reward. We should not do anything for our profits and we should not be afraid of losses. Whatever we do, it should be done out of a high sense of duty.
In order to do our duties properly, Bhagawad Gita tells us, we should rise above the pains of opposites. Neither could nor heat should disturbed us. We should not care for gains and losses, pleasures and pains. We should keep our minds steady like a flame in a hurricane lamp which is not disturbed by the wind outside.
Bhagawad Gita embodies a message for Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the battle of Mahabharata, Arjuna was unwilling to fight because he would not like to kill his kith and kin. But Lord Krishna told him that was his duty at the moment because they were responsible for much evil in the world. Besides, the people whom he was to kill were already killed by God. He was only to lift his sword and they would fall. He was not the killer. True killer was God. The time for the death of Kurus had come. He was only an agent of the will go God.
Bhagawad Gita does not tell us to renounce the world for Godly pursuits but instructs to be more active in the worldly affairs but not be involved himself in the love of this world. The life here is all temporary and as such being attached to the world is the biggest blunder. We have to live this life temporarily and prepare for a larger life beyond this world. Love of the people is the actual love of God is what Bhagawad Gita teaches.
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Books are a medium to transport us to another world. To anyone else, they may look like pages full of dull print, but to me, they open a door to a wondrous world of magic, mystery, wild imagination, legendary icons and ordinary heroes, adventure, love... all created through a fantastic interplay of words.
Being an only child, books have always been and will be, my best friends. They make me think about others' feelings and appreciate the world and its beings in a different light. Books intrigue me. They induce strong feelings in me and keep me on edge till the very end.
I'm a fan of fiction but I also read non-fiction. The pull for fiction comes from the fact the author builds an entire world that may not exist but seems very true when savoured through the words. I think that’s part of the reason. But books also engage me because of the fact that reality is sometimes too hard to handle and I find fictional characters much more friendly and appealing than those around me.
My parents would buy me books from when I was very young. Till the moment I die, I will be surrounded by books,books,books. And I do not think anyone needs a reason to read. It is a whole world always open to anyone willing to enter it.
What pains me is the fact that nowadays no one gives literature the importance it deserves. I have always relished reading and enjoy my language classes the most at school.
I think I mostly read sitting on the bed cross-legged with my book balanced on a pillow. You see, I tend to take good care of books, almost as if they have a life of their own. Even a tiny bend of the cover can get me real angry and I will do my best to restore it to normal. While reading, I tend to toss and turn or sit up according to the situation in the story.
There aren't many people in my family who go on reading like I do. Mom mostly buys me the books I want but when I put studies at stake, she turns furious. My cousin reads a bit on my compulsion but that is all. I remember she once called me 'Shakespeare'! I am not anywhere that good, but I want to read all the books I can before my last breath. So now, I will get going; I have got a book to read!
Aiswarya R., Class 12