Technology is certainly a blessing, we are pampered and turned into lazy lumps with every passing year. We wanna buy something, apply for a job, write to a friend, invite people for a party… everything is a click away. These days you can just sit on your bottom and offend all your friends and also make new ones in a jiffy.
As much as I love all of this, all the kindles, I pads and e books that are released into the world scare my bookworm soul to death. What if the publishing companies go out of business eventually, and stop making books with those crispy crunchy ooo sooo lovely smelling papers? Oh how much I dislike reading books on a screen.
But then, I bumped into a site the other day and I was jumping with joy, cause people…. believe me… this one is a blessing from techno god.
If you have a whole cupboard full of books and you dont know how to give them away. Here is a solution for it. You can simply pass it onto a stranger and also keep track of where your book is. All you have to do is inscribe or label a book
( they have labels that u can download off the site) and leave it at a public place.(preferably at coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, food courts.etc.) and hopefully a stranger who loves books picks it up. He/She has the book with the BCID number on the book, and instructions to go to the site and enter the BCID number.Here is what you do,
Select a book off your shelf
Go to http://www.bookcrossing.com and sign up.
Register your book at http://www.bookcrossing.com/register
Release your book at http://www.bookcrossing.com/release
this is where you give in the details about the location you want to leave your book at, along with the timings.
Voila!! you will be notified when some one finds your book and enters the BCID number on the site,for all you know you could find it in a different country. Its quiet likely that somebody could just find the book and not do anything about it. But I totally love the idea. Its like sending out messages of love to the world 🙂
You can also look out for books that have been released in your city. It cant get any better then this 🙂
My love for books started with adventure novels and I was never ready to experiment with other genre of books.’The Secret‘ is a self help book and I thought self help books were too preachy.This book was recommended by many people and I always wondered what the deal was.I would go book shopping and ‘the Secret‘ would be looming in the background,I noticed it, but never had the desire to buy it.But one day my curiosity got the better of me and so I finally picked it up.
‘The Secret‘ deals with positive thinking.To me it did not sound very preachy, although I was a little skeptical about the concept of law of attraction at the beginning.But, by the time I was done with the book,I must admit that I was in love with the concept.
The law of attraction talks about how you can attract an object, a situation or a person into your life.As a student of Vedanta I realize how powerful a human mind is.It can make you or break you.My belief in the law of attraction was strengthened, because it is a concept that is very closely related to our Hindu Philosophy.
In the section ‘The Secret To You‘ the authors talk about how the universe and the conscious principle(our soul) are not different from one another.
We’re all connected.We just don’t see it.There isn’t an “out there” and an “in here”.Everything in the universe is connected.It is just one energy field.
– John Assaraf ‘The secret’
Our Vedantic philosophy believes in the same… Mahavakya’s are the great declarations of the supreme truth.Tat Tvam Asi‘ is one of the four Mahavakya’s . Tat Tvam Asi declares that, the human core(ie. the true nature of a man or the soul) is the same as the supreme consciousness (called ‘the universe’ in the secret)
The secret makes this complex concept sound magical.Everybody has their own way of dealing with life’s situations.No matter which way, we all know how important it is to be positive.If you believe that there are powers in this world that exist, even if not visible to the naked eye.You believe that there is magic/supreme power out there that is the cause of our existence.You will understand what ‘the secret‘ is about.
Read it and believe in it and it might just turn your life around.
Now this blog is starting to sound a little too morose n hence it’s time to sound a little cheerful…so I thought I would write about BOOKS.
Ok for all those people who aren into reading it’s like “Oh come on…” but what the hell I sooooo love them.
My love for books began when I was 12, It all started when I saw my cousin reading these real fat books and I never saw her without one…. So I told myself why not.. It looks like fun..
My very first book was Nancy Drew..
I had so much fun readin Nancy Drew that I had finished with the whole collection from my school library in a months time. I was sooo obsessed that i was spending my recess time and even boring class hours reading novels. Then I moved on to these other authors and I remember this one book “Daniel steel’s” Accident….Ooooo my god that book really depressed me, I mean really really depressed me..n so after that I learnt to be more cautious about wat books I pick .
I dont mind if I have nothin to do for months together I could just read read read and read. Wat makes me ecstatic is new books. OH!! I love the way the new pages crunch and the smell of new books make me so happy. When ppl say I could use some fresh air they would mean a walk in the park or somethin..I prefer walkin through a book store 😀
When i read a book its almost like Im drawn into the world that the author has created and Im this invisible observer. Makes me feel powerful… I can pause this wonder world when I want to. So this one time I was readin Harry Potter the one in which Dumbledore dies…I cried n cried n cried…I cried when Snape kills him, I cried when Harry cries, I cried through the funeral…and next day I wake up with these puffy red eyes. So my sis asks me wats wrong and I go “Dumbledore died…sniff sniff sniff”.And she thought I was a complete nut case.
But wat the hell…I love books ppl, they work like magic on me. So I would say, those of you who haven tried readin a book try it now who knows you might actually like it!!
For starters…I would recommend:
Harry Potter (It might seem like a book for kids but believe me it’s awesome)
PG woodhouse ( a Hilarious read)