As I have been arranging the books in my library, one thing I sorely miss is the collection of books and magazines I had during childhood.
I distinctly recall this incident where a few of my friends were discussing a news story of some kids eating poisoned biscuits and dying – and I didn’t know what both poison and death meant. ( I was in the 2nd Grade ). A child’s mind works in a funny way. I took it in my stride and started reading right away.
The thrill of baba getting a book when he came home and the excitement to speed read it. And then re-reading it multiple times at leisure. Those were the days my friend.
Reading was not my favorite hobby. It was my only one. I was a shy child and there opened a new world of stories for me.
Listing a few of my favorite magazines/ books as a kid
1. Alice in Wonderland
Alice, a seven year old girl, sees a white rabbit and follows it down a rabbit hole. The magic of storytelling, putting logic aside and transporting you to a fantasy land like never before. I remember labelling food “eat me”, “drink me” at home an also having a mad tea party with my sisters.
2. Robinson Crusoe
I first read an excerpt from the book in a text book we had ( Guided English) , and it was so intriguing – I went and picked up the book. Robinson defied his parents and takes a voyage, gets marooned on an island and then uses his ingenious ways to survive.The version I had was one with red cover and I must have read it umpteen times end to end every summer holiday. Also those were the days of the silly dreams. We had a champa tree in our garden and I was most certainly convinced that digging the roots would lead us to some treasure. Why did I even grow up!
3. Chandamama, Champak, Nandan, Wisdom
The folk tales, the stories of the kings and kingdoms, the stories from Indian mythology, the “thoughts” or wise words in every page in Wisdom – ah the days of innocence. Solving the puzzles in books, the DIYs, trying the experiments – every little task was exciting . It was my job to read the stories out to my sisters and we used to have a fun time predicting the next in series story in the forthcoming editions. I remember reading about Neerja Bhanot in Wisdom and getting so moved. Sigh I don’t have a single copy of the years of the magazines I had. Just checked that all these magazines are still running. Drop me a comment if any of you have read them lately.
4. Panchantantra, Hitopadesh, Jataka Tales
Folk tales with animal and human characters with a learning lesson. Read the abridged versions of the books in English and used to love doing role plays then.
5. Adventures of Tom Sawyer
I had almost tried to convince my parents to build a wooden fence around our garden so that I could paint it. And I had used the reverse psychology concept I learned from the book on my sisters – making them do some chores and making it look like fun!
What are the books that you read as a kid?
Let me know any interesting stories you have to share!
Also these books make a fun reading even now.
Go get them and read!
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