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
How to Nurture a Friendship
- Length: 500 words (1.4 double-spaced pages)
- Rating: Excellent
How to Nurture a Friendship
A friend is someone who cherishes the special moments and memories of
life with another person. A friend is a trustworthy companion.
Friendship is a relationship which takes time to build. There are many
steps and stages to achieving a true friendship. However, one can think
building a friendship is like planting a garden.
For many people, planting a garden represents, devotion and
leisure. It takes patience to grow a garden, frustrations and
hardships are also involved in the process. Firstly the seed is
planted. The seed builds the foundation of a strong and stable
plant. It has to be taken care of and watered daily. Then the
shoots start sprouting, the plant is finally flourishing. One
can see day by day the garden maturing. Then one day the garden
starts to wilt, its dying. One has to tend to it and have the
patience and determination to bring it back to life. It
frustrates one to see the insects and predators preying on the
beautiful garden that once existed. But hard work and devotion
regains the gardens beauty and gives it life again. Soon a
shoots blossom an bloom into beautiful flowers. The charm and
divine beauty of the garden is a wonderful enlightening sight.
Building a friendship has similar characteristics. One meets a
person and plants the seed of friendship. The friendship builds
and continues to grow stronger. It requires devotion of time
and patience to achieve peak communication between the two
companions. The struggle to keep a solid friendship includes
many obstacles and hardships. But compromising, devotion and
the willingness to endure is bound to payoff in the end. As
Bernard Wolf quotes ^It takes a long time to grow an old
friendship^. Friendship has its good and bad times. There comes
a time when the relationship is just not working. It is
preoccupied with disagreements and quarrels. It is on the verge
of destruction. One must have the patience to deal with such
frustrations. The willingness and determination to get the
relationship working again come within. Compromising and
persistence rebuilds the friendship and is once again
reestablished. As Socrates once said ^Be slow to fall into
friendship, but when thou art ! in, continue firm and
constant^. The friendship is blooming and is finally on its peak. Its
great to have a strong and stable relationship which allows the two
companions to share the joys and memories of life together.
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Friendship Hard Work True Friendship Bad Times Patience Devotion Seed Disagreements Bloom Frustrations
If building a friendship can be compared to planting a garden
then perhaps some of its frustrations and problems can be
better understood. The true meaning of friendship is achieved
by understanding its relativity to planting a garden. A person
who builds a friendship as planting a garden can overcome the
obstacles of it very easily. The symbolism becomes clear and
precise. Friendship and planting a garden can both be said as
^give and take^. The more effort and persistence put into them
the more stronger and everlasting happiness can be accomplished.