Books have been a great part of my life.
No. No. Not that I was a voracious reader. I was just an average reader. I would say so because every week I would read up at least one book from the school library. The dust on the curriculum textbooks were dusted off only a day or two before the unit/terminal exams. All kinds of books were of interest to me, if they were not prescribed in the syllabus. My mother can vouch for that. 😛
Apart from Balarama, Champak, Gokulam, Tinkle, Archies, Tintin and the likes, I also read the Secret Seven, Nancy Drew, Enid Blyton.
As I grew, I shifted my loyalty to Sidney Sheldon, Jacqueline Susann and the likes. When I was in 10th standard and was supposed to be preparing for my Board exams, I caught hold of a 4-volume boxed set of Medical Reference Library by Time-Life gifted to us by a family friend. You won’t believe if I tell you that I had actually gone through almost all the various diseases, their symptoms, clinical tests and treatments described in those 4 volumes. I had always wanted to be a doctor and may be that’s exactly what invoked this interest in me. I had a special interest in cancer and its treatment because when I was in class VIIth, one of my uncles died of cancer. He was operated upon in Delhi and while he was undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, he stayed with us for a good time. He was too young and his second son was born the day he got operated for his malignant tumor. His death had a great impact on me. It was this episode that created my interest in the different types of cancer and its treatment. So I read every single piece of information I got on the subject in the online as well as offline space.
Later in my life, when I was prescribed the CA-125 test (a blood test for ovarian cancer) by our family physician, even though none of my family members understood, I knew what the purpose of the test was and I could also interpret the results of the test as well as the USG report to some extent. My gynae, Ms. Kamal Buckshee (retired HOD-Obstetrics & Gynaecology, AIIMS), would tell you how difficult it is to manage a patient like me who reads every single medical term that she uses during one consultation and asks her about all my doubts on the next. My mother till date believes that I fell ill because I read so much about the disease. If she watches me reading about any health disorder or illness, she immediately snatches it away. 😀
During my 12th boards and my graduation years, I had used many books by a particular publisher and as luck would have it, I got my first job with the same publisher. So there I am always surrounded by books, mostly related to technology and computer science. 🙂
Though there are many books that I have read and many that are queued up in my to-be-read collection, there’s one that I would like to highlight. One that finds a place in my wardrobe locker for a very special reason.
Wake-Up Calls by Joan Lunden
This was the first ever book gifted by Mr. Right, when he was just a colleague, much before our marriage. I am mad about quotes and sayings and this collection was just the perfect gift for me.
This post if written as part of Write Tribe Festival of Words 2. Today’s prompt is ‘BOOKS‘.