Books and Me

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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

Bachapan ke saathi...:-)
Bachapan ke saathi…:-)

As I grew, I shifted my loyalty to Sidney SheldonJacqueline 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.

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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. 🙂

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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 CallsWake-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. 

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This post if written as part of Write Tribe Festival of Words 2. Today’s prompt is ‘BOOKS‘.

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28 Replies to “Books and Me”

  1. Nice, this post was a walk down memory lane with books, wasn’t it. And yes, people like you who read a lot are really troublesome patients for doctors 😀

  2. i guess every book addict’s childhood is ruled by Nancy Drew, Enid Blyton, Tinkle, Champaks, Chandamamas and Gokulams… mine was no different… loved reading your take on the prompt.. i too have many books in my to be read stack, eagerly waiting to be read….

  3. Agree about well read patients being troublesome for doctors. I have given enough nightmares to my doctors, but then I was a Science student and then worked in Pharma sector for a decade! I love reading quotes and sayings too. wake-up calls sounds interesting, will check it out!

  4. I have heard we should never consult google about health issues! I guess I will ask you from now on. 🙂 I must try and get a copy of that favourite book of yours. It also looks so good too. 🙂

  5. The problem with me is that if I read about an illness or its symptoms, I immediately start imagining them happening to me!! My Mom is a doc and I used to pester her all the time, convinced that my tummy pain meant that my appendix was about to burst! Sigh!! I’m quite a pain for doctors too – within my home and without!

  6. Rekha…most of us share the same interests when it comes to books related to school life. Enid Blyton and all the comics like Amar Chitra Katha, Indranjal, Chandamama brings back nostalgia. I was a huge fan of Phantom and Mandrake 😛 I am amazed that your read that book related to medicines..Kudos to you 😉

  7. Hey that book sounds interesting – wake up call. Oh I know about patients who read up too much.. But then there’s no harm in being informed specially when it’s about yourself.

  8. Oh, you’re one of those “medical” readers. Doctors hate us (yes, I’m one of them too). Rekha – you are simply outdoing yourself with every post. IT just keeps getting better and better !

  9. That’s an interesting reading habit. I have a lot of interest in Medicine and nutrition. And due to the nature of my work, I read about new and interesting subjects that is fun.

  10. Hi Rekha, I have also read all these books for children, but not when I was a child. I read them when my children used to read them. I was also a cancer patient and my surgery in Safdarjang Hospital.That was twelve years ago. I had to take medicines for five years.

  11. Loved reading about your lifelong love of books. I had to smirk a bit thinking of my 8 year old son has already went through a phase of examining anatomy books and reading about the different systems of the body. We went from story time at bedtime to reading about body parts. Now he is immersed in fiction and reading well past his grade level and enjoying every minute of it. ♥

  12. Oh yes Rekha! We readers are truly troublesome in ways. And love it that you could translate your love for books into a profession. I always wanted to open a bookstore. But given the benefits of online shopping I fear I will be left dusting my books! :p I would love to work in publishing some day. Amen to that! 🙂

    Lovely post.

  13. Your bookshelf is fabulous! 🙂
    and the cover of the book you were gifted is just cute!

    I still love comics and Archies are still a favorite! 🙂

  14. Really nice Post about Books! Instantly connected with me. 🙂
    ‘Champak, Gokulam, Tinkle, Archies, Tintin and the likes, I also read the Secret Seven, Nancy Drew, Enid Blyton.’ – Even I did this except for Balarama that you have in your list!
    Sorry to learn about the Cancer you had to face. Hope it was detected early and all is fine now.

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