Apr 2, 2013

B is for Bookworms !


I am not really too fond of worms. Icky crawly things I tell you. The only worms I love are book worms for the simple reason that I am one. 

A book worm is not just someone who loves to pick up an occasional book at times. It’s not that easy to get entry into the prestigious ranks of Bookworms. Being a bookworm is hard! A bookworm eats sleeps and breathes books and reaches the abysmal depths of depression if she should happen to find herself without one! We Bookworms are tormented souls. If we are forced to keep our book down to attend to the unnecessary tasks of eating sleeping or working, our mind remain in turmoil as we wonder what will happen next in the book.

Bookworms are ingenious when it comes to reading. We have the ability to read anywhere. I have read while waiting in queues and while standing in buses being jostled by a 100 odd commuters. I have read books hidden under a blanket with the help of a torch when it was well past my bed time. I have read in the loo when my family thought I was in bed asleep. I have read as I waited for a surgery to happen and I have managed to block out post op pain with the help of a book. I even wanted to carry a book with me in the OT and read but the surgeon squashed that idea by putting me under a general anesthetic!

For a true bookworm books takes precedence over everything. My Nephew, who is just 8 sat through his Birthday Lunch with his nose buried in the book that we had just gifted him for his birthday. Now that is a true bookwork I tell you ! As children my brother I never fought over games but we fought about who will get to read the issue of Readers Digest or Target magazine first.

I remember Gerald Durrell’s my family and Other Animals was one book I simply couldn’t put down. I even took it to school and read it in my economics class hidden under the text book. I can’t tell you much about the Theory of Demand and Supply but I can tell you all you want to know about Gerald Durrell’s adventures In Corfu !

Bookworms become oblivious to everything else while they read. The characters in the book become real to us. We identify with them, live the life they are leading. Everything else is unreal. We get a reality shock when we finish a good book and finally emerge out to realize that a world actually exists beyond the book.

And no bookworm true to his name would never ever prefer a movie over a book. Although movies are a visual experience I feel books are better because when you read a book, unlike a movie you don’t have to stick to the images shown to you. You can bring the characters and situations alive by using your own imagination!

No activity of ours is complete without a book. For us a comfortable couch has no meaning unless we have a book to curl up with. The aroma of steaming coffee is lost on us unless we have a book to read as sip it. We never venture out on a journey without a few books to read. A book is a perfect companion. You can never be alone as long as you have a book with you. 

Books are my solace, my refuge, something I always turn to when I am feeling down. A book is pure happiness, something as essential as the air I breathe! 


64 comments:

  1. I do so agree. I may not be the bookworm you are, but I feel just like you do most of the time and get irritated at being dragged away to eat or sleep. As for carrying books, now I have a Kindle I can carry masses of books with me all at once. Great invention.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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    1. I love the feel of a book in my hands .. Thats the only reason I have been resisting buying a Kindle. But I agree, its awfully convenient.

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  2. I guess I don't qualify as a book worm... I don't get easily involved and unless I don't get involved in a book I dont go past the first 1 or 2 chapters !

    but well I do read... ! My wife is sort of romantic bookworm... she cant do without reading her romantic set of novels... she wont read anything else though ! :P

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    1. There are many people who stick to a certain genre of books .. As for me I devour anything and everything !

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  3. Another attribute is the inability to let go of the most boring book. Even if the first 100 pages are terribly boring, I cannot stop no matter what till I finish :)

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    1. I hear you !! Once I have started a book I simply have to finish it !
      Welcome here :P

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  4. I was also a bookwork during my school and university days. then life took over and the books went to the shelves. Kindle has sparked that urge to read again. My family and other Animals was my std 9 literature book! It's a book I won't forget either.

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    1. Its one of my favorite books.I simply love Gerald Durrell !

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  5. Books over movies any day! :) I love books. Period.

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  6. Books, books and more books. I love my world. Fab post Ruchira. Sharing it!

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    1. Thanks for sharing ! Glad you liked it !

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  7. I am proud to be a bookworm too. A book has to be there with me all the times... in the bag, on the bed side table and yes, I can read anywhere too! Liked your topic for the day! :)

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    1. I have books in the bathroom too :) And I always carry a book where ever I go !

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  8. You've read Gerald Durrell too?! I still have most of his books and re-read them whenever I want!

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    1. I have been reading him since school and I am still hooked to his books ! I must have re read them a billion times !

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  9. Bookworms like me read and re-read books they love! Loved this post as it made me realize I am not the only one who falls in love with characters and takes a while to come back to the real world after finishing a good book. Sometimes I think, you can judge a book by what you feel after its over!

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    1. So well said - I usually judge a book by how I feel after I have read it and how many times I feel like re reading it !

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  10. A perfect post describing "Us"..I too have read in the loo, under the blanket, buses, train, flight, vacation...you name it!

    And agree with you Akanksha, I have re-read so many of my favorites!

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    1. Some people dont seem to understand the point behind re reading .. But how can you simply read a good book just once !

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  11. I swear you were speaking for me. I am that sort of a book worm. I can read and read and read! Through the night, day, waiting in court amidst rioters and murderers, at McDonalds, on a metro ... just about anywhere. Though dental waiting rooms and food courts are the best places to read in (in my opinion)

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    1. I think books act as pain and stress relievers too :P

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  12. Perfect but am not a book worm even if I prefer a book where ever I go but I dont read in such a fast pace. I have read tinkle in loo , Chandama and readers digest also like u told :D and U brought back Harry potter memories as I always finished them in class. When I was questioned about the properties of acids and bases I could only imagine the potions class ;) and the love potion :D
    Good read Ruchira

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    1. Ahh The glorious days of Harry Potter !

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  13. Ha ha ha lovely post with such an adorable picture to match :) Book worm ...perhaps readholic would be more appropriate :) My elder son is a lot like your nephew .When I take him to a bookshop, he completes one book sitting out there :)

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  14. Wow! Ruchira, You described bookworms so perfectly. I found myself nodding constantly, except for the surgery bit. I was too busy clutching my stomach in pain to think of reading then. Also, the part where you described your brother and you fighting over RD was lovely. My brother and I used to do that too. Nice to know that you are a kindred soul.

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    1. Lovely to meet another kindred soul !Welcome here !

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  15. Many people are going to relate to it completely. Proud to be in the elite class called Bookworms. :P

    you have hit the bulls eye in the part where you have put books over movies and the reason for doing it.

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    1. If you prefer books over movies - you don't love books at all !

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  16. Nice article. I agree. Btw, Gerald Durell used to be one of my favorites too. But the escapist in me started preferring the fiction of Willard Price over the reality of Gerald Durell.

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    1. I love Gerald Durell. The Corfu series is my favorite.

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  17. Ah yes I recognise the symptoms as I have them myself. I love books too, in fact have a small library at home :) My sister and I used to fight over who will read a book first whenever we got one from the library during our Summer holidays.

    Lazy Pineapple

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    1. My dream is to have a room in my house that just has loads of book shelves, a comfy couch and green plants !

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  18. soooooooooo agree to it ; and yes books over movies any day. well written post ruchira :)

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    1. Thank you ! Glad you enjoyed it !

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  19. I so so agree with you!

    Books books books books any day :D

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    1. True ! What is life without books !

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  20. Books are my fave getaway, too!
    Damyanti @Daily(w)rite
    Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

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    1. Welcome here ! Yes, you can loose yourself in a book !

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  21. Loved this, Ruchira. So much sounded like me.Worms of a .....crawl together? ;)

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  22. Nice post! Indeed i find active bloggers as avid readers hence they might not be bookworms but blogworms. i liked d poster as well :)

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  23. Before reading your post, I thought I was a bookworm but now I feel I have to be a little more mad to be in that category. BTW, the post op thing is true for me as well. Books are pain reliever.

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    1. How true - books work better than painkillers !

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  24. "If we are forced to keep our book down to attend to the unnecessary tasks of eating sleeping or working, our mind remain in turmoil as we wonder what will happen next in the book." - Yes, I know that feeling, and the part about being oblivious to everything else rang true for me too!
    Wonderful tribute to bookworms!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you liked it. Welcome here !

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  25. Worms of the same skin wriggle together??? Same pinch.

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  26. I am guilty tooo of carrying it everywhere from loo to OT to loo to overcrowded buses to using it too drown away my sorrow took. onone true companio. indeed ;)

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    1. Yes books are handy in all situations !

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  27. I agree with you 100 %. Thinking of sneaking a book into the OT makes you the Queen Book worm :)Adore this post of yours.

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    1. Queen of book worms ! I like that title !

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  28. I was like that till I downloaded some of those pesky apps on my phone. And Gerald Durrell is my fav.too. I also took a book to the hospital for my 1st baby's birth, of course, did not manage to read a word!

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    1. I prefer books over pesky apps ! Try Kindle !
      Welcome here :P

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  29. Three cheers to all the bookworms!!!

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    1. Three cheers indeed ! May our tribe grow !

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  30. All above blog-walkers have said enough on book-wormish nature of human beings and there nothing left for me to write. As for me I am a bookworm since my very boyhood. And I had an habit of reading any printed matter may it be the Bible or porno. But probably I could not gather any wisdom worth mentioning. Till today I spend hours in reading books specially printed matter. I don't get much pleasure in reading the soft copy on my computer. However when I go to retire to my bed I take my tab and read some books saved in the tab.
    I really appreciate your thought-provoking creation.
    Nice blog ! Keep it up !

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    1. i always read before sleeping ! Thank you so much for visiting. I am glad you like my blog !

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  31. My professor warned me the other day when I was found reading books in the time I was supposed to write my reports! Lol! I tried explaining him how essential it is for me to read when I am in the lab and in between experiments and once he understood he quietly obliged! Then he revealed a secret, he was a compulsive bookworm himself! :P

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  32. //reaches the abysmal depths of depression if she should happen to find herself without one
    THAT is me, with a gender change of course. :)
    Believe me, if there is a gap of even a single day between two books, I go in an instant depression. And I have a portable light to read in my office bus. :)

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  33. Happy to find another bookworm from India :)

    You have reviewed a rare set of books...that is my first impression when I skimmed the 'Books' label in your blog...Being a bookworm, isn't that behavior pretty normal for me?

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