Tuesday, 30 May 2017

8 Steps to rapidly develop a long lasting reading habit

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I am glad you are giving your precious time right now to this post and I presume that you are very much interested in developing the precious habit of reading, therefore I hope this post provide solution to your problem and justice to your time.
Before jumping straight on the topic I would like you to take a deep breath and pay attention to the questions listed below -
Q. Has it happened to you that you have taken a New Year resolution to develop a reading habit and couldn’t abide by it?
Q. Do you feel bad about wasting time every day which you must have dedicated to reading books?
Q. Had you made up your mind to read last weekend but ended up watching a ton of movies?
Q. Or you don’t simply have a hobby and want to develop reading books as the main hobby?

If the answer of all these questions is ‘Yes’ then you are completely normal and are on the way of developing a reading habit and be a voracious reader. Although, you just need a little push!
To develop a reading habit you must first understand the basic issues which hinder you from reading consistently.

         1.       You get bored at the first page only.
         2.      You get your first yawn once you flip a couple of pages.
         3.      Your reading time is taken over by the telecast of your favourite movie on the television.
         4.      You simply procrastinate because you think that you will read tomorrow.
         5.      Or you don’t read because of numerous other reasons

So, if you face or have faced such obstructions then DO NOT WORRY!
This post will not only tell you how to develop a reading habit but the places you can use to make reading a big part of your life.
By going through these simple tips and, of course, following them you will be associating books and lots of knowledge to yourself.
      However, doesn’t matter how simple these tips are to implement but do remember that you are the one who will implement them; so I insist you to preserve your enthusiasm for the time span mentioned in the tips below.

·         (Day 1) Your Sleeping time - Pick Up the novel of Sherlock Holmes or any Ruskin bond book on day 1. It is mandatory that you consider a book in which the total number of pages does not exceed 200-220.

On the first day, you do not have to take out a specific time from your schedule in order to read the book.

When you wake up in the morning, you obviously take some time in coming out of the bed because of the after-sleep effect that engulfs the body and the mind. You need to make use of this time and begin reading the page 1 of the book. Keep reading and do not stop until 5 minutes are over.
You will have to stay true to yourself i.e. don’t distract for 5 minutes and after the time is over don’t think about reading at all.

"A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others" - Abraham Lincoln

·         (Day 2) Now, you will already be a day old in the world of reading, moving ahead step by step. It is the time for you to go in your balcony. Do not worry if your house does not have a balcony, just go by the window and pick up the same book, open the page bookmarked on day 1 and start reading again.

Do not stop reading until 10 minutes are over then close the book and do not think about the book or reading anymore.

"How well he's read, to reason against reading" - William Shakespeare

·         (Day 3) On day 3 you will realize that your mind has already formed a relationship with the book, but do not get carried away and restrict your reading to only 12 minutes.

I suggest, on day3, your luxurious sofa with super-soft cushions will be an ideal place to sit, relax and read for 12 minutes.

"Learning gives creativity, creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides knowledge, knowledge makes you great" - APJ Abdul Kalam

·         (Day 4)  Day 4 is the day to push your momentum up, therefore, increase your reading time to 18 minutes; it is an increment of 6 minutes but since you are already halfway so it will be a piece of cake for you.

The terrace might be a good place for performing the reading activity on day 4. However, beware of not looking elsewhere but in the book only.

Keep in mind that most people give up reading on day 4, why?

The answer is they become complacent about their success on the last 3 days.

"Books are only made so that they may point the way to a higher life; but no good results unless the path is trodden with unflinching steps" - Swami Vivekananda

·         (Day 5) Since you geared yourself up on day 4 it’s the time for you to relax because too much of everything is not at all good.

So, on day 5, you need to add 2 more minutes to your reading time and make it 20 minutes overall.

Please do note that you have to continue reading the same book during implementing these tips.

(The reason I mentioned the note above is because before publishing this post I gave it to a wise friend of mine for reading and he proved his wisdom by picking up 5 different books on 5 days. His action hit my head like a bazooka!)

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing" - Benjamin Franklin

·         (Day 6) I guarantee that you will feel really content on day 6 and it will be your time to rev the engine up and drag the reading time up to 25 minutes.

You will notice that reading the book will be a piece of cake for you now. You deserve a cake too today hence reading your book while eating your favourite pastry will add sweetness to your reading practice.

"Coming into contact with a good book and possessing it, is indeed an everlasting enrichment." - APJ Abdul Kalam

·         (Day 7) You need to do nothing special on day 7; it will be following day 6 again i.e. reading for 25 minutes but on day 7 make sure to sit in a chair and do it because it is said that a good and comfortable chair is the best place where the mind grasps quickly from the book.

     "Read 500 pages every day. That's how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest" - Warren Buffet

·         (Day 8) Day 8 carries the most essential tip but before proceeding with reading promise yourself not to give up here.

             You will already be finished with one cycle of reading by Day 8 and therefore you                    need to perform 2 more of these 7 days cycles. Once you stay consistent you will feel              content to see the number of pages you have finished in this process of developing                  the reading habit.

            The reason I am telling you to perform 2 more cycles is because every good habit                   takes 21 days to complete and come into role. This habit will stick to you for life if                   carried on for 21 days.

build a reading habit in just 8 days by reading for a few minutes

Wrap Up

Reading books can have a perennial positive effect on your brain; you will be able to grasp things quickly and bail yourself out of the petty problems that have bothered you hitherto.

Students looking out for a job often face problems of mentioning hobbies in their curriculum vitae. If you are a student and are going through this problem then this is your chance to add a good & ever-appreciated hobby to your resume.
People often say that they tried a lot but couldn’t succeed in reading books. But let bygones be bygones.

At present, you must give these 8 steps a shot and I assure you that you will see a big progress in your reading habit.
However, do keep in mind that these steps will accomplish last 90% of your task, but the first 10% will be covered by your commitment to develop a good reading habit.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

6 books your child must read at an early age to develop moral values

6 books your child must start reading at an early age to become close to perfect

There is an ancient saying that a child is an impersonation of God.

In this way, the expansion of the presence of the divine in our homes depends on how we raise our kids and children.

A father’s chest swells with pride when his daughter wins the dance competition; there seems no limit to a mother’s ecstasy when her 8 year old son becomes the first prize winner in an essay writing competition.

We leave no stones unturned in giving all the things that our children deserve; even the things which we, ourselves, could not have in our childhood because of various limitations.

It is suggested to encourage children to play games which boost their creativity, their ability to build logic.

A child’s mind is best developed between the age of 5-14 and this is the time when he/she can learn a new language, a musical instrument or build any habit possible.

So, it’s necessary that as a parent we remain aware of this fact.  The best habit which we must encourage our children to adapt is the habit of reading books.

If you have not yet started reading books to kids then do it as soon as possible. There are various popular children’s story books available in the book stores which you can buy for your kids.

Reading books to your kids not only helps them develop positive and creative thoughts but also help you spend some quality time with them.

#1  PanchTantra Stories

As a kid, I spent most of my time reading comics of Chacha Chaudhary and Panchtantra which is considered to be as one of the great books for kids.

I still remember the time when my father first brought the ‘Panchantra’ book to me and told me that I must spend some time with this book and that it could become my greatest pastime. I thought of trying it as I was totally bored of changing channels of the TV in the summer afternoons.

best stories for children - The Panchtantra

Believe me, it really worked.

You would be amazed at knowing that Panchtantra comprises of stories depicting animals as the main characters. More than 2000 years ago, a wise and kind king was disheartened learning the fact that his kids had the exact opposite qualities of him. They lack the adequate wisdom and were arrogant. 

The ministers of the king appointed Pandit Vishnu Sharma for imparting wisdom to the 3 princes, who vowed to educate them in 6 months of time.

Vishnu Sharma told stories of dignity, friendship and all the other worldly matters to the princes. 
The best part was that he depicted the characters in his stories by animals and fulfilled his promise made to the king in 6 months.

These stories later compiled by Vishnu Sharma are known as the Panchtantra and I would highly recommend this book as it contains age old good stories of morals and values for kids.

#2 Tinkle

Do you know that Tinkle is the most widely circulated magazine in India?

Started in 1980 by Anant Pai, the magazine contains short stories for kids, puzzles, and quizzes. 

The magazine characters Suppandi and Shikari Shambu are widely famous and still fresh even in the minds of those who had their childhood in the 90s.

Tinkle India's most widely circulated children magazine
Tinkle is published fortnightly and offers children a treasure of knowledge in the form of its section of extraordinary facts.

There are a lot of interesting puzzles and quizzes specifically designed for young adults which play a vital role in keeping them engaged and develop young minds.

Reading stories to your kids from Tinkle can make the time spent with your children cherishing and memorable.

Although Tinkle is one of the best comics for children but it is an interesting fact that it is very popular among adults too.

#3 Tintin

Tintin was created by the cartoonist Herge (original Georges Remi) in the year 1929.

Herge portrayed Tintin as a reporter of Belgian origin who along with his dog Snowy would embark upon a new adventure in each of the 24 comic books released hitherto.

The Adventures of Tintin one of the popular children's story books

The Tintin Comics are mainly characterised by the stories of Tintin beating the Villains from executing their evil intentions for the sake of maintaining peace in the World.

The other characters in the Tintin Comics are eccentric Captain Haddock, hearing impaired Professor Calculus, and ditsy cops Thomson & Thompson.

The wit possessed by Tintin to bail himself out of the difficult situations and the quality of being brave in tough circumstances are the two things which make The Adventures of Tintin a must read for your kids.

The comic books are also full of good humour created by its characters Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus and Thomson & Thompson.

The combination of excellent look and feel, humour and the message of good beating evil makes Tintin one of the great books for kids to read.

For your reference, I am listing down all the 24 comics of Tintin published till now –

·         Tintin in the Land of the Soviets
·         Tintin in the Congo
·         Tintin in America
·         Cigars of the Pharaoh
·         The Blue Lotus
·         The Broken Ear
·         The Black Island
·         King Ottokar's Sceptre
·         The Crab with the Golden Claws
·         The Shooting Star
·         The Secret of the Unicorn
·         Red Rackham's Treasure
·         The Seven Crystal Balls
·         Prisoners of the Sun
·         Land of Black Gold
·         Destination Moon
·         Explorers on the Moon
·         The Calculus Affair
·         The Red Sea Sharks
·         Tintin in Tibet
·         The Castafiore Emerald
·         Flight 714 to Sydney
·         Tintin and the Picaros

·         Tintin and Alph-Art

#4 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Series

recommended children's books - Diary of a wimpy Kid

The main character of this book series is Greg Heffley which is created by the American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney.

The Diary of a wimpy Kid book series is a great fiction work by Jeff Kinney and the entire book series is filled with humour and comedy arising out of the daily adventures of Greg Heffley.

The book is best suited for teenagers as Greg Heffley has also been portrayed as a teenager who has to struggle a lot in his school due to his trouble attracting demeanour.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - popular kids story books
Your kids must read this book, especially if they are teens, because they can mirror their life with all the stuff that Greg has to go through and the trouble he gets into all the time.

This book series totally defines all the habits a normal teen has, of which he is of course not aware, like sluggish nature, bad temperament, meanness, friendship and the zeal to get popular among the school crowd. 

Everything has been portrayed in a very amusing way in this book series by Jeff Kinney.

A child can also get familiar with his relationship with his own parents and siblings by reading about Greg’s relationship with his mother, father and his younger brother.

A child can realize how much annoying it becomes for his parents when they come to know about his activities which throw him in trouble as well as create predicaments for himself.

 Here is a list of all the books in the series –

·         Diary of a Wimpy Kid
·         Rodrick Rules
·         The Last Straw
·         Dog Days
·         The Ugly Truth
·         Cabin Fever
·         The Third Wheel
·         Hard Luck
·         The Long Haul
·         Old School
·         Double Down

·         The Getaway

 #5 The Famous Five

The famous five is a 21 Novel series written by Enid Blyton. The Famous five is about five children and their dog who take up a new adventure in each book.

My first encounter with this book was in my school’s library around 16 years back. I later figured that it was the 5th book in the series ‘Five go off in a caravan’ I borrowed it, started reading it the same afternoon and found myself completely engrossed in it.

I was so much in love with the book that somehow I convinced my library teacher to lend me all the other 20 in the series too.

As a kid, when I would read the book I would always wish to be the sixth character and solve mysteries or find treasure along with the other five.

The books are all about lost treasure, criminals and how the children beat the criminals. The Famous five is a great portrayal of team work, the children put in, to solve the mysteries.

The first book in the series ‘Five on a treasure Island’ was published in 1942 and the last of them was published in 1963. However, still millions of books of this book series get sold each year which suggests that is one of the most popular children’s story books.

Here is a list of all the 21 novels in the series -

·         Five on a Treasure Island
·         Five Go Adventuring Again
·         Five Run Away Together
·         Five Go to Smuggler's Top
·         Five Go Off in a Caravan
·         Five on Kirrin Island Again
·         Five Go Off to Camp
·         Five Get into Trouble
·         Five Fall into Adventure
·         Five on a Hike Together
·         Five Have a Wonderful Time
·         Five Go Down to the Sea
·         Five Go to Mystery Moor
·         Five Have Plenty of Fun
·         Five on a Secret Trail
·         Five Go to Billycock Hill
·         Five Get into a Fix
·         Five on Finniston Farm
·         Five Go to Demon's Rocks
·         Five Have a Mystery to Solve

·         Five Are Together Again

#6. The Mahabharata 

There are several books on Mahabharata available in the shelves of many book stores but since this is an article for the kids hence I would recommend The Mahabharata written by Samhita Arne.

Samhita Arne wrote Mahabharata at the age of 12 which makes it obvious that a child’s point of view has been narrated in the book.

The teachings provided by Mahabharata are very deep. The Mahabharata imparts wisdom to stand for the truth even if it is your family standing on the other side.

good books for kids to read - The Mahabharata

The whole plot of Mahabharata has been filled with ideas, inspirations and education in some form or the other.

Moreover, the plot is very vivid and interesting. Although there are many characters in this mythological book but primarily the tale of Arjuna is fascinating and the plot where his charioteer Lord Krishna explains him to control his emotions and stay adamant for the truth even if he has to destroy his own family members one by one.

The book offers best bedtime stories for children and the message of good winning over evil and truth winning over lie because of which I consider it to be one of the most recommended children’s books.

Wrap Up

Children are the future of any country. How the future of a country will turn out totally depends on the upbringing of the children and nurture of their talent.

There is a need for the children to figure out their own talent at an early age to keep their childhood free from stress. Obviously, if a kid has interest in what he/she does he/she will definitely enjoy doing it.

Therefore, a maturity level need to be developed in the children at an early age and this maturity level can come if we help them build reading habit. Reading stories to the kids, as stated earlier when they are very young, is a very good option and can be a happy beginning of a reading habit.

It should be kept in mind that story telling should be directed towards building a reading habit but not to intimidate them about the results if they do not maintain a good behaviour.

Imagine a country full of people who are well read, sports persons who are well read; lawyers and judges who are well read and who haven’t studied just to obtain an academic degree but who really respect their jobs.

If we need to materialize this vision then it is necessary that we all start now and place good books in the hands of our children.

So, which book you are planning to buy for your children?