De­cline in book read­ing

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

H M SO­HAIL

“None could be a per­son’s best friend as com­pared to friend­ship with books” is a fa­mous adage fol­lowed by book lovers in old golden days. There was a time when book lovers al­ways re­mained in search of good books ev­ery­where, they con­sid­ered books as their best friends and thought noth­ing was as sat­is­fy­ing to their read­ing in­stinct as the habit of read­ing lat­est and in­ter­est­ing books.

No doubt, read­ing is one of the most im­por­tant ways of ed­u­ca­tion and there­fore the books are very pow­er­ful as they can be read by a large num­ber of peo­ple and thus opin­ions re­flected in the books spread. But un­for­tu­nately, it has be­come a rare fea­ture nowa­days. Book read­ing habit is on the de­cline be­cause of rapidly in­te­grated com­puter tech­nol­ogy where any­one could ac­cess any­time by spend­ing a mea­gre amount and, that too, without leav­ing their homes.

An­other rea­son for the de­clin­ing of book read­ing is that peo­ple can­not af­ford costly books. Nowa­days peo­ple are so busy in their life that they have no time to read books. Peo­ple are more likely to read books on­line as it is hand­ier and saves time. It is im­por­tant to un­der­stand the value of books. Peo­ple should know that the knowl­edge and ed­u­ca­tion, which we can gain from the books, we can­not gain it from on­line read­ing. —Karachi

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