At the present time I have no plans to read any book in the coming weeks. If you insist, I would like to re-read the following books:
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
- The Razors Edge by Somerset Maughm
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
- Pather Panchali by Bibhuti Bhusan Bandopadhyay
- Satyakam by Narayan Sanyal
- Gora by Rabindranath Tagore
I think certainly a reading habit is essential for personal growth of a human being. Studying books related to curriculum enriches a person by increasing his knowledge in professional sphere. Reading above and beyond area of specialization widens the base of a student.
But reading literature broadens his mind and widens his sphere of awareness. It is often argued that science is exact, science is logical. Those who enroll in scientific disciplines argue based on facts. It is also argued that humanities disciplines are fictitious. A man conjures up ideas in his mind, which may or may not be true picture of reality. I do not disagree.
But it should be borned in mind that while science may be logical on day to day sphere. Science that has been worked out to address our daily needs may be logical because it is well understood, those who are charting unexplored frontiers of science, need strong imagination to visualize what is happening. Based on those ideas experiments are designed and hypothesis is tested.
Personally speaking my awareness of social issues have increased reading great literature of Rabindra Nath Tagore, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Bibhuti Bhusan Bandopadhyay to name a few. Great literary works have moved people to participate in freedom movement of India. So in short, I think it is very important to read books, specially books of literature, outside the sphere of ones curriculum.
The present post is written in response to Indispire prompt. Similar posts may be found here.