Last week I visited a bookshop after ages. It was nice to browse through the aisles of books. I love holding a book in my hand, reading blurbs and deciding whether I will like the story and the author’s writing style. I enjoyed picking up random books and reading a page or two. I flipped through a graphic novel, many fairytales and several novels.
Sadly, the bookshop (one of the biggest in Bangalore) was quite empty. Except for me and a couple of other people, most of the other shoppers were on the first floor, buying tiffin boxes and other stuff.
Earlier bookshops were filled with eager readers. I just hope the reason the bookshop was empty was that people are buying books online. And not because people have lost interest in books. It makes me sad to see lots of bookshops (both big and small) closing down.
A long time back, bookshops would be packed with children during summer holidays. Children eager to spend their pocket money and birthday money. But, nowadays kids aren’t reading that much. Nor are the adults. The youth prefer hanging out at malls or playing pool or watching movies. But not reading.
I teach creative writing to degree students and I feel very bad that some of my students don’t read at all. The last book they have read must have been a fairytale. But what is heartening is that there are several students who are voracious readers and these students beg me to give them a reading list at the beginning of the semester.
Are you seeing a decline in people’s reading habits? Do you think children and youngsters are interested in books?
On another note one of my favourite blog buddy (Ninja Captain), Amazon bestselling author of the successful Cassa series - Alex J Cavanaugh, gave me the You Rock Award. Getting this award from Alex means a lot to me. Not only is he my inspiration, he is also someone I have connected with big time. He is such a warm, generous and kindhearted guy, that you just want to give him a tight hug and say thank you for being a part of my writing life. His humility (he is a blogging rockstar, he writes amazing books, plays the guitar) just takes my breath away. I am lucky to call him a dear friend. If any of you haven’t yet met him, do so now. Else you will be missing out on a great friend.