Archive for June 2nd, 2011


I am rereading the book Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.  It’s been almost thirty-six years since I got hold of it.


I am not punishing myself because some of my friends say they wouldn’t dare  to repeat the experience. Once is enough. To each his own I guess. I would just want to see if it still holds the same fascination and curiosity the way it did thirty-six years ago. There are books and there are books that you just want to get in touch with again and again. It’s like getting to know a long-lost friend all over again.

I was exasperated when a  schoolmate made this remark that we should stick to love stories and leave the heavy reads to men. Oh my gosh, I almost fell off my chair when I saw that comment.  And I hope he got the message when I retorted, love stories are for high school girls. He kept quiet after that.  Some people could be so mean, they think they know everything. I hate guys who are assuming and all-knowing. It’s one thing to hear someone praise you but it’s another thing when someone tries to put you down.


That the books you read tell something about your personality. Your choice of reading materials clearly depends on the subjects you want to explore. Books are silent companions which make you laugh when you feel like shouting, they make you cry when you need to pour out your emotions while slowly hugging the pages.  And always, they make you smile because somewhere in your earlier life, you have experienced something like  what was exactly written in the book you are holding. I could not count the hours when books stood in as friends in my life. I could not count the times that they made life easier for me. Charles W. Eliot best described it when he said, “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ”

Do you agree?

I do.


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