This post is out of sheer reverence for books. Not meaning technical stuff, no office work. Books, books. Read just for leisure.
Of late I could not get time for myself. I was unable to get time to read books. My friend introduced me to audiobooks. I was skeptical about “listening” to books in the beginning and to be honest it did take some time getting used to it. I faced some challenges because of my short attention span. I had to rewind to hear some bits every now and then. But it was not a major hurdle. I have come to believe that, perhaps, resistance to audiobooks was more of a mental block than a real problem.
I realised that I spend 40–60 minutes walking every day. I am student so in my case it is room to university, between the departments, to institute, to grocery store and other such combinations. You know what I mean. Apart from this, I also visit gym 2–3 times a week for about two hours. These bits of time were not productive but un-skippable. These are the times I now fill with audiobooks.
A nicely read book is a treat. It is an experience, pardon me for saying this, but better than reading at times. There are some readers / recorders who have enriched the experience. At times, it is very authentic. At other times, it is very exotic.
Then there is Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, where the reader does justice to Haruki Murakami’s work. This, I need not say, is no easy feat.
What was once something I was averse to now motivates me to go to the gym! I feel more content now that I know I would not be missing on books even if I don’t get time to read one!