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Books, grandpa and lessons...

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The Japanese literary great Haruki Murakami said, 'If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.' Books are that axe which titillate one's soul. But how does one go about reading the right kind of books? What got me writing about this was when I posted some pictures from my library on social media. The idea was to share my personal journey; which necessarily a potential bibliophile may not follow. I've always believed reading is your own personal jaunt. As adults we can encourage and suggest especially to youngsters what books to read. That is how and where I picked my love for them.

Each Sunday without fail my grandfather’s cousin and bosom buddy Khwaja Ali Buchh would drop in at our place, in his crisp white kurtas: a man of impeccable honor and love for books. What would transpire in next few hours would absolutely enthral the curious kid in me. From Babur’s battle at Panipat to Jinnah’s jibe at Molvi Yusuf Shah, they........

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