A man can be seen as a reflection of what he has read especially during his childhood days. We don’t realize it but those stories have shaped us to be what we are today. I remember reading Enid Blyton a lot during those days. She was the first author I read and she took me to a world so different from reality. Her collections of short stories have impacted me in some ways. I still cannot forget the story titled “Pennyworth of Kindness”. It was a really simple story that told the story of how a boy’s help to a random stranger with just a penny came back to him in full circle in a much enlarged form. I don’t know why it stayed with me, but it has. Since then, I have tried to help people whenever I can. It may sound selfish because I do want to see it come full circle to me like it did to that little boy. Whatever my motive behind it but it has made me a better person.
There was another story about minding your P’s and Q’s. A simple tale of a boy who didn’t have manners. He would forget his please and thank you ever so often. He was sent to a place where if he didn’t follow manners, things would stick on to him and would get off only if he said his golden words at appropriate places. That taught me to be polite and thankful for things. She also gave me the belief that every one and any one can be a hero if they want to be.
Books like Panchtantra, Jatak Kathayein, Akbar Birbal and Tenaliram were full of stories of intellect and moral. I grew up reading these books and they have moulded me into the person I am today. The stories you tell your kids when they are growing up can be a big factor in their psychological development. These stories, tales and fables are just not a mean to pass your time but they can direct you, guide you in the right direction. Those daily bedtime reads can impact you for your life even though you might not realize it. These things have a way to leave their imprints in our subconscious.
The books we read can have an influence on our future.