Books (Books are our best friends)
Books are our best friends, there is a saying. Books are the ones which give us an enormous amount of knowledge. We go to school and learn a lot of new stuff. We are taught a lot of things and we are told some things. But to completely understand all concepts in the subjects, we need to read and consult the books.
The people who tell, teach or advise us are not always there with us. But the books are always with us. We can refer to them and clarify our doubts or remind ourselves of some point we have forgotten or learn a point which we have not looked into so far.
Books may be costly to buy. But good books are worth more than the money. They give something more than money can give. When we are traveling and have to spend time on the journey, it is good to read books. When we are at home and have nothing very important or urgent to do, it is better to read books. The time is well spent and we gain interesting things.
We need to put the books to good use. We need to organize them well. We need to read the right kind of books at the right time. Often some people with disturbed minds try to read the great and sacred epics like Ramayana or some Sthothras of Gods to keep their minds occupied and to regain peace of mind.
Books written by great persons generate noble thoughts in us. They give us analytical skills. They help in the conceptualization of concepts and practical problems. People sometimes ridicule some serious book readers. It is important to be practical in applying the knowledge gained from the books and not just remain readers.
Good use of books means learning the appropriate knowledge, let it be technical, language skills, or general knowledge, or fun-related stuff. We shine with a bright face and have more confidence in ourselves when using the books. It is also very important to note down important points, thoughts, doubts, or footnotes in a good notebook when we read the book.
We should use the books carefully without damaging them. We should keep them safe from a wet environment and keep them away from dust. We should not make a lot of drawings or funny and crazy remarks on the books, ridiculing anybody or any concept. One good advantage of using books is that we can select what we want, we can read what we want and whenever we want.
In the modern world, books are also changing their appearance from the hard copy in paperbacks to ebooks on the Internet. It depends on whether we are comfortable reading a hard copy or a soft-copy on the computer. Finally, I will say that we have progressed in this age this much because of the great laws, concepts, sciences, thoughts, inventions, discoveries, and their efforts that were documented by our ancestors in the form of books. Those books have accelerated the progress of our civilization.