As a child, my best companions were books. I was attracted to reading stories growing up as a child – the Amar Chitra Katha series of Indian mythologies, the Tinkle magazine for contemporary Indian stories, Tin Tin and all English classics offered by the British-based Ladybird Books. I loved the illustrations in these books and the magical world they created!
In 2007, I watched a television documentary called “Why we fight!”. It showed the exploits of the CIA in Iraq well before Saddam Hussein became who he was. This was a big moment for me as I never knew the role of imperialist powers in the modern world (beyond the world wars) up until then! I walked to a brand new ultra-modern library nearby my then home in San Mateo, California. Soon, I found non-fiction books as a great source of knowledge. This also made me realize for the first time, the hollowness of school books, television news and newspapers in what they present to the public and how they do it! Ever since then, I tried to better my worldview through the narration of several great writers.
I am open to reading more books along the way as long as I can find the time, patience and energy to gobble up the vast expanse of knowledge and wisdom locked in the minds of others and showcased in a book!
Several writers, authors and personalities are continuing to shape who I am as a person and I am ever indebted to them for making me whatever I am and will be. I have learned to unlearn and re-learn and I shall continue this journey forever…