100 Days of Happiness – Day 9

It’s easy to find sadness each day, but to find a moment of happiness is difficult. Last year, I couldn’t bring myself to finish the 100 Days of Happiness challenge. This year, I am more determined to finish it — Counting down to 2016 with Happiness!


The Happiness of a Book Gift

100 Days of Happiness – Day 9


If there’s anything I love as much as if not more than writing, that is reading. It was my high school English teacher who said to me, “Reading a lot of good books will help you to write better as well.” And I realize the value and the truth of her words, how much they have helped me to become the writer I am. She encouraged me to read The Hound of the Baskervilles when other students leaned toward the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys type books.

I’m sure she’d have told me to read even non-fiction but I tend to stay well clear of that genre. When it comes to non-fiction, there are very few books that have wowed me. Looking over the last couple of years, Shweta Punj’s “Why I Failed” comes to mind immediately, “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom, and of course, “The Diary of a Young Girl” which still moves me when I take it up. But today, a book found its way into my shelf – a biography and one I know I’ll love to read.

Happiness is receiving “Football – Bloody Hell! – The Biography of Sir Alex Ferguson” as a gift. Happier it is, when the book comes on a day when Manchester United have won by a 2-1 margin in their match against VFL Wolfsburg. And happiest is when the friend who gifted this book to me is a fellow Red Devil and book lover who I’m yet to meet. It was a surprise, and an absolutely priceless one. I shall treasure this book always.

(© 1st October 2015)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

6 thoughts on “100 Days of Happiness – Day 9”

  1. Red Devils is a passion, a lifestyle, a beautiful art and a joy to watch. In my 20 years or so of admiration for Manchester United, I never found anyone even remotely close to the kind of passion I had towards that team. That is, until I realised you were a bigger fan! As we chatted, I thought why not surprise you. And like a bolt of lightning it hit me what you would like most probably. Impatiently, I set about procuring and sending it to you. The rest, as they say, is history!!!

    • I’ve a lot of memories that are associated with Manchester United, Sreedeep. 🙂 And I know people who are passionate about United, but their passion is one-sided, not realistic. And I had other things common with them to overshadow the discussions. With you, I think the friendship began with books, but it was built on those umpteen discussions on United. I don’t know if I’m a bigger fan, but this gift is a priceless one. Thank you once again.! :mrgreen:

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