100 Days of Happiness – Day 20

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 the Bookshelf

100 Days of Happiness – Day 20


Today morning, some of my bibliophile friends and I were having a discussion. It was on which we prefer, paperbacks or eBooks. A month back, I might have closed my eyes and told without an ounce of a doubt, “I do not like eBooks. Give me paperbacks any day of the week.” But over the last month, I’ve read books on Kindle Fire, Nook Reader and of course, gone and taken the jump to buying my own Kindle Paperwhite. So I know there are advantages and disadvantages to both.

I’m currently reading the epic fantasy series – “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George RR Martin. Now when I say epic, I mean it. For those who are not familiar with the series, each of the five books released so far has 700+ pages at the very least. To read such a bulky book, the Kindle is quite helpful, because it’s light and I can read at a stretch without putting it down. Yet, the feel of paper, and reading a paperback is blissful. Before I read, I have a habit of breathing in the fragrance of that paper. It’s divine, and something the Kindle cannot recreate. So yeah, given a choice between the two, and convenience of course, I’d still say I prefer reading paperbacks. My mother might fret about the space it takes up, but my bookshelf is a thing of pride in my room.

Happiness is… rearranging my bookshelf, and reading random pages from random books as I do. Each page has the fragrance of a memory. And that makes each book quite priceless.

(© 12th 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 20”

  1. I agree the fragrance of a book is quite special. It takes us to a magical world, a world of letters and words in which we lose ourselves oblivious of time or tide. Rearranging books is a nice chore – helps us to go back to that world browsing those random pages. It’s like a pilgrimage 🙂

    • Yeah, Sreedeep. Fragrance is quite special, as are the covers! 🙂 Rearranging books is my favorite chore. Though my idea of how it should be arranged, and my mom’s idea of how it should be arranged differ. so it’s a conundrum. :mrgreen:

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