Philosopher Paul Watzlawick, in his 5 axioms of communication, said, ”You cannot not communicate.” This holds true for every creature, especially every person, irrespective of age and gender. Verbal and non-verbal or written expression is how we tell people what is on our mind, and the worst punishment possible for a child is to be asked to kept quiet, or when he is isolated and not spoken to!
Books have been an integral part of our lives. They have communicated knowledge and ideas to us through the ages, and this is what makes them ageless and still loved in an age of digital domination.
Have you ever wondered how books came about to be? Scholars of language and communication point to a practice of tablet-scribing or wood and stone carving of different drawings, which were then transformed to letters of language, in the civilization of Mesopotamia. Rolled manuscripts or scrolls have been found in Egypt, and leaf manuscripts were soon replaced by papyrus pages in China.
The first printing press came about in 1439, and Johannes Gutenberg of Germany printed the first Holy Bible. And this was when literature and scholarly ideas were ready to be distributed for public consumption.
Books contain novel ideas, wonderful experiences, and let the reader embark a journey on the lines of the writer. The power of translation has made available to us the ideas of different people in different countries. Travel journals, biographies, imaginative fiction full of romance, thrill, imagination or horror have captivated the minds of old and young alike.
The New Age of the Internet threatened the existence of books, but even now many people remark that the smell and feel of paper and books is irreplaceable. Amid adaption of screens and Kindle to read or even listen to books, or adaptation of bestsellers like The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, The Fault in Our Stars starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgot, or back home Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States- The Story of My Marriage have been blockbusters and favourites.
Books not only develop language and vocabulary, they also tap into the cognition and imaginative prowess of readers. Book readers will always hold the experience of reading higher above in contrast to cinema or serial adaption since they give us the liberty to create a screenplay best suited to our tastes and expectations. The speed and intensity of feeling the emotions and experiences of a book lie on us.
We are happy to bring this magic of literary expression to our readers, by starting a Literature and Books section. Here you will find book reviews of exceptional literature ever written and read, and how this book will change your life.