I am glad to share my story of how I became a book enthusiast. I was searching for job in Chennai, India, like most of the people who completed their graduation. So I rented a room in a mansion at Ranganathan Street, T.Nagar (Hope most are aware of the street which is famous for its frantic atmosphere). Every morning at 9:00 am, I used to leave my room and go out in search of a job and come back by around 5:00 pm in the evening. Bored and tired by the day long search and attending interviews I thought of exploring the street I was living in.
I used to go out to the street for time pass. After a week, I got bored with this too, and one evening I asked my roommate (who was from Andhra and usually left in the evening for CAT coaching class) to give an idea to kill my loneliness. He asked me whether I would like to read books, I said to him “I am not at all interested in reading books, in fact I hate them”.
He asked me to “just read this book once and I will feel the difference”, and handed me the book “5 Point Someone” written by Chetan Bhagat. I took it half heartedly and started reading it. I lost the track of the time, the story was so interesting that I was absorbed totally into the book and even forgot to take my supper. I suddenly realized it was around 11:00 pm in the night and went out to have my supper.
Then after, whenever I found time, I read that book and finished reading it within a week. This was the beginning of my passion towards reading books. Soon after this I started reading more and more of them. I also read few other books by Chetan Bhagat (which my roommate gave), Sydney Sheldon, Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, Salman Rushdie and the list is still growing. Now wherever I go or find time I will have a book in my bag to read. The habit of reading books not only became my hobby but also improved my spoken English and with the help of this I got a job in a leading BPO industry for taking inbound calls from USA.
So guys, if you think you are weak in spoken English or don’t have good delivery of speech take my word for it and start reading few books. Try to read books by Indian authors in the beginning because they use simplest of the languages so it becomes easy to understand and after that you can increase your momentum by reading books by foreign authors.