READING for pleasure is a habit which is sharply declining. These days we do not see many young people reading books as much as we used to see in the past. Reading for pleasure means any reading that is primarily for enjoyment. It encompasses a wide range of genres and publications, and includes both fiction and non-fiction. For example, books on gardening or cookery can be read as instructional texts in order to carry out specific tasks, but can also be read purely for pleasure. Similarly, fiction is often meant to be read for pleasure - but may also be read for academic purposes.
Reading for pleasure is no longer restricted to the printed word but increasingly includes online reading, whether on a website, or via an e-reader such as a Kindle.
Aside from sheer joy of exercising the imagination, research shows reading for pleasure improves literacy, social skills, health and learning outcomes. It gives people access to culture and heritage and empowers them to become active citizens, who can contribute to economic and social development.
We only become enthusiastic about books when the February month arrives as it is the month of the international mother language day, but for the rest of the year we are negligent about buying or reading books. Reading books regularly helps us increase our knowledge, expands our vocabulary, improves our memory, sharpens our analytical skill, improves our focus and attention and also helps us improve our writing skill which can be a great asset in our personal and professional life.
Mohammed Sohel Hara