What did you gift for this birthday?
What did you gift for the birthday before this?
And before that?
Before that too, it was a book.
And so? Do you think Dhruv is going to get another birthday invite?
Is there anything to think about this?
You are going to get black listed in your apartment complex for your choice of gift you send Dhruv with every time he gets a birthday invite. Mind you, he will not get any invites in future if you continue doing this. You know nobody likes to read books and this holds truer than true for children. Books as gifts are unappreciated, totally useless.
This was my mother’s advice from a year ago. This was not a happy news to me. Books bring me happiness and gifting books to children means all the more happiness. Still, I took her advice seriously because, for me, she is the representative of the huge crowd of people who have nothing to do with books. I stopped gifting books to little children. Instead I began gifting puzzles to children.
I very well remember when I got a book, for the first and last time, as a gift for my 7th or 8th birthday. The book was David Copperfield. I was not a reader then but it was the most fascinating gift for me that day. It took me a couple of years before I took to reading and finished reading the David Copperfield.
Another birthday season is going to start June onward, with people returning home after vacations and schools starting. This year I am going to make a difference and do what satisfies me most, irrespective of my mother’s advice from last year. However, she will not be complaining this time because, at present, even she aspires to read the 2 books I ordered for her on her request. Whether she showed interest or not, I have always been discussing with her what I read, unless it is romance. This time, the 2 books which caught her imagination are The Secret and Many Lives Many Masters (Hindi editions). The other book which I would like her to read is ‘Lean In‘ but unfortunately it is not available in Hindi edition.
Last when I spoke to her, she had read the first chapter of The Secret.