The Generous Book Lover: #WordlessWednesday

“Some women have a weakness for shoes.

I can go barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness for books.”  

Oprah Winfrey

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         The Generous Book Lover

6:14 A.M. , 10th October, 2018

Backstory: It’s Wednesday yet again, and I have begun to love my Wednesdays more than before. And why not? My #WordlessWednesday post goes live, I get to read some exclusive ones in the linky, and go for my early morning walks with my friends. The icing on the cake, these friends are bibliophiles (book lovers), also biophiles or biophilia** (those who love life and all that is alive), and fitness enthusiasts to boot; just like me. I walk with these friends thrice a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday for an hour; our start time being 5:30 A.M.

I have been a bit under the weather off late. Last evening the fever crept in again and I could not schedule my post a day in advance, like I usually do. Well,  I determined to feel better after popping in a Crocin Cold and Flu, did my Reiki healing before I turned in, and was blessed to wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, for my morning jaunt. I also smashed my exercise goal by five extra minutes today.

I’ve never been much of a “walk” person; cycling, running, strength training being my preference any day. But thanks to a long drawn knee injury, walking has become a habit now for over a month. And believe you me, I’m loving it. I even walk my dogs in the morning these days.

I realise when we walk, we stumble upon the most unexpected. A lone peacock calling out to its mate, the divine Night Jasmines/Shiuli carpeting the roads,  discovering a new flower or tree , bumping into a friend, or the four-legged friends of mine, who live around the block and so on, so forth.

The world is brimming with goodness all around us. We just have to open our eyes and look. Click To Tweet

The Generous Book Lover: Today was exclusive. I finally chanced upon the much talked about “Take a Book, Leave a Book” library. It stood gloriously holding more than a dozen odd books. It smelt of a fresh coat of paint and sat pretty, right in front of this generous book lovers home. What a beautiful concept this, ain’t it? I would think twice, before lending out my books in a manner such as this. I’m way too possessive about my books. I would worry about dog ears, losing a book here and there and what-have-yous.

But, this home maker with a PhD; Anupamaa Bakaya has gone right ahead and shared her precious books with the world at large. And in the process she gets to read the books that people leave for her in this little library box. Quite a circle of book love this!

Don’t you think, the world is brimming with goodness all around? We just have to open our eyes and look.

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Would you lend your books like Anupamaa does? Would you open out your heart and hearth to a concept like this? I’m having second thoughts now; maybe I would. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

**Biophile from Biophilia: (from Greek bíos, life and philía, attraction, love), a term that was first used by Erich Fromm, who defined it as “the passionate love of life and of all that is alive.”

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20 thoughts on “The Generous Book Lover: #WordlessWednesday

  1. Anupama Kak Bakaya says:

    Thank you so much for such wonderful words. I picked up the concept from the internet so I can’t take any credit for the idea. Is it because of my inherent goodness that I am confortable sharing my precious books with the world- well, I do not know!. I love my books and have through the years collected thousands. Some years back I thought that all this needs to be read by others too. So the “Take a book, leave a book” initiative. It has become a conversation starter for me with complete strangers who are passing by just taking a walk. Conversations have led to people just walking in and sharing a cup of tea with us. It has been more than heartwarming to see small kids on their bicycles coming in the evening to pick up the books.

  2. Obsessivemom says:

    Nope, I don’t think I’d be able to put my books out there for anyone to take. I’d worry for their safety because I don’t trust everyone out there. That said, I have to add that I’m pretty generous when it comes sharing books with people I know. And if it’s a book I’ve really liked I’ll push it onto someone who I know will love it. But leaving them out there, I wouldn’t do that.
    I’ve recently started walking outdoors and I agree with you that the morning sights and sounds are very rewarding.
    I do hope you’re feeling better.

    • Natasha says:

      Thank Tulika, for swinging by.
      Well, I’ve had a bit of a change of mind after writing this post. I have four-five huge cartons of my books lying in a storage company for the last 7/8 years. So now when I look back, I think to myself, it would have been so worthwhile to have shared those books with people who could have read them, then to have them gathering dust in a dark room, lying unopened and unread, and of being of no use to anybody.

      I have been meaning to get them back and return to my favourite list someday soon and probably circulate it with people who value books.
      Yeah, a bit iffy about leaving them unattended outside though. 🙂

      Yes, I am feeling so much better. Thank you Tulika. 🙂

    • Natasha says:

      Yes, Corinne, it is indeed out-of-the-box, here in India. But I’ve heard pretty much common place abroad. So glad to see people are opening their hearts out to such endeavours. Though I would be tad iffy to be doing so.

      Walking is one of the most mindful exercises I believe. Simple yet so powerful at so many levels.
      Thank you for the blog love. <3

  3. Alana says:

    We have what we call “Little Free Libraries” where I live in New York State . I know of at least three in the general area where I live. One is near a well-used playground. It’s a wonderful idea., especially knowing that the one you featured is run by one woman.

    • Natasha says:

      Wow, how fascinating Alana. Do you use them?
      Guess what, I found one more the other day on my walk. So we actually have two of these!

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

    • Natasha says:

      Oh, thank you so very much, Lusine. 🙂 So very kind of you.

      All the wishes helped, I’m feeling much better. So yes, thank you. 🙂

      Loving all your linkups with us here on #WordlessWednesday. 🙂

  4. Esha M Dutta says:

    What an amazing idea this is! I’d love to see the system work here in this country although I’m aware there does exist quite a few such libraries abroad. In the past, I’ve lent books to folks that never saw the light of the day! Consequently, I lost my books and vowed never to lend my precious books to anyone. It was the same with my son who lent his books to his friends and again, never had them back. But, isn’t this library such a lovely idea? And such a pretty one too! I feel like sketching this box for one of the Inktober prompts, Natz. 🙂

  5. Sanch @ Sanch Writes says:

    It sucks when cold and flu hits. Hope you are recovering well. We have this concept here run by different councils. But there’s also something a couple of women started called Books on the rail which involves leaving books on trains or public spaces for people to pick up and read and then pass on. I recently got involved in that and it’s a lot of fun.

    • Natasha says:

      Yes, I did hear about the Books on rail/MRT concept. Sounds so fascinating and magnanimous a deed by the people who are part of it. And Wow, and you are involved with it too. Sounds lovely.

      Yeah, the sinus and the flu can be quite a bummer, but I haven’t been doing the steaming etc., so had no other option but to suffer. Lol! But hey Im tad better now. Thanks Sanch.
      I’m so glad you shared your thoughts with me.

    • Natasha says:

      And you are one blogger who is so eloquent with her words, so I am assuming you would have been a voracious reader at some point of time.
      Do get back to reading Sunita, it gives far more happiness than a lot of things, including social media. No one to troll you, no one clutter your mind space with it’s endless offerings. 🙂

      Thank you so much Sunita for your regular comments. I always look out for your comments, as they have something unique to say. 🙂

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