Thursday, January 26, 2012


Read and expand your world

  • Thursday, January 26, 2012
  • Arunthathi Kanagaratnam
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  • Unlike in the days of your parents, today you have many technological devices to help you pass your leisure time. Most of you must be spending a great deal of time on playing computer games, browsing the Net, meeting friends on Facebook, SMSing your friends etc.

    However I am sure reading too still remains at the top of the list of your favourite hobbies though how you read must have changed over time. It could be that today most of you read books on the computer (E-books) rather than the print version.

    No matter whether you read an electronic book or a printed book, what is important is your interest for reading. There are millions of books written on various subjects, but you should be careful to select what suits you best. Your parents and school teachers may definitely help you select suitable books for you.

    Hope you all are familiar with J.K.Rowlings' Harry Potter series. In our country Martin Wickramasinghe's 'Madol Doowa' still remains a favourite children's read. So are the children's books written by Janaki Sooriyarachchi and Sybil Wettasinghe. I am sure you have read Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. Fairy Tales too are interesting reads. Be careful to give equal attention to subject related books that you study in your schools as well. As the Former US President Abraham Lincoln said "A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others"

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