An excerpt from,,1429944,00.html.

The first para is good, and second para is something I identify with. And since some people have reported confusion if they just want to glance through my posts, from today I shall put what I quote from other sources in italics.

And on a purely personal and individual level, books have had a transforming and beneficial effect. As Julian Barnes so succinctly put it in Flaubert’s Parrot, “Books say she did this because. Life says she did this. Books are where things are explained to you. Life is where things aren’t.”

I would only add, that books do this in a way that no other medium can. Films and plays – even lectures – can explain a little. But nothing promotes understanding better than a great (or even not so great) novel. This process of general and personal enrichment received through books has continued right up to the present day, so it is no exaggeration to say that almost everything we value today we owe in large measure to books.

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About Jaya

Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe ( with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: Twitter: @jayajha Facebook:

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