Traditional Books vs Ebooks?

As all of you should know by now, I LOVE to read!! The whole point of me starting my first blog all those years ago was to show the world my love for reading. My favourite time in school was where I could spend my time in the library, just so I could go through the shelves and pick something to read. And trust me when I say I go wild in a bookstore, so many books, so many options to choose from and read but such a little time *sigh*. I have been a traditional book reader all my life and I could never imagine myself otherwise.

But with my love for reading comes a few problems as well, not only is it an expensive habit but I have started to run out of shelf space back home. There are literally books everywhere! There are books on the table, on top of cupboards, inside wardrobes and even on the floor in a few rooms. And as much as I would love to buy some more and increase my TBR, my house is saturated of shelving space. This necessity has made me turn to ebooks. Now, Ebooks are something of a technological marvel. With today’s tech you can have a huge novel on your phone or tablet with you at all times! Why carry a book with you when you can have it in your pocket instead? I’ve started to love reading digitally so much that I have finally talked myself into saving for a kindle by the end of this year.

So this got me thinking. What would be better? Reading a traditional book has it’s own charm whereas an ebook is convenient. After comparing the two I came up with the following points, both in favour and against traditional books and ebooks.

Traditional books, the pros are endless and this will always be my favourite. There is something about going book shopping in a bookstore, smelling the sweet fragrance of ink as you pick up a book from the shelf, holding it in your arms and gently flipping through the crisp pages of a brand new book. I don’t know what it is, but it gives me a strange sense of satisfaction. Anybody else?

Traditional Books make you “look smart”. Ever looked at someone looking into a tablet/smartphone and went “Wow! Don’t they look smart with that phone in their hands?” No, you haven’t. Nobody has, because this is something that I’m sure most of us do on a daily basis. But when you walk by someone reading a book, when you see someone holding a bunch of books, your mind immediately tells you that this is a smart person. Also, the thicker the book, the smarter you look and more curious reactions you will get from people.

Traditional books make beautiful backgrounds. You can decorate your house with them and show off your reading habit with pride! Books make a house look cosy and welcoming. Have an empty spot on a table? Fill it up with books and it won’t look so plain anymore. Bookshelves give a dull room a splash of colour and can brighten the darkest spot.

Traditional Books can be used in many other useful ways. Loose paper? Use a book as a paperweight. Need to prop something higher? Put it on a pile of books! Want to watch something on your phone but don’t want to keep holding it? Lean it on a book and sit back.

I guess the only three cons of a traditional book that I have are one, they are expensive! Any bookworm on a budget will know what I mean when I say books are expensive. All the more if it’s a first edition or hardback. Two, it takes up a lot of room in storage. Proper care and storage is needed if you want to preserve the books you have. Being natural, they are perishable and the slightest dampness and mould can destroy even the toughest of books. Lastly, books are made from paper, which is derived from trees. With the way we are going now, we need those trees to preserve the environment more than we need those books. This can be solved with recycling but still it is a problem.

Coming to ebooks, there are many good things about this platform and with how technology is getting more and more included in our daily lives, I’m pretty sure there will come a day when everything will go digital and there won’t be any traditional books left! Depending on the size of the ebook and the storage of your device you can have hundreds of books at your fingertips. Not only does this solve the issue of running out of storage space but it gives you a lot of material anytime you want it.

Comparatively, Ebooks are cheaper to buy. Most online sites will sell the ebooks at a far lesser price than they would for the traditional book.

Ebooks can be read anywhere and at anytime. You don’t have to bother about there being less lighting or room to carry a book in your bag. It’s very convenient to read a book on the go when it’s in an ebook format.

Of course, you cannot decorate a room with an ebook, or use it as a prop and that does take away the usefulness a bit for me. Once the battery dies of your device you will need to put a halt to your reading until it is fully charged up again, but this does depend on the kind of device you use and is not really a fault of the ebook format so it can be excused. And unless you are used to reading from a digital device, reading for long hours at a stretch can lead to headaches and eye strain which can be avoided with regular breaks. Most Ebook readers are pretty much budget friendly these days but with basic features, if you want a good one then it may fall expensive, but then again, it is a one time investment. (As I write this section of my blog I realise that most of the cons are regarding the device and not the actual format of the book so I shall leave it here.)

At this point im pretty much undecided over which I prefer over the other. Have you tried other formats of reading? Let me know and maybe I could do a part two of this blog and continue the debate. Till then carry on reading and spread the habit!

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The Mystery Blogger Award

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I was recently nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award. It means so much to me and I’m glad that my work is being appreciated. Thank you Sincerely Julie Anna for nominating me for my very first award! You should really give her blog a read. She is an amazing writer who is also new to blogging.

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma. Thank you for creating this award.

For those of you who do not know, a blogger award is an award given  from one blogger to another as a form of appreciation. It encourages interaction and helps us build up friendships.  These awards are a great way of getting to know one another.

So lets get to it.

Rules

1. Add the awards logo to your blog.
2. List the rules
3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to them
4. Mention the award creator and link to them
5. List 3 things about yourself
6. Answer the questions your nominator asked
7. Share a link to your best post/posts
8. Nominate 10-20 people and notify them
9. List your 5 questions for them to answer in their posts

Three things about myself

  1. My interest in blogging began in the summer of 2012. That was when I created my first blog but I never really immersed myself into it until now. I relaunched my blog in 2018 after a long hiatus and am finally back to the blogging community.
  2. I am a twin. People always find it cute that I have a twin brother, which is something I don’t really understand. We are like any normal pair of siblings, we just share the same birthday.
  3. I love reading!! You know the library in Beauty and the Beast? That is the dream. I have so many books in my TBR and it keeps increasing.

Now coming to the questions,

Why did you start blogging?

I always loved writing. In school, my friends and I would all maintain diaries where we would write down short stories and share it among ourselves. In 2012 when I first started out I had just graduated high school and had a good 4 or 5 months before college would start. In order to fill up my time I began writing book reviews and posted them online.

What are your goals? This could be related to blogging, life, etc., and can be short or long-term goals.

Right now my goal is to get back to how I was earlier on in my blogging life. Create a steady flow of content so that my readers and I will not get bored. In the long run, maybe start my own Youtube channel? It is still in the idea stage. Have no idea when I would work on it though.

If you could send a message to everyone in the world at once, what would it say?

Love and respect each other! We are all human beings. We may be different races, genders and we may have different faiths and beliefs, but in the end, deep down we are all the same. All of us are on this planet together. All of us want to survive peacefully and in harmony. If we all got along just imagine how powerful mankind would be.

What’s one thing you’d like people to know about you?

That I am not what I seem like so don’t judge.

If you could live anywhere, where would you go?

Europe. Any place would be fine, I just want to get away from the heat here in the tropics.

Read my best blog posts here : International Women’s Day 2018: Why we need strong female leads in Pop Culture and Dear Twenty Somethings,

Thank you for these great questions. I loved answering every single on of them. I further nominate these great bloggers for the Mystery Blogger Award.

  1. Brutal Honesty Blogger
  2. Family by Choice
  3. Rachreviews
  4. Embuble
  5. The NChanting Whispers
  6. Personal Opinions of a Fangirl
  7. Inside the Voyage
  8. Life on the Loop
  9. Stephen Writes
  10. Surviving Millenial

My questions to you are,

1) For how long have you been blogging and why did you get into it?

2) What is your fondest childhood memory?

3) Everybody has a travel bucket list. What are your top 5 places you want to visit and why?

4) If given a  chance, would you go back in time and live your life all over again?

5) Name one thing that you would like to change in the world?

So these are my questions. Don’t forget to tag me in your posts so that I can read your answers. Can’t wait to know more about you guys.

Urban Poor?

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I first came across the term “Urban Poor” in a Buzzfeed article online about a month or so ago. At first I related it to the homeless poor or those living in the urban slums that dot the city. Because they are the “urban poor” aren’t they? Not according to the article.  The article explained that the term meant early twenty somethings who live in metropolitan cities and who blow up whatever little savings they have on unnecessary luxuries, and such people fall into the “urban poor”. I quote “These are the metro-dwelling twentysomethings who’ve internalized the pressures surrounding them, and spend a majority of their salaries on keeping up the lifestyles and appearances that they believe are essential to earning those salaries.” You can read the full article here.  It further went on to give examples of how in order to look “cool” and “in trend” some would skip meals in order to save up for a coffee at a five star hotel or how they would buy the latest gadgets just to give the impression that they are doing well in life. And because of all their spending beyond their means by the end of the month they are broke and were then termed poor.

Now, firstly that horrified me because I couldn’t believe that they were people my age, who lived in my city, who would starve themselves just to give a false impression of a certain type of lifestyle. And secondly, it irritated me that they would mock the actual urban poor by terming themselves as poor.

So let us get one thing straight, shall we?

Dear Twenty-somethings,

Do you have a roof over your head? Do you have a warm meal in front of you? Do you have running water, electricity and heat? Do you have a gas connection? If your answer is a ‘Yes’ to all the above questions then wake up! You are not poor! Do you have a car? Do you have a fridge stocked up with whichever food you like? Do you live in a high profile apartment? If yes, then darling, you aren’t just well off you are rich! And just because you cannot afford a meal at the local five star with your colleagues or just because you have to cut down on your daily Starbucks ,that doesn’t make you poor and you have no right to term yourself as the “urban poor”. No, you are not broke because you have no money, you are broke because you choose to spend it in the wrong way. Think you are running out of cash? Then cut down on your unnecessary luxuries and save! There are institutions known as “Banks” and they help you save your money. Use them!

And it’s not just made up by the author of the article, I have heard quiet a few of my classmates say how poor they feel or how bad they feel because they cannot go eat at a certain place or dress in a certain way. How they would rather skip meals during lunch hour and save up so they can go to a fancy restaurant on the weekend, click pictures of the food, post it into social media with a ton of hashtags and give a false impression to the world. Choosing not to avail of what you are offered in order to take something better later on , which you cannot afford by the way, does not make you poor, it just makes you irresponsible. And stupid.

There is nothing wrong in eating food at the local udupi restaurant or eating at your office canteen or even bringing your own home made lunch to work. Neither is their anything wrong in taking the bus or train to work instead of driving your own luxury car. If you can afford all of this then that’s great! Go ahead! But if you cannot afford this upkeep then stop.

Truthfully speaking, nobody cares about what image you show them so do not choose to let yourself suffer by your own poor decision making skills. So do not consider yourself poor or unprivileged, because you choose where to spend your money. And to the actual urban poor of India there is never a choice. You are not the “Urban Poor” in fact why don’t you term yourself as the “Urban Privileged with bad decision making skills”?

 

Dear Twenty Somethings,

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To my dear twenty-somethings,

It’s okay. Everything will be alright. I know, I am going through it too.

We have all read the articles online “things you should be doing in your twenties” or “things you should do before you graduate”, and as helpful as the author may want to seem,they only write to their audience who can actually achieve those things. Don’t ask me how many posts I have come across online where I, an almost twenty one year old have been told to get out and travel and see the world, or follow your dreams and to do a million other things that I cannot do. And this leaves me feeling bad about myself and bad about my life. Until I realize that an online article shouldn’t dictate my life or tell me how I have to live it. 

When we reach our early twenties our life changes. We graduate, we get our first proper job,  some of us even get married and start having families of our own. We have student loans to pay back, we have bills to pay, we have taxes and a whole lot of financial work to take care off. We are faced with every single “adult” responsibility that we can ever imagine. And to top it off, we are all on our own. No mum and dad to shelter us and protect us from this big bad world that we live in (unless you are one of the lucky ones who’s parents still pamper you). And at times all of this may seem a little overwhelming and scary. You think you won’t be able to survive but trust me, you will.

You may have made a plan that seemed absolutely perfect for you at the time, perhaps it was the “dream” job you wanted or maybe it involved moving to another city. And just when you think everything is going to be great, every piece falling into place something comes up and it all shatters into a million heart breaking pieces. Its okay. Maybe it all fell apart because this wasn’t the way it was supposed to happen. We cannot see the whole picture now but very soon we will see whatever happens to us happens for the best. There is no point in regrets, in feeling sorry for yourself over missed opportunities because you know what? Opportunities keep on knocking and keep on coming your way.

Times will get difficult, people will say things, you will get a ton of “advice” from well to do family members. You will look at other people, other twenty somethings who seem to have it all. There will be times when you feel that there isn’t any point in going on. Please don’t let these thoughts get to you. Don’t let the present disappointments dictate your future. Don’t make rash decisions. And remain happy. You are not alone. Trust me, everybody is going through the bad times. And the good news is, it is not going to last. A year from now you will look back and laugh and be thankful for the experiences you had because that is what shaped you.