Thursday, 10 July 2014

Bookworms - socially incapable nerds? #BookWorm

Disclaimer: This blog is written by a bookworm. And this bookworm is proud to be one.


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I have been referred to as a bookworm often enough since, what seems like, forever. I refer to myself as a bookworm at times - one word that explains my hobbies, and priorities.

A bookworm is a person who enjoys reading.


As for being a nerd, one of the definitions of 'nerd' is 'a single-minded expert in a particular field'.

Now to the Indispire topic - "Are kids who read books treated as socially incapable nerds?"
My counter-question is "Are kids who read books socially incapable nerds?"

Reading is, among other things, about escapism. So, if a person, who likes being alone, uses reading as his/her escape route, is it reading that is leading to lack of social skills?

I am an ambivert - with more characteristics of an introvert. (I am thankful for the day, I learnt the word 'ambivert'. I never understood whether I was an 'introvert' or and 'extrovert' before I knew this word). I choose to read when I am alone, and at times, when I have company too.

Assuming one is an introvert, and chooses to read instead of socializing. Is reading promoting is introversion? Or is it just a vicious cycle?
In either case, reading is not responsible for one's lack of social skills.

It is single-mindedness that makes a person a nerd, not books or computers, or whatever else he/she may be single-mindedly interested in. That answers my question ("Are kids who read books socially incapable nerds?")

Now to the question from Indispire - "Are kids who read books treated as socially incapable nerds?"
I can just think of one answer -  'Kuch toh log kahenge, logo ka kaam hai kehna' (People will say something or the other, that's what they do)
It's a cruel world out there. The world of youngsters is especially ruthless - it saddens me, and honestly, never ceases to surprise me.
A small percentage is part of the in-crowd, the rest are treated like either like nerds or something else that can make them equally insecure.

It's food for thought for another day, if the in-crowd is as secure and happy as they seem to be.

So, what kids who read are treated as, is not important. What they feel about themselves is.

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What I learnt while writing this blog -
One of the meanings of 'bookworm' is 'the larva of a wood-boring beetle which feeds on the paper and glue in books'.





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6 comments:

  1. Great post and a great blog Nimi :) I liked all the images you have posted specially of the luggage ! Sorry for not commenting separately as am pressed for time... Visit me at http://sunshineandblueclouds.blogspot.com/ and share some thoughts. Till next post Ciao ...:)

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    1. Thanks a lot, Kokila. I read your comment first thing in the morning and it was a wonderful start of the day... Thanks.

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  2. I am a bookworm too. And yes, it is a proud to be one :D

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  3. I am also a bookworm and love being that. Books are the best friends.

    I feel sad to notice that today's youngsters don't want to read. My students hardly read anything, not even the prescribed books!

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    1. So true. That's why there's the constant struggle to get the youngsters to read, even though it is not exactly what we would want them to read.

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