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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.


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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  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 and share some thoughts. Till next post Ciao ...:)

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

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

  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!

    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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