‘Kindle?’ I asked wide eyed. ‘You want to set something on fire?’
‘Noooo,’ laughed my younger brother. ‘I am talking about Amazon Kindle.’
‘Now what on earth is that?’ everyday I get to learn new things from him. But I hardly knew that he would have a different meaning of kindle in his dictionary.
‘A device. You can download and read books online,’ he replied while scrolling the Amazon portal page that had images of the device.
‘One can read online even with a laptop, tablet or a smartphone. Why spend money behind these devices?’ I shrugged.
Brother gave me a sorry-i-can’t-make-you-understand look. He was right. Till today, I don’t understand this online reading business. First you carry a laptop, then you need a phone and now Kindle is the new entry in the list. And what does it do? You can read e-books online(and the downloaded ones too) anywhere and everywhere with it. What wrong did the poor paperbacks do apart from occupying a few inches more space in a bag?
I took a look at one such Kindle in the shopping portal after I came to know about it’s existence. Models displayed various versions of Kindle with elan, some reading it lying on a bed, some sitting by the lakeside and few in a metro. In short, Kindle murdered books in style.
Honestly, I don’t have much problem with a Kindle provided it gives me the same happiness like my paperbacks lying in the bookshelf and bedside table give.And when I say happiness, I don’t mean just reading.
There is a dialogue in a movie I saw long back, which if translated in English means :
We must not loose the beauty of anything just for the sake of bringing more convenience in life.
To me, reading a novel on Kindle is equivalent to having a video call with someone you love deeply. You can just see the person but cannot feel anything. In reality, reading should be like a passionate romance. The smell, shape and touch of books are equally important to have a more intimate and successful relationship with them.
Can the Kindle makers provide these joy of reading? Then I won’t mind having such a device which is an exact replica of my favourite books. But somehow the possibility looks bleak. No matter how much we progress in science and technology, replacing books in hand is not that easy,