Update on 5/16: Have made changes to the original post to ensure correct interpretation of this article. Thanks to those that posted comments, that helped highlight the problem in my original articulation.

By now, you must have heard me several times that I recently converted to the book-reading cult. The same was true of Hollywood movies as well (never watched one until 5 years ago), but with the latter I was atleast genuinely ignorant.

But with books, it is another matter. I always knew what I was missing, I always had a certain respect for people devoted to reading, yet I did not pick up a book. I happened to have a fierce discussion on this subject with my sister and few of my friends and hence this post.

So here is my basic premise: Reading is a habit that every person must have. It should be cultivated early on in everyone’s life and parents are obliged to inculcate this habit as well. And I squarely blame parents if kids don’t read. Not for the consequence, but for not creating an ambience conducive for learning, for not exposing them to reading and creating awareness of the benefits of reading.

The people I brainstormed this with, came up with various responses. My comments in Italics separated by Tilde (~)

But what if parents themselves are completely ignorant as to the benefits of reading? This was brought up by Vidya through her comments and my subsequent discussion with her. I dont have an answer for this.

I would like to hear from you, the readers.

PS: Also, I use “parents” as a placeholder for anybody who provides for the kid — sending to school, food, cloth, shelter etc…