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Post by: Deepti Khanna
For years together man has found great company in books. Books are known to narrate a story, surprise readers and also make them laugh. But a good book can do a lot more than this. There is a thin line of difference between a good and a great book.
Here’s how you can differentiate between them.
You know you have found a great book when…

Every time somebody turns on the TV set, you go in the other room and read the book.
You feel it can change your mind. For instance, the book, The Secret by Rhoda Byrne, just changed the way I thought and looked at things. Now when my boyfriend does not call me up, instead of blaming and getting mad at him I just command the Universe to get me what I want. And believe me, one prayer to the Universe and he comes running after.
The author who wrote the book is long dead but the book lives and touches people’s lives forever. I guess Animal Farm by George Orwell is one such book.  It taught me timeless lessons that too in a way that I am not likely to forget anytime soon.
You feel that the book is a friend, a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company, a counselor all rolled into one. 34 Bubblegums and Candies is one such book that has fun chapters and enough advice all packed in 146 pages.
You feel the book is thinking for you.  I find this true for the book Who Moved My Cheese. The book hinted that we should accept changes happily and move on. This book is probably teaching us the most important lesson in life – to flexibly adapt to changes and constantly reinvent ourselves.
You feel not reading this book would have deprived you of so much happiness in the world.
You begin with reading and finish by acting on what you just read.
You want to read at any hour of the day or night, in joy or sorrow, health or illness. I found the book The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond a delightful read. In fact the day I picked it up I was feeling a little upset but the simplicity of the writing, beautiful characterization and Binya’s innocent act of kindness brought a smile back on my face.
You say that the book keeps you from being a burden to yourself.
You don’t mind reading it over and over again!
Tell me about a great book you have just read… I’d love to hear your opinions too.
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