"Books enable living vicariously through the characters we read about. There are too many lessons I have taken away from books to name. But recently, when I read ‘A Dog's Life’, it really did decontextualise the plight of stray dogs for me. I, for years now, go out every night to feed stray dogs near my house. I know the difficulties they face but again books offer different perspectives. This book helped me feel the uncertainty they face in their day-to-day lives. Despite that looming uncertainty, they face every minute with a smile. When they look at us and put a smile on our faces too. This further emboldened my prior belief that one must keep marching forward through difficult times with a smile on your face," he told ET Panache.
Bansal does not read as often as he would like. But after exercising in the morning, he tries and gets some reading done while having breakfast.
"For the most part, I read right before I am going to go to sleep. Something to wind down the day essentially. I read about random things - fiction, non-fiction, folklore and much more. I like to read about random things because it lets my mind come away from the problem I was obsessively working on during the day. A different world and being in a different perspective can really help being in the moment," he said.
No tablet is going to replace the utter peacefulness Bansal feels during a rainy Sunday afternoon with a warm cup of cocoa in one hand and an old book in the other. "Given I spend 10 to 12 hours a day in front of screens, I really appreciate books in an old school way," he said.
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