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When do you find time to read?

When do you find time to read?
When do you find time to read?
That’s another thing that I struggle with, as do many of you, I am sure.
And that’s another struggle which has increased in these Covid days, with routines having gone for a toss, stress and uncertainty taking their toll, and changing dynamics of our households!
More and more, I just want to snuggle up in bed, hug myself and read the day away.
That is what I used to do when exams used to end, in all the session breaks that became shorter and shorter as studies got more demanding.
More and more, I know that escape from the new realities forced upon us by the pandemic is not an option.
Adulting became synonymous with not having those breaks, and examinations which had answers that were absolute were replaced by tests which seemed to have no correct answers long time back.
The reading nook that I once had in a corner of my tiny room in the house that I grew up doesn’t exist anymore. Neither do the uninterrupted hours when others tackle the myriad tasks that need to be done
Rather than yearning for it, I settle with my book or the kindle wherever life, and the responsibilities it brings, expect me to be present
I read as one kid completes her worksheet, when I wait for the pressure cooker to come to a boil , as I wait for the other one to emerge for cold coffee in between zoom classes.
I read during my two hour commute, and sometimes, I read during lunch break too!
Like always, I read before going to bed, and sometimes, catch up on an unfinished book over the morning cuppa!!
Some days, I find myself reading at the cost of my writing; but then I remind myself that reading is the first step in this journey; and what a joyous step it is!
When do you find the time to read?

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