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  1. Swarnali Nath
    October 18, 2023 @ 9:16 pm

    Dear Ritu, I never knew you carried so much in your heart. You have suffered a loss, you met an accident, and you have been a sole caregiver. In this hour when we are worshipping the Goddess, your personal encounters remind me of that Maa Durga is hidden in every women like you. In my early twenties, I also met an accident and that left me with a permanent injury and it pains still. But now I have become habituated with the habit of walking with my ankle pain. From your musing, it’s clear that pain has been an integral part of our stories, and thus we heal each other with our virtual connection and hugs and abundance of love. I also want to salute our dearest aunty for being such an inspirational woman who keeps working at this age after having a severe injury. Just like you, Ritu, I too find solace in books and you can call me an escapist too. From your post, I am taking home two things that hit me hard. “Seeing life pass you by when you know you have the potential for so much more is a horrible feeling.” and “The escapist reads to block out the pain.” Thanks for writing your heart out here. May you receive an abundance of blessings from the universe.


  2. Preeti Chauhan
    October 19, 2023 @ 11:39 am

    Your life journey has been a test of endurance and grit and is inspiring too Ritu! I now know where your steely strength and compassion originate and it has made me respect you even more. I was an introvert and somebody low on confidence as a child. Books were the place I found myself happy. I agree they have the power to heal. They can entertain and transport you to a different world, make your view of the world broader, and lets you know about others’ perspective, without the need to go out socially or divulge yours.


  3. Roma
    October 19, 2023 @ 12:40 pm

    What a soulful post my love, I feel like giving you a hug and get one in return. Thank you for pouring out your heart and what a champion you are. Like you books save me as well and when I am unwell I resort to audiobooks. Like you I love journaling they are my coping mechanism and help me smile back. You are a beautiful soul and I have personally learned a lot from your journey thank you so much for the insights. Lots of love and hugs


  4. Aesha Shah
    October 20, 2023 @ 12:22 pm

    Books have been my sibling and my friend all my life. I am a single child and have always been isolated by others in my childhood. People formed groups and pairs and left me out. I turned to books. I can so relate to you. I am also an introvert and self talk through journaling. I want to thank you for sharing your life here openly by being vulnerable, it gives me strength to face life challenges.


  5. Cindy DSilva
    October 20, 2023 @ 3:34 pm

    Gosh. That is a terrible time, Ritu. But glad you have gotten through all of that and ur mom is doing wonderfully now with her blog. It is so important to keep ourselves busy with things we love. And it’s awesome how BOOKS have helped you throughout your bad times. Tight hugs to you.


  6. Ujjwal Mishra
    October 20, 2023 @ 4:55 pm

    I have been a reader since a kid, My parents always encourage us to read. Books can pick us up from grief and show us the brighter side of living. your post is straight from the heart.


  7. Harjeet Kaur
    October 21, 2023 @ 2:33 pm

    Warm hugs, Ritu. I feel you. You never shared before. Why? Sharing is also cathartic. Books have lost their charm for me. Living alone I feel lonelier if I sit in a room and read. For me writing is cathartic, but for the first time in 19 years I have a writer’s block as well as, I am not cooking. Both my lifelines. Fighting fighting as long as I can.I only wish I had words to ease your pain. More power to you and God Bless always.


  8. Tulika
    October 24, 2023 @ 10:46 am

    I put off leaving a comment because I had no words to say what I felt on reading your post Ritu. All I can say is that I am ever so glad you found solace in something as wonderful as reading. I am glad you could build it up into something worthwhile. I am glad you have a mom who is even more inspiring. Your post made me aware of how little we know of our online friends and that all of us are fighting battles others know nothing of.
    Sending warm wishes and lots of love your way.


  9. Geethica Mehra
    October 25, 2023 @ 4:15 pm

    I agree books have the power to heal the weirdest of sins of which we are reaping the fruits as a duty.


  10. Samata
    October 25, 2023 @ 9:28 pm

    Dear Ritu,

    I always liked you and admired your style of review but I was not aware of the emotional roller coaster ride that you experienced in your life. Daughters like you are true blessings for parents. You had your own struggle with health but never gave up. You cope up with the loss of my dear uncle and still remain strong for your family. You witnessed the sufferings of your brother and handled everything like a warrior. You found your mom in such a painful state and yet gave your undue care and attention to ensure she is back with energy. Dear Ritu, how did you manage this all? You are not a simple girl but a true fighter having the guts to face all odds in life with courage, confidence and boldness and come out as a woman who can be inspirational for many others in this world. Reading for me is a stress buster and as Rakhi once said work for me is worship… It all helped me in overcoming some of the painful years full of failure . disappointment and physical distress about which I hardly talk to any. But yes, today I am free from those pains. But still I am way behind you and your emotional journey as a daughter, sister and above all as a human being. I am inspired by you and promise to be emotionally strong and bold like you as my father is also not in a good physical strength and has acute alzheimer. It pains looking at him and recalling who he was some years back… I know time is getting out of hand and no one can change my destiny … all that I pray God plz give him a few more years … to be with us. Your post will remind me to stay strong. God bless you Ritu… Love you and respect you a lot.




  11. Ambica Gulati
    October 26, 2023 @ 8:51 am

    I have always loved books. They are my go to friends as well. Which is why I enjoy a lot of classical literature, as it deals a lot with emotions. The indepth characterisation also helps to relate and understand situations, After all, it’s humans who write and their thoughts and environment shape them.

    When I feel like lightening up, I read romance, Mills & Boon. They are just fantastic dream builders and then for thrills, I seek crime and mystery. I guess, we all have our ways and means of coping with situations that flounder us from time to time.

    We are not an isolated community, and life isn’t a smooth joyride, but our anchors make it easy to continue the ride.


  12. Janaki
    October 27, 2023 @ 8:34 pm

    Ritu, I have told you this several times and I repeat it again. Your posts are a treat. And today, I saw the real you behind your posts. I always wondered, “How does this girl read so much?” Today I know why. I agree that books can help you cope, but guess what? Of late, I’ve been struggling to read even a few lines a day. But as you said, the idea is not to increase anxiety, so I’m waiting when I’ll restart the journey all over again. Hugs to you and I am so proud of you and Madhu Aunty. You guys are warriors!!


  13. Anjali Tripathi
    October 29, 2023 @ 2:29 pm

    I’ve always noticed your passion for reading through your posts. I often wondered, “How does she manage to read so much?” Now, after reading your story, it all makes sense. Books truly have the power to help us cope.
    I’m sorry to hear about the tough times you’ve faced, but it’s amazing how you found solace in books. Your tips for reading for emotional well-being are so helpful, especially the part about finding the right books for oneself.
    Your words are now a source of strength for me, especially during those moments when I question, “Why me?”


  14. Rakhi Jayashankar
    October 29, 2023 @ 4:10 pm

    Books have always been therapy for me. Reading and writing gave me immense happiness and peace that I cannot imagine pushing through a day without books.
    My psychologist suggested me Power of Subconscious mind and since then there was no looking back. I have pushed through the hardest time with the help of the self help books. And the rest that I read for review have been my entertainment mediums.


  15. Varsh
    October 31, 2023 @ 9:32 am

    Ritu, although life has been kinder to me I’ve sought relief in books in hard times and can understand where you’re coming from. Heartbreaks, betrayals, insecurities, and any mental health issue did and still pulls me into crazy obsessive reading, sometimes for weeks on end. You’re a strong person and my respect for your grit and dedication has increased multifold after reading your journey. Kudos and God bless, my friend.


  16. Sakshi SoHum Bindra
    October 31, 2023 @ 4:42 pm

    Dearest Ritu,

    You are an amazing, strong and loving sister-in-law. Reading your post brought back memories and swelled me up. You are a vivacious reader, a cool design artist, photographer, foodie, a great listener, a reliable friend and talented in many other ways. Truly inspirational.

    Like you, I lean on books so much so that an audiobook is mostly on when I am driving or doing the chores. Like you I find comfort in books as well as journaling. You and I have had book discussions in good times and during times of struggle.

    I can’t believe you have read the same Jason Bourne books. 🙃, I really like your library. Know that you are loved ♥️


  17. Monidipa
    November 1, 2023 @ 10:53 pm

    Your personal journey through the healing power of books is both touching and inspiring. Your resilience and strength shine through your words, and your ability to find solace, escape, and catharsis in the pages of books is a testament to the therapeutic nature of reading. The tips you’ve shared for emotional well-being through reading are invaluable, and your willingness to open up and share your experiences is a beautiful gesture of empathy and support. Your story truly emphasizes the profound impact literature can have on our lives. Thank you for sharing this deeply personal and uplifting piece.


  18. Aditi Kapur
    November 2, 2023 @ 12:05 pm

    I can’t find words to express my gratitude to you, who fought back to life courageously. Books are good partners, they take us to a different world while teaching us how to cope with the struggles of this world. More than any medium like books, it is you who should be ready to go with the flow, no matter what.


  19. Abha Singh
    November 4, 2023 @ 10:57 pm

    Hi Ritu, your personal experiences beautifully illustrate how bibliotherapy is more than just reading—it’s a lifeline that offers comfort and a sense of hope to those in need. Thank you for sharing this touching story. 📚💕


  20. Neerja Bhatnagar
    November 5, 2023 @ 9:48 am

    Your experiences reflect the profound impact that literature can have on emotional well-being. The way you navigated through your back injury and coped with the overwhelming loss of your father, brother, and mother showcases the transformative role books played in offering an escape and a source of strength.

    The tips you’ve shared for reading for emotional well-being are not only practical but also deeply empathetic. Your advice about finding comfort in books that suit our own tastes and being mindful of triggering content is incredibly insightful. Additionally, your encouragement to explore various mediums, such as audiobooks, opens up new avenues for individuals seeking solace through literature, especially when physical conditions make traditional reading difficult.

    Your openness and the quote by Jane Smiley truly encapsulate the essence of the therapeutic power of books. Your words serve as a reminder that within the pages of a book, there’s a sanctuary, a place for self-care and healing. Thank you for sharing your personal journey and offering these invaluable insights into the healing potential of bibliotherapy.


  21. nooranandchawla
    November 5, 2023 @ 3:39 pm

    A post after my own heart! Ritu, I wasn’t aware of your personal struggles but it’s admirable that you have moved on from them and continue to live a wholesome and happy life. May the love of reading always be with you…


  22. Sindhu Vinod Narayan
    November 7, 2023 @ 1:04 am

    Ritu I didn’t know that you carried ao much in you..but I’m glad to know that you are a fighter. As a fellow book lover I agre that books can be the greatest healers. We ll have that one comfort read, that we pick up. Choosing what works for us is very essential when resort to reading the books to deal with emotional lows


  23. MeenalSonal
    November 10, 2023 @ 5:29 am

    Books has been a source of strength to many introverts and when they are your side then magic is bound to happen. Ritu, you have surely been through toughest of times yet keeping it strong with support of books.


  24. Mummasaurus
    November 11, 2023 @ 12:30 am

    Reading through your experience and imagining what you went through was a scary process. I have no clue how you paddled your boat through. If there’s a certain path to solace, you sure seem to have found it. May you find a Fruitful journey forward.


  25. Night Reader Writes
    November 13, 2023 @ 7:49 pm

    your post made me emotional and at the same time made me realise the power of books. We often never know about the person who we are interacting with online. Thank you Ritu for sharing your story.


  26. Night Reader Writes
    November 13, 2023 @ 7:50 pm

    Audiobooks indeed are saviour for many. For different reasons.


  27. radhika
    November 14, 2023 @ 12:17 am

    I concur that reading books is one of the best ways we can heal ourselves and that they teach us many useful self-healing skills. I would be curious to know which books, other fiction, you found therapeutic. Also, anytime I’m feeling down or just want to spend time alone myself, I pick up a book and begin to read.


  28. rakhiparsai11984
    November 14, 2023 @ 8:41 am

    Reding has always been my escape from emotional turmoil’s and issues in life. Books are like a door to some different destinations where I get to travel and feel happy and safe. They are truly mans best friend.


  29. sukainawrites50aac2dd7a
    November 14, 2023 @ 12:55 pm

    With time I am realising that books are going to be the best friend for years to come. I often journal as well and that’s also been a better solution than talking to people. I find solace like you in books


  30. sukainawrites50aac2dd7a
    November 14, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

    With time I am realising I find solace in books more than in people. With books I feel safe 🙂


  31. Ishieta Chopra
    November 17, 2023 @ 4:35 pm

    Ritu – Big hug. I cannot imagine the pain and the mental strength and resilience you have had to get through it and grow and prosper – your sharing shows me that one can get through it, and it a okay to have a tool (like books) to get you through the rough times. the quote you shared and “Psyches Iatreion” really resonated with me.


  32. memoryflies
    November 24, 2023 @ 11:26 pm

    A tight hug to you Ritu. You are a warrior. It is really difficult to survive the way you have gone through. I am glad that you survived. I do love books. As you mentioned it is therapy. And it is true for me too. Life give you hard time and books are the only thing I enjoyed to survive, to meditate and to gear up for survival.


  33. Kaveri Chhetri
    November 26, 2023 @ 3:47 pm

    Thank you for letting us into your world Ritu. We all knew the book reviewer but getting to know the woman behind the reviewer feels really good.
    First of all hugs to you. I am glad that you found solace in books during rough times. Now I know why you are soooo passionate about them. I too agree that they heal and like you said, sometimes, the effect can be ulta also if we choose the wrong book… I have experienced that.
    I wish you more books and I wish that the only reason you read them will be to read them.


  34. Harjeet Kaur
    November 29, 2023 @ 11:33 am

    Thank you for sharing your deeply personal journey with the healing power of books,Ritu. Your resilience through physical and emotional challenges resonates deeply. My spine surgery after the loss of my husband and while I was struggling to make ends meet, makes me shudder even now. Your narrative on overcoming a back injury and navigating grief showcases the therapeutic nature of literature. I appreciate your insights on choosing books for emotional well-being and the importance of seeking professional help when needed. Your story is a powerful reminder of how books can be steadfast anchors, offering comfort and understanding in life’s tumultuous seas. But somehow I jhave not been able to go back to reading. Please keep sharing your personal battles. It is very inspiring and helpful for people like me to relate to and still be grateful for what we have. Madhuji has always been an inspiration and now I can put her on a pedestal after what she has been through.Wishing you continued strength on your healing journey with books.


  35. Pamela Mukherjee
    November 30, 2023 @ 12:15 pm

    I felt super attached to this article. I loved the way you penned every detail and how beautifully you conveyed a message via this article. I know it’s difficult to deal with mental problems, but the way you overcame and handled them is really commendable. Thanks for such a wonderful message and for not giving up.


  36. Jeannine
    December 1, 2023 @ 7:41 pm

    Great sharing! I’m sorry for your loss and I hope the rest of you and your family would be at good health always. Reading books has been a passion of my dad. It was his pasttime activity(when we used to live without phones). Itbwas through his novels that I fell in love with reading and would find time in my busy mom-life for a few minutes of reading. It truly is something relaxing for me to have and would happily do.


  37. Jeannine
    December 2, 2023 @ 12:06 pm

    There’s somethings that technology can’t replace. For bookish people like me, the mere smell and feeling of holding a book give a different feel. It almost makes me feel grounded, I’m immediately more mindful of the thin pages that I’m about to flip. I guess, for me, that’s how books make some sort of healing personally. The feeling of relaxation amidst all the chaos happening around you.


  38. Flavia Cutinho
    December 2, 2023 @ 5:42 pm

    I can’t compensate for your loss and pain however if you ever need a friend im here. I never thot books had mind healing power.


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