All of my nicknames have managed to follow me right from old school days when those were coined and attached to my official name. To this day, I don’t have any clue as to how lifeless nicknames have managed to follow me over the years. One of these names was 'Bookworm'.
When I was in school (and later on in college as well ) there was a general misconception among my peers that I was a bookworm and I spend most of my free time reading books (i.e. academic books). Although I used to strongly oppose this allegation, I have to admit that there was some truth to this urban legend. I used to have the habit of reading books (but not the kind of books my friends used to think I read): From children’s magazines in my childhood days to more serious works of literature by MT, SK Pottekkad etc. Then all of a sudden the habit was gone.
The transformation was quick. A new gadget called "computer" arrived at our home and from that day onwards I devoted my free time in exploring and learning the techie way. As I developed a better understanding of computers by spending long hours, i lost the connection with books completely. I had to wait almost 10 years to find my way back.
Long journeys are boring: Especially if, like my travels, it involves anything to do with Indian Railways. I think there is no better way to kill time productively in long travels than reading books. So it was in during one of such travels that I fell in love with books again. This reignited passion was the motivation for my adventure in Kolkata.