As students aiming to make a mark in the world, we are always trying to read more- Books. Newspapers. Journals. Because, well, “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” But we never seem to get enough time for reading. For most of us, there isn’t much incentive to divert our social media time to reading, many others are perennially in the guilt of not being able to read more than what they do now.
Lectures, internships, extra-curricular activities, society work take most of our time. Amidst all this, there is hardly any time left to read. Or so it may seem.

Here are a few ways that’ll help you sneak in extra reading time from the hectic schedule of college life.

1. Use your commute time

Majority of us use the publish transport aka Delhi metro to commute to our colleges, and the commute time is more often than not, at least half an hour. This time can be effectively put to use by reading. All you need to do is carry a book or the days newspapers before you leave from your home. Reading would be far more productive and fruitful than the elusive hunt for a seat in the metro.

2. Try audiobooks

The bad news is that even in metro, reading a book might seem like a struggle at times when you don’t have enough space even to stand on two feet. Good news is that there has been technological progress and guidebooks are your savior. An added advantage is on days when you are too tired to hold a Boolean or flip through the pages. If the book is good, this might make the commute less of an ordeal.

3. Join a reading challenge. Join a Book club

Joining a book club will help you keep a track of your reading progress. The virtual world is yet again at your rescue, what with sites like Goodreads helping you set a challenge for yourself. Decide the number of books you want to read in a year and get going. When it’ll rub in your face how you are ahead of your target or falling behind it, let your guilt do the work.

4. Read before going to bed.

If we ask you about the one thing you do before bedtime, the answer for most would be browsing/chatting/posting through smartphones. Unless you are reading an e-book, we suggest you turn it off at least an hour before sleeping. (We’d prefer a couple of hours, but an hour seems more doable, right?) Now when you realize that you have plenty of time to do something other than burning the battery of your tab/smartphone and strangling your WiFi network, go and grab a book. Reading just before sleeping, is also known to be therapeutic and a good tranquilizer.

5. Carry some reading material everywhere.

Mark these words. Have at least some reading with you at all times. When in college, we don’t realize but we waste a lot of time. These interstices can be filled by reading. In between two lectures, or if a professor dismisses the class early, you can conveniently read snippets from the reading material that you are carrying.

Who said reading can only be done on the bean bag with a cup of coffee? Nothing beats that, but we don’t need no couch when the mystery book keeps us hooked!

Image Credits- goodreader.com

Kritika Narula

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The University of Delhi is up for bringing out the latent talents of the students through three e-journals, which are, the journal of creative writing, the journal of the Humanities and the Social Sciences and the journal of the Natural Sciences.

While, the journal of creative writing has come forth with its first edition on 13th November, the other two are yet to be launched. DU-Vidha, the title given to the journal of creative writing, signifies literary genres as practised in the university and creative dilemma and deliberation , as experienced by writers in negotiating what to say and just how to say it. Being published twice a year, the online journal welcomes the contributions in both Hindi and English. Poems, short stories, imaginative prose of all kinds, paintings, sketches and photographs for publication are invited from the students, both undergraduate and postgraduate.

The journal of the Humanities and the Social Sciences, proposes to showcase the research being conducted in India and by the young scholars of DU, in particular. The submissions may relate to any area of the Humanities and Social Sciences, between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length and must conform to the ‘Harvard’ system of referencing. The online journal will be published once in a year.

The journal of the Natural Sciences( Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Geology and Earth Sciences) invites contributions for publication in the inaugural issue of the journal. Again, the submissions may be between 6,000 and 8,000 words and must conform to the ‘Harvard’ system of referencing.

The journals will foreground significant work by students and teachers at DU, will have eminent advisors and peer reviewers, will be free of charge with open access.

The journal of creative writing invites the contributions by post as well as by email while the other two, as soft copies, initially. The soft copies are to be sent as Word attachments.

The journals of creative writing and Humanities and Social Sciences are to be edited by Prof. Harish Trivedi, Advisor, Academic Publications, University of Delhi while that of Natural Sciences is to be edited by Prof. Avinash Khare FNA, department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi.

A great number of entries for all the three journals have been received via mail till now. Prof. Harish Trivedi says that “I hope that the initiative gets better as the days pass” and is positive about the response from students. Praising the talent of the students, he says, “We come across some outstanding pieces while going through the entries”.

Know more about the three journals here.