When I was a kid, I sat down for my breakfast each morning with my hometown newspaper in my hands. I would breeze past the main and local sections and dive straight into my two favorites: sports scores and comics.
How many runs did Sachin score in the last match and what’s Calvin up to with his buddy Hobbes? For a wide-eyed ten-year-old, what else mattered?
Now I am 24 and the purpose and usability of this newspaper consisting of 10 pages has taken a 180 degree shift. My objective today is not to waste my time in keenly waiting for the next India-Pakistan one day match or for the solution of Sudoku. Instead, it is to know what is up and running in the market, shares, the new political policies, new reforms, actions taken to make India change from a developing country to a developed country.
These are the things I would like to read as I aspire to clear my competitive exams. It is of prime importance that we must stay up to date with the current affairs of not only our own nation but of our competitor countries too. The reason behind reading newspapers while preparing for competitive examinations is not to miss out on any of the imperative and essential news section.
Of course, newspaper comes as the first thing in the morning and it must be read before we pick up any other task for the day. One should try to memorize what he / she read, should talk in groups about the new procedures and policies you read in the newspaper.
We must always look at it as a source of immense information and opportunities and therefore it is important that we do not consider it as a time pass but rather as an important element of the day.
Let’s face it: we are the ‘me-first generation’. So go ahead. Read the news selfishly. Think about yourself with each article: ‘this is going to give me a leg-up on the competition’. And just by reading it, you would become a much more capable working professional. And there’s a bonus: by following the news consistently, we become a part of the well-informed generation.
So, in the nutshell, the need of the hour is to concentrate on the relevant topics in the newspaper and to stop investing time in the useless gossips.
“If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.” "• Mark Twain
A lot depends on how and what you want to read. Not everything in the newspaper is useful and not everything is worthless. So think, decide and filter what is vital to read in order to grow and evolve a sense of know it all.