What is the best environment for long, effective reading?

Answer by Raakhee Venugopal

Thank you for the A2A.

I know my answer might be quite different from many of the answers on here. For me, personally, a comfortable place with constant rhythmic sound in the background is like the best environment for long, effective reading.

I have no clue as to why it is that way for me. I read the longest while traveling on trains and buses, on quiet afternoons with the sound of the whirring fan above me, and strangely, in airport lounges.

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The sound of the airport waiting lounge dulls out into a hum after a few minutes into my reading, and I get really engrossed. If none of those are available, I plug in some mild instrumental music on low volume on my headphones.

I have always thought that my thoughts somehow get channelized better when there’s a rhythmic background noise/music while I read. I am less distracted and I get to read a lot more this way. I don’t know if this would work for everyone. It sure works wonders for me, though. I’m reading ‘Oath of the Vayuputras’ by Amish Tripathi now. It’s thoroughly Indian and I usually listen to some relaxing Tibetan meditation music on low volume when I read it. The experience is fantastic, to say the least. Here’s one of the musical pieces I listen to…

What is the best environment for long, effective reading?

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