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.
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…