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The Ancient Art of Reading Between the Lines

Submitted by on October 18, 2009 – 21:30No Comment

The art of reading between lines is a common skill that every Malaysian has within the person ever since there are more reading materials produced daily by local productions. People in the olden days read more, because they received directly what they read believing that all that is written is direct and straight to the point. There had been a change of ways of reading, but the value of the importance of reading is still instilled in the hearts of every Malaysian.

Malaysians are people of a culture that suppresses real feelings in order to make others feel comfortable. They make remarks that they do not mean in order to satisfy the other party. For example, after a Chinese dinner, the host will usually ask how was the food and most people will say that it was good even though it might not have been so. This is a way to show appreciation and to pleased the host. Thus, the art of reading between the lines was birth. People learn not to take words used directly but rather, explore it and find the meanings behind what was written.

The art of reading between the lines has increased the power of imagination as people began to perceive things with their thoughts and opinions. Instead of taking it straight for what it is, people try to outsmart the writer by looking for the indirect message(that’s if there is any) in whatever that they read. Thus, people no longer read words for what it means, rather they figure out what are the other meanings behind the word used. And so, the ancient art of reading between the lines was born.

Note: A short synopsis of a written assignment during my college days in 2004©.

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