We gain knowledge in our life by experience or study. Under study comes reading, listening, watching and writing. Out of these reading is the best skill to acquire maximum knowledge. We can read with our own pace. We can pause to ponder. Most of precious knowledge of any society is stored in the books that can be penetrated and gained only by a mind trained in reading. We should develop habit of reading by going through books and other print material on variety of subjects. Nowadays there is focus on tuitions, coaching, CDs and smart classes. This is diverting the attention from reading. It is not good in long run as practice of self study is diminishing in students. They are dependent on others to gain knowledge. A student must develop habit of reading and self study.