For the Love of Books

Posted On: November 14, 2019

Even before I could read, I would remember the sounds of the mornings: when my dad would open the door to the flat to collect his ordered daily The Straits Times, turn on the light in the living room, and proceed to read it. He doesn’t know it (maybe he will now) but this is why it gives me great pleasure to be the one paying for his newspaper subscription now. It had been so much a part of my childhood.

Dad would also subscribe to and read Reader’s Digest – which I too, came to love. One of the first things I began reading regularly when I learned to read was the comics in the newspapers. I liked opening the papers and reading it alongside my Dad. This expanded to the TV program of the day so I would stop asking him what was playing when… the Life section, and then the rest of the paper.

There wasn’t the internet, or computer games back then. There weren’t many programs on TV either. My sister and I were encouraged to read as much as we could – I was told this was my “job”: to study and read.

We pretty much spent every minute we were not studying, reading story books, or playing with our toys. It was an idyllic and sheltered childhood for the most part. I would frequently read during and through meals. Later, the only electronic device we had was the shared family Brick Game.

I love books because they transported you places, exposed you to new ideas, lands, cultures, people, and knowledge you wouldn’t know otherwise. To me, each book is a promise land of hope, adventure, and learning. Books are magic, my friend, and I would go as far to say, my first love.

As a child, I fantasized about being an author – having a book to my name. After my first book, it became a matter of reaching and helping even more people through my books, and leaving a legacy through my body of work. Books are one of the important mediums which I reach out to people – and actually it is my favourite way.

About Dr. Martha Tara Lee

Surrounded by friends who were sexually inhibited and struck by dire lack of positive conversations around sex and sexuality in Singapore, Dr. Martha Tara Lee set out to make a positive difference in embarking on her doctorate in human sexuality before launching Eros Coaching in 2009. Today, she remains dedicated to working with individuals and couples who wish to lead self-actualised and pleasure-filled lives.

She also holds certificates in counselling, coaching and sex therapy, and her fourth degree – a Masters in Counselling in May 2018. In practice for more than 10 years, she is the only certified sexuality educator and certified sexuality educator supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in Singapore. She is also a Red Tent Women’s Circles Facilitator from Star of Ishtar.

Often cited in the local media, Dr. Lee is the appointed sex expert for Men’s Health Singapore, and Men’s Health Malaysia. She was recognised as one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women Under 40′ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She has published four books: Love, Sex and Everything In-BetweenOrgasmic YogaFrom Princess to Queen and {Un}Inhibited.

Martha works with individuals and couples in private coaching sessions, and conducts her own workshops. She takes prides in making sure all her workshops are also fun, educational, and sex-positive. This comes easily to her because even though she is extremely dedicated and serious about her work, she fundamentally believes that sex is meant to be fun, wonderful, amazing and sacred. As such, this serious light-heartedness has shone through again and again. For her full profile, click here. Email her here.

         
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