When is the last time you saw me writing a blog post on a book? You wouldn’t have, cos I never did. In spite of my reservations against blogging about books, this one made me do otherwise. If you ask me why? the most appropriate answer would be, none other connected with me as deep as this one.
First of all, I would like to thank my sis Sarumathi for gifting me this wonderful book with a sweet personal inscription on the first page. During one of our conversations lately, she mentioned that the book reminded her of myself when she read it and that’s the reason why she gifted the same. So, Saru, I am too glad that you did. As you mentioned, it’s definitely something that I will treasure forever.
Where do I start, how about the book’s name? It’s TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom. This short read is all about the author’s discovery about his terminally ill old sociology professor via a TV interview, his efforts to connect back with him and a series of Tuesday meetings between them that follows. This non-fiction is a project of Mitch Albom, a wannabe musician turned sports journalist along with his dying professor Morrie Schwartz to fund his treatment.
Why I loved reading this book?
I experienced this strange feeling of feeling both heavy and light-hearted simultaneously while reading it. I was able to well connect with Morrie, his values and his view about life. Tons of times, I have questioned myself on my view on life and the values I uphold. Reading this book felt like someone sitting next to me, gives me a Hi-Fi and comforting me by saying, hey, I am more or less like you and probably you might die merrily if you stay the same. I am always quite skeptical about recommending things to others. But I strongly recommend this one. I completed this book on a Tuesday, isn’t that a silly coincidence.
Concluding this blog post with a few of my favorite quotes from the book.
“Accept who you are; and revel in it.”
“Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.”
“Death ends a life, not a relationship. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on- in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here.”
“The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.”
“Forgive yourself before you die. Then forgive others.”
“If you’re always battling against getting older, you’re always going to be unhappy, because it will happen anyhow.”
A fellow blogger from CBC (Chennai Bloggers Club) recently wrote a post based on the prompt “What would your dream library look like? #DreamLibrary” given by IndiSpire (by IndiBlogger). While reading the post few things came to my mind so I thought I would do my part by writing one.
Before I pen about my Dream Library, A few words about the library which inspired me, the library which was the origin of my reading habit. Yes it’s my school library. I used to spend a lot of time there during my school days. It fueled my interest and curiosity to know more. How could I be without mentioning my school librarian Kannan Sir, He was the one who seeded the reading habit in me and motivated me to read more books. All my interest over science and computer science got evolved there. Internet was very scarce those days and main source of information are books. I learned most of my basic computer coding from those books. Those small collection of Enid Blyton and World Book Encyclopedias always amazed me. That library did play a significant role in shaping me what I am today.
Now lets come to my Dream Library. It will not be a personal library which would be accessible to Me, My Family and Friends, But it will be a small public library near the shores of Thiruvottiyur easily accessible to those slum kids there. I was really amazed by their interest and talent they possess when I used to take night classes to them during my college days. They know the value of things, I have seen them utilizing things and opportunities to the fullest, have seen them be so determined even at that young age. That library will be a well ventilated long hall with simple wooden tables and chairs, comfortable for those kids to sit and read in silence (their homes are really noisy). Its walls will be filled with racks of small books, story card collections and few inspirational quotes stuck here and there. It would house more of books like comics, children stories, experimented based science books and less standard academic based books so that they get inspired and be creative. Last but not least It will have a librarian like Kannan sir who would take pride in his work, inspire kids, motivate them to read more and help them shaping up their life.
Am I dreaming too much, might be. I must stop dreaming and start doing little which I could.
“Hey kid, are you reading fairy tale”
“Grow up and read something else”
“Hey you know the name of the next Potter book, it’s Harry Potter and Sour Dosa Batter”
That is how I used to make fun of my dear friends who are great fans of Harry Potter Books and I seriously regret for it now 🙂 . Though I love reading books, I think I hated Harry Potter series because my friends were too crazy about it. I must get back those words now and publicly confess in my blog that I have also become a big Harry Potter fan.
It’s all started around 4 months back, I went to one of my friend’s home and I saw a series of Harry Potter books aligned nicely in her bookshelf with her other medical books (she is a doctor). I was too bored that time and was also very curious to know what’s in there for these guys to be too crazy about it, so I borrowed the 1st part “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” after series of warning from her to return back the book safely.
I really enjoyed a lot reading that book and It took me to yet another fascinating world. After completing the 1st part I badly wanted the start read the next one, so with no patience, I started reading it on my laptop from my friend’s ebook collection. Other than the 1st part I read all the other parts on my laptop. I should also admit that at times I used to read in between my working hours at my office (Hope none from my office reads this :P). Just before couple of days I completed reading all the 7 parts and feeling happy and great about it (Please don’t ask why). Just feel like thanking J.K. Rowling for those awesome books.