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Reading in 2012

I set a target of 50 books to read this year. I started the year with a fantastic book by Terry Pratchett, “Carpe Jugulum”, and things picked up pace all through Jan. But I read only 1 book in Feb, so it seemed as if my target was ambitious. Given that Feb flew by in a blur, what with our relocation, and sundry administrative issues, the fact that the one book was GRRM’s Game of Thrones, I wasn’t too worried. However, as the year went on, the reading picked up pace. And I finally closed the year with 86 books read (and another 180 unread on bookshelves – real & digital. But let’s not discuss that.)

The best books I read this year were:

Fantasy
Salman Rushdie – Luka and the Fire of Life
George R.R. Martin – A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin – A Clash of Kings
JRR Tolkein – The Hobbit
Nilanjana Roy – The Wildings

Humour
Tom Holt – The Better Mousetrap
Tom Holt – Barking
David Thorne – The Internet Is a Playground
Nora Ephron – I Remember Nothing

YA Fiction
Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games

Thriller
Jo Nesbo – Headhunters

Comics
Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg – The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes (Volume 1)
Brian Vaughan & Fiona Staples – Saga, Vol. I
Art Spiegelman – The Complete Maus

Poetry
Gulzar – Selected Poems
Jawed Akhtar – Laava
Faiz Ahmed Faiz – Pratinidhi Kavitayein

Reading
Veena Venugopal – Would you like some bread with that book?
Mark Haddon, et al – Stop What You’re Doing And Read This

Business
Lynda Gratton – The Shift: The future of work is already here

Life & Philosophy
Cheryl Strayed – Tiny Beautiful Things
Clayton M. Christensen – How Will You Measure Your Life

Non-Fiction
Joshua Foer – Moonwalking with Einstein
Simon Singh – The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-Breaking

Miscellaneous
Don Rickles et al – The Playboy Interview: Funny People
Rukun Advani – Written For Ever: The Best of Civil Lines

 

The complete list of books, in the order of reading is:

1. Terry Pratchett – Carpe Jugulum – Pratchett leads you down quite a few blind alleys, on a hilarious horror story with witches, to an extremely satisying ending with a twist.
2. Vendela Vida – The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers – Interesting interviews, although some of them were mutual admiration society stuff. Still, a worthwhile peek into the writers’minds.
3. Jeremy Hope – Reinventing the CFO – A war-cry to the CFO’s to change: the world has changes, and the stresses are many; the only CFOs worth looking at/for, are those who know how to lead this. Hope tells them how!
4. Paul Hoffman – The Left Hand of God – Hoffman built an interesting, gripping premise for 300 pages, and then lost it not knowing what to do with it! Disappointing!
5. Salman Rushdie – Luka and the Fire of Life – Rushdie tells a children’s tale; only it’s too powerful to be read only by kids! Proves why he is one of the best writers around.
6. George R.R. Martin – A Game of Thrones – This book proved well deserving of the hype…as well as being as good as the tv series based on it! Martin spins a complex web of stories, which will captivate, enthrall & fascinate readers of all hues & age groups!
7. George R.R. Martin – A Clash of Kings – Martin continues the saga with a worthy sequel to “A Game of Thrones”. Although I need a break from this epic thriller now, I can’t seem to let go of the Starks & the Lanisters!
8. Cyrus Broacha – The Average Indian Male – Cyrus tries to be funny. In fact, he tries too hard. And fails consistently. Add to that, the numerous spelling & grammatical errors that plague this book, and you’ll be well advised to avoid this altogether!
9. Josh Horowitz – The Mind of the Modern Moviemaker – Only for movie buffs; the interviews give an insight into the minds of the folks selected, but most of them are people you’ve never heard of, and so are left wondering about their inclusion.
10. Louis L’Amour – Dutchman’s Flat – Nice stories to while away the time, daydreaming of a place long ago, the Wild American West.
11. Eugene O’kelly – Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life – O’kelly writes movingly of meeting the final days head-on; with joy & building on the relationships.
12. Louis L’Amour – Kiowa Trail – Westerns in first-person are never as much fun as those in third-person; strictly for L’amour fans
13. Gerald M. Weinberg – The Secrets of Consulting: A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully – Invaluable resource book for all consultants, and their clients! The book’s funny, irreverent tone only masks some really good & true & serious advice.
14. Marshall Goldsmith – Mojo: How to get it, How to keep it, How to get it back, If you lose it – Goldsmith is the world’s leading executive coach, and the book demonstrates why. It’s witty, insightful, and filled with really good advice on how to become more effective professionally. However, he fails when he asks you to compromise your values in order to succeed professionally.
15. Jennifer Egan – A Visit From The Goon Squad – No more classical literature for me. Ever. Thoroughly disappointed by the fact that critics seem to love only the books which somehow are a showcase for the writer’s wordsmithy, rather than for actual story-telling. Nothing moves in this book for damn near 200 pages!
16. Neil Gaiman – The Sandman: Book of Dreams – Really good stories with many layers, and awesome one-liners!
17. Louis L’Amour – The Daybreakers – Part of the immortal western series, “The Sacketts”, this is a slow, thoughtful examination of human frailties & motivations, set in the context of the Wild West.
18. Richard N. Bolles – What Color Is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers – This is the definitive how-to manual on finding a job. But it left me a bit disappointed, since there was nothing really new here!
19. Ronald Cohen – The Second Bounce of the Ball: Turning Risk into Opportunity – Good guide to making use of your inner uncertainties, and overcoming them, in order to succeed as an entrepreneur. Could have done without the repetitive examples of how Cohen made it happen!
20. Michael Robotham – The Wreckage – About a 100 pages too long, but a delightful thriller nonetheless.
21. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap I: Magyk – Why does all YA fiction have to travel the same roads as Rowling/Pratchett, I’ll never know…but it’s getting repetitive, and quite boring folks!
22. Veena Venugopal – Would you like some bread with that book? – The best book I’ve read this year! A journey into a reader’s heart…lots of laughs!
23. Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg – The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes (Volume 1) – The reputation of this book, as one of the foremost comics of all time, is rightly deserved!
24. Lynda Gratton – The Shift: The future of work is already here – Gratton examines the changes in the world, and how they impact work & workplaces. A sociological masterpiece!
25. Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely – All-Star Superman, Volume 2 – Not really all that great
26. Jon Stock – Games Traitors Play – Jon Stock writes a spy thriller, reminiscent of Jason Bourne, but rather darker. I do wish he’d found a better way to end this one though.
27. Oliver Sacks – The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat – Some interesting cases, of rare neurological disorders, which give us an insight into what makes us whole, what makes us human!
28. David Stone – The Orpheus Deception – Stone writes a worthy sequel to Echelon Vendetta, which I read 2 years ago.
29. Swapan Seth – This is All I have to Say – Short, quick reads; musings on everyday life, from success & failure, to marriage, love & parenting! The chapter on failure was great!
30. Mark Haddon, et al – Stop What You’re Doing And Read This – A collection of 10 essays about reading, and books, and the thoughts & dreams of readers. Absolutely delightful. Goes to the top shelf!
31. Tom Holt – The Better Mousetrap – Possibly the best fiction I have read this year, or in the last 2 years! Holt at his personal best. An engaging, hilarious mix of magic, management and humor.
32. Vilayanur Ramachandran – The Emerging Mind – Ramachandran’s BBC The Reith Lectures compiled in one small volume. Essential for anyone who wants to understand neuroscience.
33. George R.R. Martin – A Storm of Swords – The third book in the series, A Song of Ice and Fire.
34. Stephen King – Full Dark, No Stars – Chilling stories of humans who go over to the dark side, which is in all of us!
35. Gulzar – Selected Poems – Some really nice poems, with stunning translations by Pawan Verma
36. Raghuvir Sahay – Log Bhool Gaye Hain – These are highly acclaimed poems, by a much-celebrated poet. But they didn’t work for me!
37. Jo Nesbo – Headhunters – Absolutely brilliant! Nesbo writes lyrically, magically, about crime, and the baser elements inside his protagonists! Some amazing lines too!!
38. Nora Ephron – I Remember Nothing – Ephron is always a delight to read; she finds the absurdity in everyday affairs & displays it for all of us, with sympathy, wit & humor.
39. Jawed Akhtar – Laava – This is a stunning collection, of really fabulous, heart-moving ghazals & nazms!
40. Jeffrey Archer – False Impressions – Archer is a master of racy thrillers, which make you believe at times that they could have actually happened, some small plot-holes & unnecessary descriptions notwithstanding!
41. Cheryl Strayed – Tiny Beautiful Things – Luminiscent is the only way to describe these essays; they provoke really strong emotions, at times tears…absolutely amazing advice columns on life & love!
42. Michael Pollan – The Omnivore’s Dilemma – It’s an important book, tracing the journey of the food we eat…but for some reason important books are usually really badly written. Boring as hell; abandoned mid-way!
43. Clayton M. Christensen – How Will You Measure Your Life – Christensen’s classic HBR article turned into a book, still manages to retain the vibrancy & relevance. A must-read for everyone, not just young college graduates!
44. Terry Pratchett – Thud! – Pratchett is the only writer who, rather consistently, manages to hold my attention throughout the book, with his wit & humour, masking the fairly important points he wants to make.
45. P.D. James – Talking About Detective Fiction – I usually avoid reading criticisms, but James brings a keen eye to her first love, Detective Fiction, and introduces us lovingly to her favourite contemporaries & predecessors.
46. Louis L’Amour – Lonely on the Mountain – L’Amour is a master at the craft of storytelling, but this one didn’t work for me. Too many changes in tone & voice, and too many long-drawn descriptions of stuff not happening.
47. Ramesh Menon – Siva: The Siva Purana Retold – Menon’s translation skills are seriously good; but the stories are by-now too stale & repetitive for me. Hindu mythology is like a longer, and boring, version of Game of Thrones.
48. Kouzes Posner – Credibility: How Leaders Gain And Lose It, Why People Demand It – Kouzes & Posner make a compelling case for credibility, as the primary quality a leader needs to strive for.
49. Tom Holt – Barking – Anyone who wonders why Tom Holt is my favorite writer, needs to read this book. Holt brings law, lawyers, and other horrifying creatures to life in this rollicking read.
50. Nilanjana Roy – The Wildings – Nilanjana’s debut breaks new grounds, from the story to the characters. This is a genre-defying, absolute must-read. Can’t wait for the sequel.
51. Faiz Ahmed Faiz – Pratinidhi Kavitayein – There is no modern urdu shayar who even remotely compares to Faiz. It’s difficult to say whether these are revolutionary love poems, or romantic revolutionary poems.
52. Saul Smilansky – 10 Moral Paradoxes – This was on my to-read list for a long time. But to say that I was disappointed would be understating it a fair bit.
53. Sam Harris – Lying (Kindle Single) – Harris makes a compelling moral case against lying, except in the most extreme situations.
54. Parween Shakir – Pratinidhi Kavitayein – Shakir is a new voice, a refreshing change from the recent crop of the shayars. But this is not a very encouraging selection.
55. Rukun Advani – Written For Ever: The Best of Civil Lines – These are brilliant essays. Made me want to pick up each issue of Civil Lines & devour it.
56. Jo Nesbo – The Leopard – Nesbo is a master. This is a great thriller, although it brought me to my pet peeve of complaining about the length of novels nowadays!
57. Nazir Banarasi – Nazir Banarasi ki Shayari – Some of the sher’s were passably good, but Nazeer is just not in the same league as Faiz, Akhtar, Gulzar or even Raahat Indori.
58. Odayan – Level10 Comics – Indian comics have certainly come of age; the story arc & the art in both these comics was stunningly good!
59. Daksh – Level10 Comics – Indian comics have certainly come of age; the story arc & the art in both these comics was stunningly good!
60. Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites – Pratchett takes on the touchy, sensitive issue of misogyny & gender with his trademark light touch, lacced with humour, wit & sharp satire! Really, really good!
61. Terry Pratchett – Mort – This was a re-reading; and it was worth it!
62. Art Spiegelman – The Complete Maus – Spiegelman manages to weave in the complex Holocaust history with his troubled relationship with his father, in a moving, harrowing comic, which will stay with you a while after it’s over.
63. Daniel Coyle – The Little Book of Talent – Coyle talks about 52 tips & tricks to improve performance; a brief summary of all factors. Very very good!
64. Ben Coes – Power Down – The first half of the book was reminiscent of Ludlum, but Coes couldn’t keep the pace up. Not to mention the racist black & white world he drew.
65. Joshua Foer – Moonwalking with Einstein – Foer’s engaging & inspiring account of going from covering Memory competitions to winning one, with a year’s preparation is filled with unexpected nuggets of wisdom & insight. Great!
66. Jonah Lehrer – The Decisive Moment – Lehrer sheds light on the deepest mystery of all – how our brains make up their mind!
67. Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games – This was the best YA fiction I read in a long time; slow on romance, deep on action. Collins doesn’t treat her reader as kids to be talked down to.
68. Sidin Vadukut – Who Let The Dork Out – A fitting conclusion to the Dork Chronicles. Robin Einstein Verghese grows up, and wins the day by wits & luck! Hilarious
69. David A.J. Axson – The Management Mythbuster – Axson is everybody’s favourite old uncle: wise, world-weary, cantankerous, doesn’t tolerate fools gladly, yet lovable! Must-read for all who are weary of management bullshit!
70. John Grisham – The Racketeer – Grisham returns to form, after a few years of meandering in wasteland. Really good!
71. Ben Coes – Coup D’Etat – Factual errors & a meandering story made this a disappointing read. One wonders why thriller writers don’t use wikipedia, at the very least! I couldn’t finish it – a first after a long long time!
72. Anant Pai – Mahabharata I – The Kuru Princes – There are a few typos, and one wishes some of the language was a little less flowery. But on the whole, this series is as satisfying a read as it was when I read it as a kid!
73. Anant Pai – Mahabharata II – The Pandavas in Exile – The language in this part of the Trilogy is really awful: cliched, ornate & meaningless at times. The story continues to rock!
74. Louis L’Amour – Jubal Sackett – This is a winding novel, with nothing much to it, except the thoughts of a lone wanderer. L’Amour tries to write a literary western novel. Didn’t work for me.
75. Simon Singh – The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-Breaking – Simon Singh brings to life an arcane topic, but one that is possibly of interest to everyone. This is a really well-written book.
76. David Thorne – The Internet Is a Playground – Thorne is wildly funny; it is not advisable to read anything written by him in public – you’ll laugh so hard, you’ll lose your reputaion!
77. Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith – The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales – These are NOT your everyday Fairy Tales; these are Fairly Stupid Tales…in fact, some of these are Incredibly Stupid Tales. Delightful!
78. Jon Scieszka, A. Wolf & Lane Smith – The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs – Scieszka is a true master – it’s a tribute to his genius that he can tell an upside down fairy tale, with a twist, without dumbing it down.
79. Jon Klassen – I Want my Hat Back – Really good pictures, and a simple but lovely story!
80. David Thorne – I’ll Go Home Then, It’s Warm and Has Chairs – 2nd book by David Thorne is almost better than the first!
81. Anant Pai – Mahabharata III – On the Battlefield of Kurukshetra – This was significantly better than Part 2 of the trilogy, partly because it avoided (to some extent) the religious imagery
82. JRR Tolkein – The Hobbit – Tolkien’s mastery of the forces that make a great fantasy are evident here; this story could have led to the birth of a 100 LOTRs. Great imagery!
83. Don Rickles et al – The Playboy Interview: Funny People – Do NOT, under any circumstances, read this book in office, hospital, bus/train, or any other place with other humans present. These are really hilarious interviews!
84. Nasreen Munni Kabir – In the Company of a Poet: Gulzar, in Conversation with NM Kabir – Long interviews are a dying form. This is very readable, but most of the stuff here is known facts. What makes this book readable is the character of Gulzar which shines through.
85. Brian Vaughan & Fiona Staples – Saga, Vol. I – Stunning imagery, great storytelling: graphic novels come of age!
86. John Kay – Obliquity – Some of our most important goals are achieved indirectly. Kay makes some important points in this regard. However, parts of the book seemed rather contrived

My wishlist is up at Flipkart – http://www.flipkart.com/wishlist/mohit

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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Books, Life, Thoughts

 

#flashreads for Free Speech – III

Another reminder that #flashreads will happen on 14th Feb. (You can see the #flashreads invite or read more about it here)

I’m posting one of my all-time favorite poems below.

सबसे ख़तरनाक / पाश

मेहनत की लूट सबसे ख़तरनाक नहीं होती
पुलिस की मार सबसे ख़तरनाक नहीं होती
ग़द्दारी और लोभ की मुट्ठी सबसे ख़तरनाक नहीं होती
बैठे-बिठाए पकड़े जाना बुरा तो है
सहमी-सी चुप में जकड़े जाना बुरा तो है
सबसे ख़तरनाक नहीं होता
कपट के शोर में सही होते हुए भी दब जाना बुरा तो है
जुगनुओं की लौ में पढ़ना
मुट्ठियां भींचकर बस वक्‍़त निकाल लेना बुरा तो है
सबसे ख़तरनाक नहीं होता

सबसे ख़तरनाक होता है मुर्दा शांति से भर जाना
तड़प का न होना
सब कुछ सहन कर जाना
घर से निकलना काम पर
और काम से लौटकर घर आना
सबसे ख़तरनाक होता है
हमारे सपनों का मर जाना
सबसे ख़तरनाक वो घड़ी होती है
आपकी कलाई पर चलती हुई भी जो
आपकी नज़र में रुकी होती है

सबसे ख़तरनाक वो आंख होती है
जिसकी नज़र दुनिया को मोहब्‍बत से चूमना भूल जाती है
और जो एक घटिया दोहराव के क्रम में खो जाती है
सबसे ख़तरनाक वो गीत होता है
जो मरसिए की तरह पढ़ा जाता है
आतंकित लोगों के दरवाज़ों पर
गुंडों की तरह अकड़ता है
सबसे ख़तरनाक वो चांद होता है
जो हर हत्‍याकांड के बाद
वीरान हुए आंगन में चढ़ता है
लेकिन आपकी आंखों में
मिर्चों की तरह नहीं पड़ता

सबसे ख़तरनाक वो दिशा होती है
जिसमें आत्‍मा का सूरज डूब जाए
और जिसकी मुर्दा धूप का कोई टुकड़ा
आपके जिस्‍म के पूरब में चुभ जाए

मेहनत की लूट सबसे ख़तरनाक नहीं होती
पुलिस की मार सबसे ख़तरनाक नहीं होती
ग़द्दारी और लोभ की मुट्ठी सबसे ख़तरनाक नहीं होती ।

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2012 in Books, Life, Quotes, Thoughts

 

#flashreads for Free Speech – II

A reminder that #flashreads will happen on 14th Feb. (You can see the #flashreads invite or read more about it here)

RULES FOR CITIZENS
A poem by Jeet Thayil

Let us govern those who undertake the telling of stories.
Censorship is good governance. Self-censorship is an attribute of the highest civilization.
If an actor speaks of God, he will be chastised. He will be refused an encore. If he repeats the speech, he will have his license revoked.
Let us govern those who undertake praise of the next world, since what they say is neither true nor useful to us.
Our best recourse is to be warlike.
We do not deny that storytellers are good at their job and give people what they like to hear. But the better they are, the less we wish our children and men to hear them.
We shall refute their attempts to be wise. We shall scoff when they repeat their vile allegation, Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must remain silent.
We will do away with the dirges of famous men and leave them for women, and not the best among women either.
Let us abolish those fearful and terrific names, Cocytos, the River of Lamentations, Styx, the River of Fear, Ganga, the River of Death in Life, Lethe, the River of Bliss, Tigris, the River of Affliction.
We shall disallow travel and the mingling of songs.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Life, Links, Quotes

 

#flashreads for Free Speech

From the #flashreads invite:

#flashreads is a simple way of registering your protest against the rising intolerance that has spread across India in the last few decades. At any time on February 14th—we suggest 3 pm, but pick a time of your convenience—go out with a friend or a group of friends and do a quick reading. Mail me for selected readings, or feel free to pick your favourite passage on free speech, or from the works of any writer who has faced sedition charges, a book ban or other forms of censorship.

Feel free to create your own way of protesting.

THE IDEA: To celebrate free speech and to protest book bans, censorship in the arts and curbs on free expression

WHY FEBRUARY 14TH? For two reasons. In 1989, the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering the death of Salman Rushdie for writing the Satanic Verses. In GB Shaw’’s words: “Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.”

February 14th or Valentine’s Day has also become a flashpoint in India, a day when protests against “Western culture” by the Shiv Sena have become an annual feature. In Chandigarh, 51 Sena activists were arrested by the police after V-day protests turned violent in 2011.
Our hope is to take back the day, and observe it as a day dedicated to the free flow of ideas, speech and expression.

Places where you might do public readings: subway and Metro stations, public parks, coffee shops, open areas in malls. If you’re talking about Flashreads on Twitter, please use the #flashreads hashtag.

If you have a blog, a tumblr or a website, an easy way to join in is to post Tagore’s poem, “Where the mind is without fear” on your site for a day, or choose any excerpt (posted below).

I totally agree! And so I’m posting Tagore’s poem below:

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth…
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Kudos to Nila-di for organising this. Do join in!

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Life, Links, Thoughts

 

Musings on losing a friend

Since I heard the news of Karthik’s sad demise, I have not been able to stop thinking about how unfair it is. I just returned from his funeral, and had an opportunity to see the spontaneous outpouring of grief, born out of the love & affection he inspired in everyone whose life he touched.

While I battle my own grief, however, I have been able to turn my thoughts inwards, and reflect on our lives & how we choose to lead them. This is an attempt to jot down some of these points (in no particular order) to ensure I don’t lose track of them.

1. Almost all reminiscences start with “the last time we met/talked…” Given that, isn’t it strange how little an effort we put in to ensuring we have many more such moments of togetherness? Meet to your friends & loved ones every chance you get; you never know which meeting will be your last. Because after that, there are only regrets…

2. If you can’t meet, call every once in a while. Saying “I can’t do it” is not an excuse. You’ll miss these people when they’re gone. And they’ll be gone sooner than you think. All of us lead busy lives, full of things we MUST do. The question is: do we make the time to do the things that we WANT to do?

3. When someone you know & love dies, make the time. To visit. To call. Or at the very least, to write in. Yes we know you are busy running the world, but there is always time for a phone call or an sms. And in case you are thinking you won’t know what to say, here’s some news: it doesn’t matter WHAT you say, as long as you say it. For the spouse, the parent, the sibling, the son/daughter who’s in grief, the same words work no matter how many different people say them. The effort is more important than the exact words. The fact that someone took the time is usually helpful, as is knowing that they don’t grieve alone. And if my words don’t help, do this: close ur eyes & imagine losing the person closest to ur heart. Now imagine no one comes to the funeral, no one calls…open your eyes. Go, do the right thing!

4. Say the magic words, “thank you”, “sorry”, “i love you”. A lot! Reach out. Never underestimate the power of a touch, a hug, or a smile.

5. Make your calendar reflect the important things in your life. People say the most important things in their life are their kids, wife, friends, hobbies, etc. And then they spend hours everyday watching tv, chatting with perfect strangers online, mindlessly surfing the net, playing games! I know, because I’m as guilty as anyone else. (Hey, if those things are important to you, go ahead & do them, by all means. All I’m saying is, just take the time to think before you do it, okay?)

Evaluate your calendar: are you spending time on things more or less in proportion to the importance you place on them? If yes, great. If no, start making small changes today.

P.S. – Also read Sunada’s inspiring post which makes the important point regarding living in the moment! (via Gaurav. Thanks!) It also features this beautiful poster, which I’m posting below:

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Life

 

RIP Karthik Pazayanur

One of the advantages, probably the only advantage, of studying at a great school/college is the opportunity to meet, trade ideas & make friends with people of extraordinary talents & intellect. I have been fortunate to come in contact with many such minds. Some of these ‘brains’ also came in bodies with ‘hearts’. Hearts that were calm, peaceful & joyous. These people brought joy to everyone they touched.

One of such rare combinations was my classmate, Karthik PR.

Karthik (Born 5th Oct, 1974) left us for his heavenly voyage on 26th April, 2011, as a result of a shocking swimming accident, the news of which left us all stunned.

Karthik was one of the PGP-Reps of our batch; the lead singer of Baro-C (hindi band); President-Dramatics Society. He scaled many heights in the corporate world as well. However, while his achievements may fill pages, his memories will continue to flood our hearts!

Always ready with an easy smile, and his trademark quick wit, Karthik made friends across the traditional boundaries. Ever the charmer, he always made you feel special, and heard. And he always had time for a quick phone chat, even though he would almost never ever respond to a mail.

He is survived by his loving wife, Anjali. Our prayers are with her, and with his parents in this sad time.

Rest in peace, my friend! We will miss you…

 
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