life lessons

Musings…

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A few days back, I stumbled upon this article written way back in 1997 by Mary Schmich. And as I was reading it, I was nodding and smiling and also thinking about the relevance of the words even today. I share here an excerpt of that article – (more…)

YES, MY ACCENT IS REAL – MY THOUGHTS

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Author – Kunal Nayyar

Blurb –

Of all the charming misfits on television, there’s no doubt Raj from The Big Bang Theory — the sincere yet incurably geeky Indian-American astrophysicist — ranks among the misfittingest. Now, we meet the actor who is every bit as loveable as the character he plays on TV. In this revealing collection of essays written in his irreverent, hilarious, and self-deprecating voice, Kunal Nayyar traces his journey from a little boy in New Delhi who mistakes an awkward first kiss for a sacred commitment, gets nosebleeds chugging Coca-Cola to impress other students, and excels in the sport of badminton, to the confident, successful actor on the set of TV’s most-watched sitcom since Friends.
Going behind the scenes of The Big Bang Theory and into his personal experiences, Kunal introduces readers to the people who helped him grow, such as his James Bond-loving, mustachioed father who taught him the most important lessons in life: Treat a beggar as you would a king. There are two sides to every story. A smile goes a long way. And, when in doubt, use a spreadsheet. Kunal also walks us through his college years in Portland, where he takes his first sips of alcohol and learns to let loose with his French, 6’8” gentle-giant roommate, works his first-ever job for the university’s housekeeping department cleaning toilets for minimum wage, and begins a series of romantic exploits that go just about as well as they would for Raj. (That is, until he meets and marries a former Miss India in an elaborate seven-day event that we get to experience in a chapter titled “My Big Fat Indian Wedding.”)
Full of heart, but never taking itself too seriously, this witty and often inspiring collection of underdog tales follows a young man as he traverses two continents in search of a dream, along the way transcending culture and language (and many, many embarrassing incidents) to somehow miraculously land the role of a lifetime.

My thoughts – (more…)

Life is a Pack of 52 cards – my thoughts

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Author – Sumeet Jain

Blurb –

Life is always a game of choices. It involves an interplay of conclusions that we draw every day, depending upon our perception of life. 
As the perceptions change, so do the conclusions too. To some, life has always been half-full’ while others perceive it as half-empty’. Through this book, one can easily solder wire the brain, to look at life only and only as an offering ‘half-full’ instead of looking at it as half-empty. It is neither a book on Do’s and Don’ts nor is it some kind of a rule-book. It does not unveil any secret recipe of that magic potion either, which we have been searching for years.
The book, in reality, is a beautiful and honest compilation of authors personal and professional experiences. It elucidates and describes the various teachings that life has offered to him over all these years. Life is not only stranger than we can ever imagine, it is mysterious as well. It is like a riddle, wrapped as an enigma. Life is also the single most complex process to be understood, after the human brain. Each one of us has a unique life to live and each one of us has to deal with it uniquely rendering it almost impossible to have one size that fits all. However, the book would surely help us create a framework, thus enabling us to lead and live our life better in bliss and in peace.
The author pledges to donate all proceeds from the sale of this book to Being Human Foundation dedicated to educating the underprivileged kids and undertaking healthcare measures for them. He firmly believes that while our earnings reflect how we make a living, our contributions to the society embody how we make a life.
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WWW WEDNESDAY VOL. 21

www_wednesdays43Hello book lovers! 

It’s Wednesday and time for another episode of WWW, the weekly book meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. To play along, we just have to answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

And here are my answers this week: (more…)

WWW Wednesday Vol. 18

www_wednesdays43Hello book lovers!

It’s  Wednesday and time for another episode of WWW, the weekly book meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. To play along, we just have to answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

And here are my answers this week: (more…)