Saturday, June 27, 2009
I was in school - 7th or 8th Standard is when I heard about Michael Jackson. I did not know how he looked, how he danced, how he sung - but I was already a fan. My friends who had listened to his music and seen video brought by their Amru uncle - told in such vivid details that MJ was already dancing in my imagination.
Then I caught MJ on World this Week - hosted by Prannoy Roy - the only window to the world I had at that time. And what I saw was better than what I had constructed in my memory.
Over the years I watched him fall from one disaster to another and prayed silently for him. And in 2000 he was awarded the greatest entertainer of the century by Mtv. And in his acceptance speech he said "You ain't seen nothing yet". Gave me hope - perhaps he has turned a new leaf and will produce another amazing album. Sadly the clock stopped for him.
I saw a tweet from someone yesterday - "even my office peon knows about MJ" - that sums it up how great a person he was.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
This book written by the Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho - is a very very bad book - in a good way - because it has the potential to change your life upside down !! You can finish it on a weekend - 160 pages is all it is. It traces the journey of Santiago, the shepherd boy who goes in hunt of a treasure.
This book will have a huge impact on your life. While reading and after reading it will leave you disturbed, questioning yourself, and if you had suppressed a dream - a dream of starting your own business, or learning something like guitar which you keep postponing, or going on a crazy bike ride to another city - anything - these dreams will come alive and will dance before you.
The book teaches you to follow your heart. It is as simple as that. In fact all of Paulo Coelho's books have this recurring theme - do not suppress your dream, you have one life and you have to allow it to go where it is destined to go. Do not restrict yourself saying this is all you were born to do - a 9 to 6 job, slogging at work day in and day out. Take risks, and let your heart decide what is to be done - and 9 out of 10 situations your heart will pick the right path.
Go ahead hunt for the treasure by listening to your heart - your heart already knows where the treasure is.
Some memorable quotations from the book:
"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
"There is only one way to learn. It's through action."
"Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World and it will one day return there."
"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."
If you are interested you can read what I wrote about this book a year back on my personal blog - when I was still working 9 to 6 - http://kvrlogs.blogspot.com/2008/07/alchemist.html