Tuesdays with Morrie

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Author: Mitch Albom

ISBN: 978-0-7515-2737-7

Price: 225 INR

Website:http://mitchalbom.com/

After reading Albom’s ‘5 people you meet in heaven‘ I was sure that I wanted to read more of him and hence this is my second read of the same author.

Mitch Albom is a very successful sports writer journalist who is busy..very busy in his life and travels like the speed of lightning..he has no time to even pause and think about himself..He running short on time due to which his love life also suffers but he has no idea what to do to bring it back to normal…

Mitch’s life changes gears only when he sees Morrie,his old professor,on a certain television program and remembers that when he graduated he had promised his old professor that he would stay in touch with him..he also gets to know that Morrie is soon going to die with a disease called ALS [Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis]…that is when he decides to visit the professor..after 16 years..once there he realizes how much he has missed Morrie and that he would want to meet him often now till he is alive. They settle down on an arrangement that they’ll meet every Tuesday and Morrie will teach Mitch 1 lesson of life every time they meet.

There are 14 Tuesdays,that they could manage to meet until Morrie dies…These are presented in the book in a very crisp manner with life’s important lessons in 192 pages.

The book is philosophically toned and very ‘positive-attitude’ oriented book. It teaches of a lot of those things which you might already know but would not have seen from different perspective..It talks about very basic human emotions and realities of life like love,touch,tears,death,family,people etc.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a 1997 non-fiction novel by American writer Mitch Albom. The story was later adapted by Thomas Rickman into a movie of the same name, directed by Mick Jackson….

I also watched the movie and I cried…it does that to you !

My rating for the book is 4*

Buddha: A story of enlightenment

…by Deepak Chopra.

A book about the life of Buddha, as the title suggests. The tale begins with the birth of Price Siddhartha, delves into how Siddhartha goes on to become monk Gautama and ends with how Gautama attains enlightenment and becomes Buddha. I won’t be able to do any justice if I start to narrate the whole story here, so I’m not even going to try.

Let me begin by saying that I am not aware of many details about the life of Buddha. So, personally for me, this book was a good start to get a peek into the stories and anecdotes from his childhood to his days as a young prince, from his decision to become a monk to him attaining enlightenment. It was a fast paced, engrossing story to read and I enjoyed it.

What I most liked about the book was the spiritual / philosophical outlook of life that Buddha’s words bring forward – the thought that everything / everyone around is an illusion, that letting go of desires will take us a step closer to looking beyond the illusion that surrounds us, that there is a state of pure eternal consciousness within all of us and to reach it we need devotion and hard work, etc. I don’t know how much of it the deep rooted teachings I really grasped, but I definitely am intrigued by it all.

The point that disappointed me about the book is the fact that the author discusses very little of Buddha’s life after he is enlightened. Two thirds of the book is only about his life before, as a prince, as a monk. As much as I enjoyed reading that, I would’ve liked it more if that part was cut short and the latter part was discussed in detail.

For the longest time I’ve wanted to read a book with a spiritual angle to it…something that doesn’t preach religion or God, but talks about how someone reached peace within himself/herself. And this book has provided acted as a good start. Now I know that I will be reading more about Buddha’s life and teachings.

This book was the Reader’s Choice Book of the Month for this month. So, did you read the book? What are your thoughts?

My rating: 3*.

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