My first thought is Azhiyadha Kolangal - It is a 1979 movie in Tamil regional language and directed by one of those intelligent directors, Balu Mahendra. It had leading actors in the main roles, though the movie focussed on the life of three teenage boys and their adolescent days - their first love, witnessing a death, emotional excitements, small village..etc.
I still remember the day i forced myself with my father and his friends to watch this movie. It was a rainy afternoon, where we had to take up the strong showers, get wet and still made sure that the movie was watched.
When I follow cricket as a news and live my life with two ardent cricket fans, it is inevitable I know Yuvraj to some extent - I identify his name with these adjectives – young, energetic, loving son to his parents, raring to make more of life and cricket………… and ofcourse, he is known in the Bollywood circuits also!
It was such a shocking piece of news when I heard it – ” Yuvraj has Cancer”
Knowing as much (actually, as little) as I know about Yuvraj and his family with my as much knowledge about the “big C” disease, I can certainly empathize with what he and his family are going through. While it makes it challenging for anyone to go through the deadly big ‘C’, it is even more challenging to be in the prime of your life and being knocked down by this big C for no fault of his! Especially, knowing how his mother will be feeling now…………….I was really sad. While I completely appreciate the philosophical “Life is just a journey”, this news still left me with an uncomfortable feeling.
And today morning, I was looking into Yahoo news and this is the link I got…………….the Cricket Vs Cancer ………made me feel positive and hope that for Yuvraj, the ONLY big C in his life will be the C in Cricket - if all the cricket fans and their family across the world can wish him and support him with their prayers for a minute - there definitely will be a miracle.
So, here is the wishing from me and the sincere hopes - “Yuvraj, Yes! You Can!” !! The Big C in your life is ONLY the BIG Cricket!
Join me in taking this HOPE statement (Yuvraj, Yes You Can!) across the globe to Boston!
Anitha’s short story got the first prize in Unisun Reliance Timeout writing competition 2011 - I was very happy happy !!……Can’t stop posting this……….check her interesting blogposts here. One more women who multitasks, manages work and family and still keeps her passion for life, and continues to strive for the best keeping her feet firm on the ground!! :) :)
Congratulations, Anitha!!! God bless!!
Being in a profession where people are the investments, I am lucky that I love to interact with people - I always feel that the people I meet are the ones who have shaped me to a better human being than what I was in the past……
It was one such meeting yesterday - he is in his early thirties and has been in IT industry for twelve years now and is moving out to purse his management education in IIM C - relocating with his wife and two little kids to a new city, leaving the plum IT job he had!! Knowing his background, I was so happy for him….Happy that he is making the right decision and moving towards his goal in life!!
He shared that his greatest concern about people are about the CAPACITY LEAKAGE they are going through and not even aware of that - CAPACITY LEAKAGE is a new word!! When I was looking puzzled….he explained - everyone in this world gets only 24 hours a day, but then….how we are using it makes the difference. He said in the IT industry, there are millions of youngsters who are spending loads of time on things which are not a priority - they have so much capacity to do so many things, but because of their mindset, they merely exist !! The enormous amount of capacity which gets leaked from each individual is un imaginable and if used well can help this society! I can not disagree with him…how many times we have heard the young IT crowd talking about being stressed, not having enough time, etc… How many times do we think that we can improve every day on our time management skills, while most of the time we end up giving excuses like “am so busy…i hardly have time!”
He left me with a thought - if it is possible for him….why not for all? - what is that I can do to influence my circle to ensure that they are aware of their capacity? Lot to think and implement!! …….
- Author - Chetan Bhagat
- Category – Fiction
- My rating - 3 on 5
It took me three unfruitful visits to the nearest book shop – “stocks are over, please come after two days!”. While I was getting disillusioned and decided to make the visit to the largest city book store, my colleague lent the book.
Given that all Chetan’s books had been easy reads, i started reading this. Ok, now you can skip the next paragraph, as I just copy and pasted the previous book’s review as it suited this book review (i am getting influenced about taking easy routes!!)
As always, the typical Typical Chetan Bhagat story – starts with a scene where he gives a first hand narration – brings the feel that the author is sharing his experiences with us – immediately makes us feel that we are part of it….well used technique! And of course, he has the right mixture of the popular ingredients - love, family, corporate world, sentiments and finally, the established well accepted climax of “they lived happily ever after”!!…………what else you need for connecting to the mass of India!! I got connected!! It was an easy read – not much of a challenge for an average English reader, simple vocabulary
But, should i say “Chetan did it again!! :) Recommended!!”……………….but i want to take a minute…..
There was something in this book which did make me feel that it could have been handled better -
Having read all his published books, i strongly felt that Chetan probably is much more intelligent than just to handle this subject by taking a dig at particular community and their ways of life….sure, he did apologize mentioning that he loves south Indian, but i closed the book with a feeling that he took an easy route…he did not put enough efforts to bring out the best of both communities and highlight the cultural gaps!!! Not sure if it is the expectation which was built within me after his previous books OR the repeated “stock over, come 2 days later” inputs from the book store OR the fact that this book already went into multiple reprints OR the fact that this book is rated as ‘No 1 fiction’ in the book seller’s stand - BUT, THERE DEFINITELY IS A DISAPPOINTMENT!
Nevertheless, a good read! We expect more from you, Chetan!!
I continue to go through my own share of doubts - what is next Gen India going to do? As part of parenting a teenager, there are times where I continue to compare my teenage days with the current teenagers - current Gen X has a lot of options and they have more access to anything they want - INTERNET is a big power……! I sometimes have detested their ‘know-all’ attitude, but I also acknowledge that they know more than what I knew at their age – but, still there are doubts on how they are going to fair in life!
When I listened to the two presentations by startup entrepreneurs, I was pretty convinced to give a Thumps up to Next Gen India!!
Thumbs Up!!! :) :) :)