Saturday, May 20, 2006

Some books I read recently

Here are some of the books I read in the last fortnight, in the order in which I liked them...

1) Two Lives by Vikram Seth. This is a fantastic book. I am always in awe of Vikram Seth's easy writing style... he achieves the greatest aim of any writer... makes the reader comfortable and makes her turn the pages in anticipation of more fluent, free-flowing, well-chosen words. A thriller makes one turn the pages in a different way, a classic makes the reader turn the pages in a different way. Both delight the reader. This is a classic :-)

2) Mahatma Gandhi - His Life and Times by Louis Fischer. An evergreen book.

3) Effective Communication by John Adair. Found an old, yellowing copy in my dad's shelf. What Adair has spoken about is timeless, so it did not matter that it was an old book. I enjoyed reading it.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Excellent writing tips

Here are some excellent "writing tips", or "excellent writing" tips, or whatever you want to call it, by Nimish Dubey. Really fantastic ones!

http://www.tcp.in/writeline/

Sunday, May 14, 2006

A Relatively Cool Genius

The Sunday Times in New Delhi carries a regular feature called "Guru Gyaan: The lives and times of the world's most influential thinkers". Today's episode was titled, "He was a relatively cool genius" - understandably, it was about Albert Einstein. And I was positively thrilled because he is one of my favourite personalities.

His theory of relativity is one of the most influential thoughts of this era. Whether you look at is as a scientific theory or a philosophical one, it makes sense, relatively at least ;-) In simple terms, the theory states that your reality is determined by your point of view. Well, forget physics and look at it in terms of life. Really, my joys and sorrows, challenges and victories, passions and peeves, they are all mine, and others might not be able to associate or even make sense of many of them, because they can probably not look at my life through my POV! Hmm, here's one theory that requires a lot of thought. I'll let you alone with that.

Here are some cool quotes by Einstein:

It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure

Gravity can't be held responsible for falling in love.