Great reads

UAE-based movers and shak­ers of the lit­er­ary world tell Khulekani Madlela and Shreeja Ravin­dranathan about the one book that changed their lives…

Friday - - Contents - Vas­anti Sun­daram Ed­i­to­rial di­rec­tor – Arab Re­gion, APCO World­wide, au­thor of Foot­prints, Me­moirs of an In­dian Pa­tri­arch

Books that changed the lives of movers and shak­ers in the UAE’s lit­er­ary world.

The Last Lec­ture

by Randy Pausch, 2008 I read this book four years ago, when I was look­ing for an­swers to life’s deeper ques­tions. I just stum­bled upon it dur­ing a fam­ily hol­i­day in Ben­galuru and read it in one sit­ting. I’ve read the en­tire book twice and keep re­fer­ring back to it. The book was born out of a lec­ture Pausch gave in Septem­ber 2007 ti­tled ‘Re­ally Achiev­ing Your Child­hood Dreams’. A month be­fore giv­ing the lec­ture, Pausch, who had been suf­fer­ing from pan­cre­atic can­cer for a year, had been told his con­di­tion was ter­mi­nal (he died on July 25, 2008). In his talk, which is strangely pos­i­tive, he shrugs off the pity of­ten given to those di­ag­nosed with ter­mi­nal ill­ness. The book dis­cusses ev­ery­thing Pausch wanted his chil­dren to know once he’s gone. He re­peat­edly stresses that it’s im­por­tant to have fun. The book in­spired me to make some life-al­ter­ing per­sonal de­ci­sions. I put away the things that stressed me and be­gan to savour life. Thanks to the book I have a greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the ‘now’ and it also taught me the power of sur­ren­der­ing to the uni­verse. This is a book that I con­tinue to gift to spe­cial friends on spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.