Making the iBio for the apple genius could have never been an easy task.Jobs, who had it all , who transformed the way technology was looked at and turned all those lessons from childhood into a purposeful theory that ruled the world for almost a decade.As a biographer of Einstein and Benjamin Franklin , Walter Isaacson has got an elegant style of delivering the lives of legends to common man,though, writing about someone who is almost dying of pancreatic cancer, who’s family is going through a tough phase , to extract it all in a time frame and to refer to the living as past and carefully balancing it all, are very challenging issue that Isaacson has handled beautifully.
As a kid he was a rebel who made his parents move out of their old house and get a new one which was way beyond their means only because he wanted to enroll into a better school, as an adult he was an authoritarian who liked seeing things only in his way and detested another individual’s opinion.Yet, he had a caliber that would remain unmatched.He knew what people wanted even before they desired.He gave a new dimension to how innovation could be looked at. He copied, stole, took major unethical steps. But he delivered, Something not a common made would be capable of.
He believed in Picasso’s words – Good artists copy, Great Artists steal. But he is a legend , because he knew what he was doing.
This is the essence that the book carries.
This book is a very touching book .The book mainly deals with the conversations that the author has with his professor with whom he lost touch for almost two decades. He reunites with this Sociology Professor who is at the last stages of a terminal illness ALS . He recalls the earlier days when he used to have a class with his Professor every Tuesday. Now that he meets him ,they decide to begin classes again on Tuesdays ,But now the topic is “meaning of life”.
Throughout the book we see how this professor welcomes death with dignity. Though he is in pain and has to depend on somebody for every single act, he never shows any self pity. Instead he showcases courage ,optimism and humour.He never mourns or grieves his illness but tries to live the last few days meaningfully and happily.The book has 14 Tuesday classes each discussing different aspects of life.forgiveness family ,world caring for the society, to mention a few.
The relationship between the student and the professor is almost like a Son Dad relationship and when meets Morrie on the 14th Tuesday for the last time he cries for the first time in many years.The beauty of the book is that it does not talk too much about the illness or how the professor suffered physically.The conversation itself makes us understand how Morrie sees life and how he is ready to face death
The Tuesday lessons are not just for the author, but for all of us.
It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.
This year’s nominees most certainly gave a tough competition , One of the shortlisted books was by a well known Indian origin author- Jhumpa Lahiri,
The other nominees –
*A Tale for the Time Being
*The Testament of Mary
*We Need New Names
Born: 10 July 1931, Wingham, Canada
Residence at the time of the award: Canada
Prize motivation: “master of the contemporary short story”
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Books can not be killed by fire.People die, but books never die.No man and no force can abolish memory…..In this war, we know books are weapons.And it is a part of your dedication always to make them weapons for man’s freedom.
-Franklin.D.Roosevelt “Message to booksellers of America” , 6 May 1942
Title: House of Cards
Author: Sudha Murty
Genre: Fiction / Drama
Publishers: Penguin Publications
“House of Cards” is a story bringing into force the suburban lives of people, with the simplicity of village life clashing with the city life. Mridula , the protagonist is a young , smart and hardworking girl.She is introduced as the daughter of Bheemanna, who is a very rich person in Aladahalli, a small village near the towns of Hubli , in Karnataka. She enjoys her life, and is always brimming with energy. Years pass by and Mridula grows up into a beautiful young lady, and talk of marriage starts. Then Sanjay comes into the picture , a talented, but poor doctor, who works in Mumbai.
Mridula is a mother’s girl and her dad’s world , She marries Sanjay for his intelligence and simplicity . After marriage Sanjay slowly starts moving from the life of a doctor from a government hospital to that of a hospital magnate.Things appear to go smoothly, till he takes up private practice after getting tired of the job at a government hospital.Money and more money , becomes his ultimate goal of life. The tension of too much money and sudden success seems inevitably slides into corrupt means and practices.Material success does not change Mridula but strains her relationship with Sanjay. Their son , Shishir , who is pampered by his dad , grows distant from Mridula .
The story line is based on how the family overcomes all these issues and realizes the better meaning of life and family .Its a must read book for any Indian who is aware of how Money and fame can strain personal relationships.”Money is a useful tool , its like a knife , you can either kill a person with it , or cut an apple ” A character sums it up wisely .