Last week, I was saddened to hear about the demise of one of India’s most prolific writers and editors, Mr Khushwant Singh. For many like me who grew up in India, he remained a larger than life figure who was known to be outspoken, firm on what he stood for (though not everyone may subscribe to his views) and often controversial. These perhaps hid another part of his life which was that he was a prolific writer who covered a variety of subjects over the decades by way of his published work. Some knew of him as a historian, with his History of the Sikhs being a top-notch contribution to the story of that illustrious race to which he himself belonged to. Others remember him for his novels, including that moving story, “The Last Train To Pakistan.” I read this decades ago but I still remember the story quite vividly. Yet others may remember him for his fund of jokes bordering on the risqué which he published in book form.
The best part of writing is that you try to express your thoughts and feelings through the medium of words. As experts in communication have pointed out since long, what you write does not necessarily come across to the reader in the way you meant it to. Rather, it ‘s the reader who decides how she will interpret what you have written. A hallmark of excellent writing is when the writer can get the reader to be in sync, as it were, with his thoughts and feelings even if he writes about a character in a novel. Continue reading
This is one book I would definitely put on my reading list. The story of Jeff Bezos and Amazon, one of the companies that have changed the way the world shops. Today with revenues of $ 61 billion Amazon has everything you would want to shop for.
“The Everything Store” by Brad Stone, published by Little, Brown and Company looks to be a very interesting biography of a company that “placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read. “
Like I did yesterday, I am sure all over the world many from The Wodehouse Society of which I am a proud member would have raised a toast to celebrate the 132 nd birth anniversary of one who I believe is the finest writer in the English language, Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881-1975). Continue reading
Let’s face it. It’s not only here to stay but social media has swamped our lives, at home just as much as at work. Irrespective of your age or position in the organization, you find yourself pulled into the web of social media. If not to be with the times, or simply to know what is going on, even older people who looked down on Facebook or Twitter as passing fads have had to re-think.
I had the pleasure of reading a very interesting book published earlier this month. It’s called, “Disrupt! Think Epic. Be Epic” and is by Bill Jensen, CEO of the Jensen Group, a firm that specializes in “simplifying work complexities.” Some of you may have seen my writing blog, “Writing To Be Read.” You may like to see my review of the book. I would urge you to read Jensen’s latest book, if you want to survive and thrive in today’s disruptive world.
Here’s a top corporate executive who is also a well-known author of fiction. He is the Chief Learning Officer of Wipro.
His recent non-fiction work on hiring the right talent, “Don’t Hire The Best: An Essential Guide To Picking The Right Team” is a “must read” for anyone who has anything to do with hiring the right talent for their organizations. Continue reading
As you know, I have started a series here called “Interesting People” where I spoke of “Chess Anand” Iyer and Nandini Vijayaraghavan. If you liked these interviews, you might like to follow a new series that I have started in my writing blog, “Writing To Be Read.” This blog is largely about books, authors and writing.
In this series, which I have called “Meet The Author” I hope to chat with authors about their work, their schedule and what keeps them going.
The first in this series is with Andaleeb Wajid. I hope you will enjoy the interview. The next interview will be with Abhijit Bhaduri on February 15. This will be followed by one with Sheila Kumar on March 1. As of now the last lined up is Vikram Sampath on March 15.
There are likely to be more to follow. Fingers crossed.
I don’t know Tamil myself, at least I have never studied the language formally. The Tamil I speak is the language I picked up by ear on the streets of Madras (as Chennai was then called) during my childhood and college days decades ago. A regret I always had consequently was that I never could read some of the classics for which the ancient Tamil language is famous for. Continue reading