Went to Dolmen Mall for something and stopped by at Liberty Books. As expected, I ended up buying 4 more books 🙂 Finished reading The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder yesterday and started How to be Bored by Eva Hoffman last night. Have read 20 pages so far and I’m hooked! Felt like she was talking about the issues I’ve been thinking about. Hoping to find some practical tips to try.
With all the crazy hype about US Presidential Elections, and the uncertainty after the result was announced, I needed a break. Wherever I looked, people were discussing the elections, to the point that it was getting on my nerves. In this scenario, a colleague from a remote area shared a photo of an 8-year old girl from an underprivileged family. This girl was a drug addict and has recently been detoxified with the help of local community organizations and volunteers. That reignited my hope in human spirit and bonding! I shared this news with a colleague who said “that made my day!“. Indeed, it did make our day. Years ago, I read this quote:
“There are those … who enter the world in such poverty that they are deprived of both the means and the motivation to improve their lot. Unless these unfortunates can be touched with the spark which ignites the spirit of individual enterprise and determination, they will only sink back into renewed apathy, degradation and despair. It is for us, who are more fortunate, to provide that spark.” (H.H. The Aga Khan IV)
Am reminded of it again today. May we be blessed with the opportunity and wisdom to help ignite the spark in our fellow human beings’ lives (Amen).
So, it didn’t take me a few days but only a few hours last night to finish reading Dr. Gawande‘s book titled “Complications” 🙂 What an engrossing read it was! I am now on to his next book titled “Better“. Started reading it this morning and am looking forward to lots of learning and food for thought.
“When you start paying attention to your thoughts you awaken your higher self. Start tuning into your inner dialogue, listening to your heart, and noticing what’s in your gut. In this world of non-stop stimulation, where we are so rarely alone with our thoughts, doing this seems radical. But I guarantee that you’ll discover amazing new things.”
With lots of books in my collection still waiting to be read, I ended up buying 2 more books last week after a brunch with my university friends. Despite reminding myself to not buy more books, I ended up buying Dr. Atul Gawande’s books along with a small-sized coloring book. It doesn’t really help if you have friends who also love books.
I started reading Dr. Atul Gawande‘s 2002 book titled Complications over this weekend. Must say that this book was not exactly what I had expected. It was much more! It wasn’t just a recollection of a young surgeon’s experiences but a reflection on some very critical issues. I haven’t read anything like this before. It combines medicine, research, reflection, and moral/human questions. Must read if you’re interested in medicine, ethics, and issues and challenges facing caregivers and patients alike. Hope to finish this book over next few days.
Yesterday, I found a few video interviews of Dr. Gawande and thoroughly enjoyed them. Very thought-provoking!