Monday, March 25, 2013

An experience of a life time: Mylapore Arubathu Moovar: Kapaleeshwar temple:

I have gone for the Arubathu Moovar Thiruvizha (Kapaleeswarar temple festival) in Mylapore almost every year and it never ceases to be interesting.

This year too I spent nearly 4 hrs roaming the streets with my wife and 2 kids. Have put in snaps and a small video. Please do have a look at the video of the flower throwing contraption below - very interesting.

I even noticed Thirvalluvar and vasuki for the first time!!

Some street music

Some other pics

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Book: Good to great: Jim Collins

Good book - you always knew that leadership was not about charisma or sweet talk, yet around you its rewarded almost every day. This book probably presents to most concrete evidence of substance and humility over style as the real reason for great performance. (level 5 leaders as put in by the author)

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Book review: Viktor Frankl: Mans search for meaning - Profound

This book is about the experiences of a psychiatrist who was in Nazi German concentration camps. This book is profound in its value to all in daily life. It does not so much delve into the life of the concentration camps , but uses it only to set the context for the behavior and thinking of men at the camp and its relevance to life. His discussion on freedom and responsibility ,3 motives and one irrrevocable freedom is very original.

I liked this quote best in the book
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

He propounds the concept of logotherapy towards the end that may not be directly useful, but in my view this was probably the origins of what they call positive psychology.

Just so that some of you may be tempted to read it, it also figures in the HBR list of 11 books every young leader should read


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Book review: Habit: The power of habit : Why we do...... by Charles Duhigg

Great book....... Especially if you have been wondering why smokers "never" quit or how sometimes of the year you have been able to pick up a lot of good habits but never been able to sustain them. Worth reading a few times.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Movie: Cocktail: Nice one - viewable once

I am not much of a fan of Saif Ali or Deepika but this movie is quite well taken and breezy. Some of the songs are catchy too.

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