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June 10, 2010 at 10:31 am (Uncategorized) (, )

A product is only as good as the person selling it

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Shopaholic Abroad by Sophie Kinsella

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Read: To Kill A Mockingbird

June 6, 2010 at 1:20 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

It took me about a month to read this book. Reading this book was more like a leisure to me. What attracted me to buy this book was because it was an award-winning book. As far as I’m concerned, this book has been a great American literature. I might not be able to capture the messages Harper Lee intended to bring, however, I think it was a good book 🙂

It talked about a girl, Scout, about her daily discovery of new stuffs, the society she was living in, and her family. She had a great lawyer-father, Atticus Finch who was a very fine man, full of justice and impartiality towards others. In the book, Atticus fought for an innocent Negro, who was accused of raping a teenage girl. He tried his best to fight for that black man, neglecting what others said about him (it was an era where the whites despised the blacks). I think Atticus was a great character and there’s a lot that we could learn from him. In this book, the racial inequality was so strong that although evident had proven the black man to be innocent, the jury still convicted him. Racial inequality could bring the morality of a society going down the drain.

There was a reclusive character in the book, called Arthur Radley, nicknamed Boo by Scout, her brother Jem and her summertime-friend, Dill. They thought he was rather an odd person, never came out from his house, and had tried many times to get him out of his house. In the book, Boo had showed his fondness towards the kids by putting some gifts in the hole of a trunk of a tree several of times. Towards the end of the story, when a guy wanted to hurt Scout and Jem, Boo came to their rescue and managed to save their life. Lee was telling us that we should never judge a person simply because of what he/she appears to be.

Well, I could only capture a small part of what Lee intended to portray in this book. I think everyone should give this book a read. It was an award-winning book, I am sure other readers could catch/learn something that I couldn’t see in this book.

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Read: Tuesdays with Morrie

April 24, 2010 at 2:01 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

This is a non-fiction book, written by Mitchell Albom (known as Mitch in the book) about those final days he spent with his dying lecturer. In this book, Mitch Albom recorded down the lessons he learnt about life and death from his beloved lecturer. Prof Morrie Schwartz was a sociology lecturer back in the university where Mitch earned his degree. Sixteen years after Mitch graduated, by chance, he got to know that his lecturer was diagnosed with a deadly illness called ALS. During the time, Mitch was a very successful columnist where he devoted all his time into his career, buried his childhood ambition to become a pianist. He was lost. Soon, when he visited his lecturer, he was taught by Morrie, the greatest lessons about life.

This book has greatly touched me. It taught me more about life. There were important things that I didn’t realize it matter so much to me before I read the book. One of the chapters that had a great impact on me was about “Forgiveness”. Morrie said that we should forgive ourselves and then forgive others before we die. There were countless times where we did something that made us regret when we looked back after a while. People always said time flies. It’s true and we can never go back to what have been done or happened in the past. My dad has passed away some time ago, when I was still a student. I could have seen him for one last time if it was not because of my decision to earn some extra money during semester break. I regretted about what had happened and sometimes blamed myself for the decision made. I couldn’t get it over with. I cried terribly after I comprehended what Morrie said.

Morrie also told us to commit our time to create something that gives us purpose and meaning in life. Most of the time, we are too occupied with our jobs and often neglect our spiritual needs/ family. Our culture has taught us to earn money, get rich, own a car, own a house and enjoy early retirement. Most of us have been blinded with worldly materials. Of course, to be able to survive in the society, I must admit that we, sometimes, have to go with the flow of the culture. Morrie said we must be strong enough to stand alone and against the perspective of the culture. I have to agree to Morrie on this. The culture has taught me about the importance of money and I still can’t let go of this. I was struggling when I read this part. I’m not strong enough to go against the culture or I should say I’m still in the quest of finding purpose and meaning of life.

It’s such a great book and it really enlightens me in certain areas of my life. It makes me cherish my life even more nowadays. At the same time, I find myself very miserable because I have wasted almost 24 years not doing what I’m supposed to do. This world would be a happier place if we don’t have to achieve what we are pursuing now.

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