The year 2011 brings a great change in my life, it turned a guy who never read more than a few pages of book into a voracious reader. Now reading is my favorite pastime and I realised that reading brings maturity and wisdom in oneself. This page of my blog is dedicated to book reviews of all the books that i loved to read.
Who Moved My Cheese – Dr. Spencer Johnson
“Who moved my Cheese” is a 94 pages book in big print and can be read in less than an hour. This book deals with change, the only constant thing in the world. The book introduced four imaginary characters two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two little people Haw and Hem. Theylived in a maze and everyday in the morning, they went in search of cheese. One lucky day they found a big deposit of cheese at cheese station C. The two little people get accustomedto it. They believed that the cheese there was sufficient for the rest of their lives. They became idle and in morning, started reaching late at Cheese station C. Things were fine till one day they reached station C and didn’t find any cheese there. As it seemed, it disappeared in one night or either the earth or the walls had eaten it. They got frustrated and became angry they cried out “WHO MOVED MY CHEESE”. On the other hand absence of cheese at cheese station C didn’t surprise Sniff and Scury. They had an idea that cheese supply was decreasing there and one day cheese would get over. In spite of being annoyed or became angry they start searching for a new cheese station where they could find some more cheese. They toiled a lot and finally found a new cheese station i.e. Cheese station N, bigger than previous one.
On the other hand Haw and Ham remained there, waiting for someone to come and return their cheese. Later on, Haw realised that the cheese would never come back and he suggested Ham to move in search of new cheese station, but Ham was not ready to accept the fact that cheese could get over . He was not ready to accept the change. He believed “It’s not fair” that someone had moved his cheese. On the day, he reached the Cheese Station C he threw out his Shoes and other equipments. He also suggested Haw to remain there and to wait for someone who had moved there cheese. But Haw had realised that no one would come to return there cheese so he finally decided to move in search of new Cheese Station. Since its after a long while he was moving in maze, he found it quite difficult toguess the routes. He was making notes on walls so that if one fine day Ham would change his mind and start in search of cheese station. These notes should help him. Haw was finding it quite difficult to search a new station as he was not that much familiar with the maze then. He was cursing himself for not starting early but on other hand consoling himself for better late than never. One fine day he found a new cheese station, Cheese station N, He was surprised as he never saw a bigger cheese station than it. There he found two mice Sniff and Scury. Haw thought that it would be much better if Hem too followed him and no one knew what would happen to him.
The simple book deals with change, Cheese is being used here as a Metaphor, it can be anything like a relationship, a job etc. When the person finds that his Cheese is being moved, he is not able to accept the fact and want to live in past and remain unhappy. We must accept the change and try our best to live with that change.
Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse is one of the wonderful books ever written. Siddhartha is a story of a young man who throughout his life tried to follow his inner voice. Story begins when Siddhartha left his Father’s house for search of enlightenment. He believed that he couldnot worked as Brahman because there were many other Brahmans like him and he did not born to do the same thing, he wanted inner peace of mind and soul. He along with his friend Govinda left his Father’s house and went to forest to live the life of Samanas.
The sole aim of life is not to earn money but to create dreams and later on fulfil those dreams. Stay Hungry Stay Foolish is the story of 25 such IIM Ahmedabad graduates who dare to see big dreams and later on devoted everything they possessed to make those dreams come true. They choose the rough road of entrepreneurship. They believe life is something beyond selling soaps. They wanted to do something big and later on had done something that is an example. They were diverse in age, in outlook and the industries they made a mark in. But they have one thing in common, the passion for their dreams. Their life was something more than placement and salaries.