It has been four years since I first read Tuesdays with Morrie which was one of the best non fiction, memoir I’ve ever read. It sparked something, a feeling I’ve never felt before. The tag line, ‘an old man, a young man and life’s greatest lesson’ echoed in my mind all night. The book was too good, worth reading more than once and worth sharing.
Tuesdays with Morrie topped the New York Times Non-Fiction Bestsellers of 2000. An unabridged audiobook was published, narrated by Mitch Albom himself. It contains the conversation between Mitch and his once sociology professor Morrie Schwartz.
The book got me interested in knowing more about the author and his works. So, here goes the bio:
Mitchell David Albom was born on May 23, 1958. He’s an American, author, journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, radio and television broadcaster, and musician (whew!). His books have sold over 35 million copies worldwide. He was a sports writer in the earlier part of his career, now best known for the inspirational stories and themes that weave through his books, plays, and films. Most of his works revolve around life and emotions.
His works include:
- Tuesdays with Morrie
- The five people you meet in heaven
- Have a little faith
- For one more day
- The time keeper
- The magic strings of Frankie Presto
- The first phone call from heaven
And many more including a few works in music. The best thing about him is, his upbringing. He had supportive parents who encouraged him to do more, telling him it’s a big world out there and he ought to see it. He belonged to a middle class locale and made it big. He started his career as a columnist for Queens Tribune, still working in the field of music to support himself financially.
His books have been made into television series, namely For one more day, The five people you meet in heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie. Oprah Winfrey herself produced the television movie ‘For one more day’, which is my favourite book of his. So, Mitch Albom is a playwright, musician, author and a journalist who’s trying to make a difference through his work.
This week having celebrated Indian Independence Day on August 15th, it seemed to be the perfect time to write about someone who was part of the Indian Freedom Struggle.
Sarojini Naidu, The Nightingale of India. She has achieved a lot in her political career and also played a major role in Indian Independence. A feminist, who had a flair for poetry. We’ve read a lot about her part in the Freedom Fight as kids, but it was in my late teens that I came across one of her short stories. It was a book on Indian literature and out of all the other stories, hers had a great impact on me.
Sarojini Naidu was born on February 13th, 1879 in my hometown Hyderabad. She graduated from Kings’ College London and got married at the age of 19. Her poems were blithe and beautiful. Many admired her writings. Some of her published and popular works are, The Golden Threshold, Bird of time and The Broken Wings.
Her writings were mainly focused on the history, culture and the ongoing practices of the society. Her stories, many of which, directed towards the suppression of women in those days are weirdly the mirrors of how women are treated today. When asked if she was a feminist regarding her writings about women, she replied politely that she writes facts, things that are happening and are nothing new or fantasized, whatever it was to be tagged is not my decision, but I do write for women empowerment.
Having married someone out of her caste at the time where inter caste marriages were not allowed, she was one of the very few who asked why women don’t get to have their own name and why it’s her father’s before marriage and then husband’s. These little details show how rebellious she was and being highly educated gave her the strength to question the customs. Her father deserves a great mention, for having given her the freedom to explore and express her own self.
If anything she is an inspiration to every woman and writers globally. It is sad that how her writings of women’s sufferings still apply to this day.
Oh, we need a new breed of men before India can be cleansed of her disease
— Sarojini Naidu
Blogging communities as beautiful as they are, are full of members you haven’t met. Here at Blogger’s World we are all about engaging and encouraging new and old members of the community. As the kind of new but still old member, I one day decided to go through all the members of this community and I am astounded to have not found some of them early on. Which made me wonder, some people are missing out on some really interesting blogs and vice versa. So here is an idea of featuring bloggers of the community, like we do a feature about authors who made history, this is about bloggers who make this community.
Today’s feature is Ellie from Welshshortbread
To having pick up the habit of reading in late teens, historical authors weren’t really my pick. I was the modern reader, with easier vocabulary and much simpler stories. So when I took up to post a weekly feature. I thought or writing someone I’ve read and have made history, just coz he is alive doesn’t mean he hasn’t made history!!
Amish tripathi, best known for his Shiva Trilogy, gave up his successful banking career of 14 years to publish his the first book of the series. Now that is not something new, there are many authors who gave up their careers for publishing and many quite successful. What differs is that his lack of creative writing all his life, and his openness of acceptance of the fact that he never was creative.
Shiva trilogy is a more human take on mythology of God Shiva. He is portrayed to be human, the story of him before he turned God. Amish was an atheist for a major part of his life, he never took any creative writing classes or ever attempted to write any short stories. Yet he comes out with a book series,that not only takes the country by a tide but also gains immense appreciation.
“Being an Indian, no matter what your interests are you either become an engineer or doctor”
That is so true, it aches a little to realise how much creativity is being crushed in India. He was one the few authors who made it into top 100 authors list. Even after having his entire life in a pretty sorted out state, he pushed all of it away, risked everything and took on to write about a highly prayed God, which could have gone either way. That risk was payed off well. In future it wouldn’t be a wonder to people to learn mythology of Gods from his books more than they would learn from holy books.
This is my first attempt I’d be really glad to have some critiquing in the comments section. I hope I stuck to the rules of weekly feature 🙂 You can feel free to check out my blog here
When I first started blogging, some members of this forum have been a tremendous help to me and made some excellent conversations. I’ve been a follower since then and can’t say how happy I am to be invited. So I just wanted to drop in a quick thank you for all the help and support. Excited to be here 🙂
Can someone tell me if the posts saved as drafts in the app won’t display when you open it in browser? I wrote post as a draft on my phone in the WordPress app, but that didn’t show up in my drafts when I opened it in browser. #help
Thank you 🙂 You can check out my blog here..