Friday, July 18, 2008

Adieu to a senior colleague.

A senior colleague bid adieu at work today as it was his last. He is just getting transferred to one of our offices in a different country.

I haven't personally had much of a chance to interact much with him, in fact to think about it, I don't think, I have spoken to him at all, maybe an occasional smile, that was about it.

I have read his blogs. I have seen him go about do his work, a knowledgeable man, should be (from the role that he held), a humble man, something about him, his actions, have brought me to like him.

And today being his last day, there was a small leavings gathering at the center of our office. Few simple words to say thanks from both sides.

Sometimes, there are some people, who talk less, who don't try to prove a point, who just go about doing their work, people just like him, there is that warmth, that good feeling when that person is around. A sense of confidence. There is respect. There is that something!

He is one person, who will definitely be missed !

Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahari.

My initial impressions about the author - nice writing skills, knows how to play around with words.

I started reading this book a couple of days back, and kept reading, chapter by chapter wondering what is the connection. There was an obvious disarray and zero connection between the characters. Each chapter was introducing new characters and comfortably forgotten the ones in the previous chapter.

I was imagining that at some point the author will bring the characters together and point out what the connection was.

What I actually didn't actually realize was that the book was a collection of short stories :D ! If I had known that earlier and read it as only a collection of short stories, I would have liked it better.

Life of Bengal Indians settled in the US, UK are things which are obviously common amongst all of them. Then there's relationships, affairs, partition and life in general.

Sometimes, I felt there was just too much detail, but, I think that was maybe required because they were short stories.

Later, I learnt it had won the pulitzer award. Definitely worth a one time read.