Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Happy Diwali

Hello Folks,

HAPPY DIWALI to you all. This is the first time that I'm spending my Diwali away from home and family members. Yup, I've opted to stay back at the hostel during the Diwali vacations too. Really didn't make any sense even trying to go home, it takes 3 days by train to go home and another 3 while coming back, leaving me only 2 days with my family members. What's the point? And I would've missed Diwali anyway. So, here I am...

Hey, I need to update you about Saturday. Around Thursday last week, Anil Sir (our librarian) asked me whether someone could make a book review on "Who Moved My Cheese?", the bestselling book by Dr. Spencer Johnson. I admitted that I'd read the book and hadn't liked it too much. He said it didn't matter. The moment I heard that, I jumped at the opportunity, for he was talking of making a presentation at Zydus Research Centre. He wanted someone else to present alongside me. I looked around for options, but most people were leaving by Saturday evening, i.e. when the book review was to be done. I finally got Rohit Srivastav to agree, although I doubt he would've agreed had I asked him when he was awake. (I woke him up in the middle of a deep sleep, mumbled some gibberish about some presentation, and he said it was ok, thinking that the presentation was the regular Wednesday book club meeting in the campus for students.)

Finally, on Saturday, we made the presentation. Srivastav covered a general review of the book and I looked at the practical applications of the book. I spoke of the Crossword Bookstore and Amitabh Bachchan as examples to how corporate entities and individuals can change.

It was great fun and Anil Sir has promised more such outings for us. I hope I am a part of many of them, for I just enjoy speaking in public. And the bigger the audience, the better. I just relish at the idea that I'm going to be talking to so many people at a time. It is almost a feeling of power, the power that you wield over them over the duration of your speech. Boy, is it fun.

Anybody shares the same? Would you like to share your experiences about public speaking? And what of the book "Who Moved My Cheese?". Did you like it at first go, or are you a convert, just like me? Comments welcomed.

4 comments:

fotosia said...

Ehum...

I can only say I'm really sorry that you live so far away from home.

To think of it, last year I was convinced I'm studying at some far end of the universe, whenever I had to go 15 hours by train from Belgium to Poland...

You Indians are tough men! :D

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