It’s been a long time since I was here. Many things have kept me off blogging, but I guess most important of it was I forgot why I started blogging in first place. For if the motivation is strong enough for a task, we can find time to do it.

I recently happened to remember that one of the reasons of starting this blog was to keep in touch with writing. And so, in spite of the fact that a PhD pursuit can make demands on your life that make finding time for anything else criminal in some eyes, I am planning to read many books this year and planning to write a bit about them too. Here’s first of such entries.. By the way, the title (hopefully) translates to “Old and new ideas about living life”.

*Khalil Gubran – The Prophet

I did a presentation on Gubran recently and it would be sad if I didn’t read one of his books. This is a nice read; written so long ago but I can relate to it, parts of it at least! The book presents his thoughts on myriad of topics relevant in day to day life. Thanks to a friend who recommended that I read it.

I am not sure I want my mom to know I am reading about marriage but here is an excerpt on his thoughts on marriage:

Love one another, but make not a bond of love;
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

*Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

I cannot claim to know many books which talk about women in (or not so in) workforce and their challenges. So it would be difficult to rate this one. But being one of “these women” still in workforce, I am glad I read this book. More glad the author took time to write about this.

She succinctly points out what keeps women from gaining equal footing and I would be lying if I say I don’t see/face these challenges. So in all, its good we are talking about this. I hope anyone out there who sincerely cares about scanty women representation in workforce finds time to read this book. Finally, hoping to employ all that I learned from this book.