Sunday, September 9, 2012

Half the sky-how to change the world!

This past fortnight even as I have waited for the last minute paper works to proceed I have devoured books at the rate of two to three per day.My neice who keeps squeezing in time to spend with me in between her preparation for her half yearly exams keeps a count of it regularly.We also take time out in between to slip in a few cookery shows,a hollywood movie 'wanted' and ofcourse mikado,she beats me to it almost every time.It is good for my concentration and a time out for her even as she revises her french and hindi.
Two heart-warming books were easily-'half the sky'-How to change the world by Nicholas D Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn and 'for one more day' by Mitch Albom.
I had read 'Tuesdays with Morris .'some years back and so the theme of 'One more day' is similar but if I were to put in a line that touched me the most it was-'My mother had she been alive,might have found away through to me because she was always good at that,taking my arm and sayng,'Come on Charley,what's the story?'.But she wasn't around,and that's the thing when your parents die,you feel like instead of going into every fight with a back up,you are going into every fight alone.That I guess summed up the book for me.
The other book 'Half the sky' is iconic in that it writes about the other half who owns the sky but do not get their due-'The woman".It's extreme in it's potrayel of abuse,neglect and exploitation,whereas subtly it happens all the time in all the places,culture....and it is not just woman ,it is the weak...who are exploited,abused and neglected..........isn't it the way of the world!?
Yet Christ said 'Be in the world and Not of it!' The question is are we??

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