SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME...
- FRANK ZAPPA
- FRANK ZAPPA
'Reading became one of my main hobbies and passions from early days. Books have certainly taken me to places and lives that I wouldn't otherwise encounter. They have teased my curiousity and given me wings to fly higher and higher.
My committment is to keep this page alive and fresh. Hoping that you can get lost, even for a moment, in a good book! FEEL FREE TO SHARE ONE WITH ME.
Jan 3, 2017: A light joyful vacation read. The Sugar Queen. Loved the creativity and the flow. Surprizingly exciting. Sugar Queen
Dec 15, 2016: Just recently finished " The Sandlewood Tree". If you enjoy historical fiction, if you are curious about how war affected lives, if you can get lost in the allies of faraway lands, The Sandlewood Tree can be your chariot.
Nov 10, 2016: Totally submerged in " Russian Winter". Fascinating story, well written novel on the resilient life of a bolshevik balerina and her mysterious imergance as the head of the Boston Ballet. Russian Winter
Sept 15, 2017: Back to the classical roots. Read Secret Garden and fell in love with it all over again. Secret Garden
Jan 15, 2018: Finished a very light holiday novel. Not my favorite. The writing style didn't attract me much but it was a good story of self discovery, nevertheless. At the Water's Edge
March 15, 2018:Lovely story, skillfully developed characters and beautifully described culture, family, time and how they are affected by WAR. Pachinko was a delight to read. I learned more than I expected. It truly broke my shell of " self victimization".
Dec 2016: Currently finishing " An Everyone Culture" by Dr Kegan. A thorough guide to leading a Deliberately Developmental Organization. Worthwhile leadership tools.
Nov 2016: Going through " Coherance" again. Leadership tools for this century's human beings. Coherence
Feb 2017 : Reading Focusing-oriented Psychotherapy. A bit hard to follow. Shall see.
Revisiting Coaches' shelf. One of my most favorite of all times The Wisdom of Enneagram. The more I am studying Enneagram, the more fascinating I find it!
Reading something a bit different for a change. Still related. Learning about the way our thinking works: System 1 and System 2 define how we make decisions and choices. Quite fascinating research. Thinking Fast & Slow
A book in Bill Gates' favorite list. Not a holiday or leisure read but certainly worth the time. How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking is truly recommended for anyone who is eager to develop negotiation skills as well as communication.
Poems Et al
To a year of unity and overlooking differences! Happy 2017 humanity.
Mary Oliver is certainly on the front line for me. Enjoy this peice, Wild Geese, one of my favorites, recited by her. www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv_4xmh_WtE
I was touched by " kindness" through the heart of the poet Naomi Shihab. https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/11/10/naomi-shihab-nye-kindness/
With all the turmoil, all the change, all the VUCA conditions we are living in going back to poetry become crucial. Finding one's center. Finding peace.
Guest House by Rumi
A little twist! I have been spending time re-visiting Sohrab Sepehri, Founder of modern Persian Poetry. A true delight. Can spend endless hours reading his verses. Footsteps of Water is one of his most amazing works. It's hard to find good translation but if you are curious enough, everything is possible.
Another week with Sohrab Sepehri!
To the realm of words
In a strange dream.
The wind will murmur something.
An apple will fall,
Roll over the graceful earth
And traverse the distant home of night.
Illusions will cave in.
Will see the sad vegetable mind.
Ivies will entwine to watch the grace of God.
Secrets will emerge.
The roots of piety will wither away.
The murmuring waters
Will give light
To the dark roads.
The mirror will understand with its heart.
A friendly breeze
Will agitate roots of meanings.
Wonder will flap its wings.
Deep in the night, an insect
At the green portion of solitude.
Morning will fall
Into the word of morning.
(Translated by Ismail Salami)