Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom — Review

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

I use Grammarly's grammar corrector because of you know, Grammar Nazis!

I think its time to accept that Mitch Albom is slowly rising on my favorite authors list! After reading his The Five People You Meet in Heaven, I was eagerly waiting to get my hands on the next in line -Tuesdays with Morrie! As a side note, there are many more books by Mitch I haven't read yet, so just in case you are thinking hard about my birthday gift, get the hint!  *wink*

Although Mitch's book do sometimes feel like those self-help books (which I abhor), but the simplicity of the conversations, and the similarities with common life incidents depicted in his books make them stand way apart from any other genre. Tuesdays with Morrie, on the similar lines, is about a student and his teacher.

Morrie Schwartz, a sociology professor dying of a big named disease is contacted by his favorite student from yesteryears - our Mitchy boy! and then starts the series of meetings between the Mitch and Morrie discussing a dying man's thoughts, regrets and lessons about life! The professor's views are neatly divided into chapters about death, fear, aging, greed, marriage, family, society, forgiveness and a meaningful life.

Though a little on the preachy side, the book at the very least pushed me into thinking about a lot of things which I take for granted in real life. However, the irony of the book is, why did the sociology professor had to wait till the time he reached his deathbed before pondering about his life and all its important components! He practically spent his entire life researching about these components in other people's lives! :) Guess our Mitchy boy didn't get a 740 on GMAT!

I finished the book yesterday evening, and was pondering upon a very hitting sentence in the book ''I traded lots of dreams for a bigger paycheck, and I never even realized I was doing it.''! And then within a few hours I read the news about Satya Nadella becoming the CEO of Microsoft. Now, I am not drawing any comparison here, but just look at the picture below (from msft website):

I insist you open it in a separate window and view higher resolution version. We see a 46 year old Nadella, a 58 year old Gates and a 57 year old Balmer. What struck me here, was the frail, old looking Nadella who is the youngest of the lot!

Let's not digress! So Morrie and Mitch meet up for the next sixteen Tuesdays and discuss fundamental issues of life, while Mitch is making notes, and as a result we got Mitch's final thesis for submission to his best teacher, known as a book called Tuesday's with Morrie!

The book is pretty thin, and unless you savor each and every word slowly, you will exhaust it in leisure read spread over 2-3 days! I was craving to read few hundred pages more of such simple conversation between a teacher and his student, but alas, it ended too soon!

Do give this book a chance if you get time! It is a must read, and a long time keep in my book shelf! (Buy from amazon India)