Why did I pick this book ?

My dad was doing some kind of basic research for a movie script that he was writing about the rise of Neo Nazism. To supplement his research, I had got this book for him. He did manage to complete his script , sent to Steven Spielberg’s office and he did get an acknowledgement and an extremely well written refusal from them. Incidentally after he passed away, I was examining his writings and found some markings for me in the book. In any book he reads , he marks passages as “Z” for me to read. He had marked an interesting story of death for me in that which is as follows

“A rich and mighty Persian once walked in his garden with one of his servants. The servant cried that he had just encountered Death, who had threatened him. He begged his master to give his fastest horse so that he could make haste and flee to Teheran, which he could reach that same evening. The master consented and the servant galloped off on the horse. On returning to his house the master himself met Death, and questioned him, “Why did you terrify and threaten my servant?” “I did not threaten him; I only showed surprise in still finding him here when I planned to meet him tonight in Teheran,” said Death”

What do I like about the book ?

I feel if someone can endure the horrors of Auschwitz, survive it and contribute in a significant way towards uplifting fellow human beings, it is worth a read and possibly repeated read. I am curious about what is it that goes inside someone who despite having undergone such pain can come out and be an influence for millions of people over decades.

What is one interesting idea that I learnt ?

I found understanding of the concept of Karma supplemented with this passage

“When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept suffering as his task; his single and unique task. He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden.”


Paras or Quotes that I liked

Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensure, and it only does so as unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run-in the long run, I say!- success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.”

How long it would take ?

It would take possibly two hours of reading and has the ability to move a stone like me. It will affect deeply some portions in you.

Parting Words

In our day to day life, we seem to be stressed out with too many little things. My request is even a fast reading of this book will help you realise that our stresses are made out and possibly not real at all.

Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)