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4 Life Lessons from Sachin’s “Playing It My Way!”

It’s been a year now since Sachin Tendulkar (hereby called Thalaivar in this post) kissed the Cricket pitch goodbye! He has moved on in life, spending time with family, adopting villages, writing an Autobiography, etc. The Nation is yet to move on. He is the nation’s (okay, majority of the nation’s) greatest pride. So when his Autobiography hit the shelves recently, it was only natural that his countrymen and cricket lovers world-wide expected it be as awesome as his batting. A lot has been written about the book already. I will reserve my comments for a later day. Today, I list down 4 Life Lessons that stand out in Thalaivar’s “Playing It My Way”

Do your duty, everything else will fall in place

To put it bluntly, Thalaivar is just another human being like you and me, who went about doing his duty diligently, day in and day out. When he failed, he practiced hard. When he succeeded, he practiced harder. It’s amazing how just by doing his duty (along with some God given talent), he is literally worshipped by millions of people.

If you deserve something, you’ll get it somehow; today or 20 years later

Imagine. Thalaivar had to see the likes of Andrew Symonds and Brad Hogg lift the World Cup before him having got the chance to do so. Throughout the book, Thalaivar describes the painful journey of working so hard to win the coveted World Cup and failing five times, in succession.  It all comes down to the clichéd phrase, “Quitters Never Win, Winners Never Quit”.

Music heals

If there’s anything apart from Cricket that Thalaivar mentions in “Playing It My Way”, it’s music and food. Music is a great healer. It’s a man’s best friend when he is dejected/disappointed. It helps channelize your emotions and concentrate harder. No wonder a lot of sportsmen (including the likes of Thala Rahul Dravid) take to music to improve concentration levels.

Be grateful to your teachers, family and God

Ramakant Achrekar would have been a proud teacher just to see his pupil (Thalaivar) excel in International Cricket, let alone Thalaivar crediting a major chunk of his success to Achrekar Sir. Thalaivar (mentions in his book) never fails to pay a visit to his teacher Achrekar Sir, his aunt (who played a major part in his early years as a budding cricketer) and two local temples, every single time he leaves India for an away series. Such a simple life lesson – be grateful to your teachers, family and God!

Book review: Life is what you make it

Ankita has everything going her way.  She is great at writing and painting. She is the Arts Club Secretary of her college. She gets MBA  admission in one of the top management Institutes in Mumbai. Then, a chain of events lands her as a patient in a Mental Hospital. How Ankita musters the courage and strength and how love and acceptance changes her life for the better, forms the rest of the book.

I have always been a fan of first person narratives. That’s why I liked Chetan Bhagat. I am yet to figure out why many young Indians hate Chetan Bhagat. May be because he thinks and acts like the representative of India’s youth (he is approaching 40). But, I loved most of his works.

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“Life is what you make it” is also a first person narrative, told by Ankita. It is actually apt, since most of the narrative actually deals with what is going on in Ankita’s mind. I liked the way Preeti Shenoy (author of the book) showed the stark contrast in the cultures of conservative Kerala and open Mumbai. The parts describing Ankita’s college days set in Cochin are filled with witticisms that keep the reader engaged.

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This is the second work of art relating to Bipolar disorder that I’ve come across. The first was the Dhanush starrer, “3”, a tamil movie. While “3” had the lead character committing suicide, “Life is what you..” is the story of how Ankita overcomes the disorder and truly understands the meaning of her existence.