If I am ever asked to suggest just one book to read which is thin and tiny, has a compelling narrative and is highly engrossing, then out of all the books i have read before and all the books I am yet to read in the future, i will choose
“ TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE”
I learnt about this book from one of the must read lists available online. And soon I bought one for myself from a second hand book store in New Delhi. My sister and my roommate read it before me and appreciated it. Weeks later, I read it too.
The cover was exceptionally ordinary, with a maroon border and pale yellow skin. In stark contrast, what it presented inside was a life changing experience. And I can say it with utmost clarity and conviction that I was no longer the same person (in good means) after I finished reading it. Never before I read a book as poignant and powerfully moving as Tuesdays with Morrie.
I started recommending it to friends and family who wanted to pick up the habit of reading with an ‘easy to read’ book. I don’t know how many of them acted on the suggestion.
I gave my first copy of “Tuesdays with Morrie” to a younger cousin. I decided to buy one more for myself. But to my surprise on the last day of our Creative Writing Class, I got my second paperback copy in a form of a present for a Story Writing Competition i participated in. I was lucky to have received it from a teacher who is no less great than Morrie.
I read the book again, on the last gone Tuesday. And this time I read it really slow — in little sips reflecting on each and every lesson that Morrie Schwartz had to offer. After reading the book from cover to cover and marking the important quotes & dialogue exchanges with a pencil, i embraced it. I couldn’t stop thinking about this book since I finished it.
I was wondering how rewarding this memoir can turn out to be, if everyone can experience the joy of reading it I and can get to capture the simplicity beyond life’s complexities with the help of this beautiful book.
And hence I took to compiling the wonderful excerpts from this gem in the form of a blog. I hope it compels you to read one of the most beautiful and profound books the mankind has to offer and you introduce yourself with a feeling you were alienated to , for so long.