Friday, September 09, 2005

dear coach

i have just started reading "tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom, thanks to my pal dhi, who gave me this book as my bday gift. I think this is a great book and that I will like it a lot. Some of Morrie's words sound very simple and at the same time, very much reasonable.

he talks about the tension of opposites where in he says "Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shoudn't. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted. A tension of oppsites, like a pull on a rubber band and most of us live somewhere in the middle." and when the author asked as to which side wins, Morrie's answer is "Love wins. Love always wins."

also he says "The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning".

i haven't read the book fully but i have a reason to write this post before i do so, the reason is the word "coach"! The author addresses his teacher as "coach" and the moment i read it, i could think of just one person, vinay a.k.a. boda. he is been a "coach" for quite a few people... some of whom i know and a lot of them that i don't know. i just wanted to let him know that i was all glad to realise that i have someone like him to guide/support/assure me when i need it.
thank you very much pal :-) you have always stood by my side, seen me through the hurdles, inspired me to take up a lot of activities, assured me of my decisions.

as i look forward to read more of Morrie's lessions (which I am sure will make me think more and will be happy to do so), i would like to tell my coach that he is one amazing dude who has made a big difference to my life. dear vinay a.k.a. boda a.k.a bods a.k.a. bored da, you simply rock!!


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VinayPothnis said...

ya ... amazed at boda's ability to find time for everyone ...

Anonymous said...

This is a really great compliment.
Thank you :-)


Akshay said...

boda :-)...
bugger you still haven't made time for me to dope da..
or atleast a cigar.. come to twin cities soon .. else I won't totally compliment her views :P

Supreeth Subramanya said...

Hey Ash,
This piece came as a (pleasant) surprise to me! I think I've completely missed this part of your life. I've felt this thing (Boda as my coach) many a times, but not to the same extent, I guess. Regardless of that, it would be an honour for me too, to salute him.

ashwini bharadwaj said...

don't think you have missed much kaNo...may be you didn't perceive it that way, anyway :-)

saako show-ki!
btw, federer won the US open :-)

you are welcome! and you deserve it all coach ;-)

Jagadish said...

congrats maadko boda, on being crowned coach :)...sadhya ashwini, thirga bariyodikke shuru maadudyalla...thanks to the book :)

Anonymous said...

theres also a movie of the same name. u mite like to see that after u finish reading. -rashmi

Tejaswi said...

New age self help books targetting software professionals telling them that a cash filled hollow materialistic life is good, but ultimately its peace and love that prevail.

I loved that book the first time I read it (courtesy, Dhimant again), but lately, I don't find it any appealing. I think Alchemist, and other books of the similar league are now replacing or giving a run for their money to the likes of Dale Carnegie and Stephen Covey.

A more detailed critique is due after I read it again.

But the first time, it moved me a lot. I don't remember what the ultimate message was, but I can still recall the spirit of Morrie.

Manu said...

Hmm... Boda... Congrats maadko... Maybe its time to coach the coach, ash... paapa bodange ond olle hudgi hudki kodu... he desp needs one ;) en anthyo?
on a serious note, I think almost everyone has gone to boda sometime during our 'tenure'... so, i too thank him for that :)

ashwini bharadwaj said...

jaggi, nan baridey idrey naDiyattey dude but thts not the case with you...jana nin posts gey kaitirtarey :-) hey u should start writing a book kaNo.

haa rashmi, will watch it.

teju, thanks for dropping by and yes, I am amazed at Morrie's spirit for now...his answers like "may be i will have everyone ask me yes or no questions" surely makes one wonder!

manu, adenoo out of the context mataDodu trend aa iga ;-)

Manu said...

yelle ;)?