Thursday, October 29
Wednesday, October 28
I might have shared this letter before kids but I thought you'd like reading this letter from Einstein. Fascinating how fathers keep wanting to pass on their lessons to their children. Kannu remember the book that we gave you? Lord chesterfield's letters to his son? These letter have an old history. So many men (curiously mostly men, not that many women) send letters to their kids. Down history. There's a letter written by a Roman soldier on a piece of sliced wood which was sent by him to his son. He was based in England while his son was in germanica. And for some reason the letter never got sent. But you can see that in the British museum. Fascinating indeed. To see how this kind of letter writing is common.
And what Albert says is absolutely true. Best way to learn is to love what you learn. Then the time passes by without noticing. Although I don't think your baba will forget food even if he's doing things they he loves. Your Dadu does that. He forgets to eat.
Anyway. Nice letter. Skype to you later son. The interview with Morgan Stanley will be easy :) we will prepare well. Me and Diya are waiting for the movie Martian to start. It was a fun day and more fun to come :) missing you and am looking forward to seeing you next weekend.
Albert Einstein on the Secret to Learning
In 1915 Einstein, who was then 36, was living in wartime Berlin with his cousin Elsa, who would eventually become his second wife. His two sons, Hans Albert Einstein and Eduard “Tete” Einstein were with his estranged wife Mileva in neutral Zurich.
It was good speaking to you yesterday Kannu. I think you did just fine. You were able to answer most of the questions. It's a tough interview. It's a tough bank. That's why it's at the top son. You're already in the top ranks by being in Oxford. But they want even more selectivity even from Oxford and rest of the top universities. And this brutal meritocracy keeps on going on. It doesn't stop son. This isn't to discourage you. This is a constant challenge for you to constantly improve yourself. Constantly learn and improve. While having a good sense of humour. And I was so proud of you yesterday. Your tone was confident and calm. Very good son.
That's the stuff of hero's son. Like this man. Can you imagine having to saw off your own leg? Holy crap. I've been there to a much smaller extent. When I used to really suffer from the HS boils. Once I got a giant one in my left armpit when I was in Frankfurt and I had to give a hugely important presentation to the European Central Bank. Usually my way of handling large painful boils is to gobble a fistful of painkillers till the boil burst. But that made me dozy and would slur and basically look and behave like a drunk.
So I decided to sort out the boil. I used to carry a Swiss knife back then in 1998. So ran it under loads of very hot water in the hotel bathroom. And then knotted my hanky for a teeth guard. Filled the bath with the hottest water I could stand and then popped in, and cut out the boil. Not fun. Specially since it was in the right armpit. And was using a mirror which kept fogging up. With my wet left hand. Clutching a tiny Swiss knife. But the sodding bleeding wouldn't stop. It kept on weeping blood and pus. As you know, joints are a pain to bandage. So I wrapped up my armpit and over the shoulder with a plastic bag. Tied it into place with a piece of rope. And then went to work looking like a teapot with my right arm akimbo. Mamma was quite accustomed to looking at my clothes all blood stained. Not a fun time.
My PwC partner paul betts asked me what the hell was I doing? So I told him. He just shook his head and said, you're a nutter! But pain is pain. Just one more thing to overcome and conquer :)
Anyway. Have fun son. Busy days now for you with your assignments tutorials and interviews and events. It will all be worth it.
Can't wait to see you this weekend son. I will be making your dishes with a smile :)
A Man in Full: To Hell and Back in the Chinese Healthcare System - SPIEGEL ONLINE
When a farmer and migrant worker got thrombosis in his legs, China failed him. In the end, he had to saw off his own rotting leg in order to survive. Zheng Yanliang’s story is an allegory of the struggle to the Chinese healthcare system.
His shroud had already been purchased when, on April 14, 2012, Zheng Yanliang, 48, a Chinese man from Hebei Province, summoned up the last of his strength to lean out of his bed and reach for his toolbox. He took out a hacksaw. Then he wrapped the handle of a backscratcher in a piece of material, which he stuck in his mouth so that he could bite on it. He did not hesitate. He had thought about his options and concluded that he had only one choice, this unthinkable, monstrous deed. He placed the saw against his right leg, a hand’s breadth below his hip, and began to saw.
Tuesday, October 27
Spending much time in Israel is one of my dreams kids. It's a country with so much history that you breathe it in, you weigh it and stumble over it with every step. We have so many books and manuscripts relating to this area and I haven't spent time here.
But I love this idea of this exhibition. Can you imagine keeping the oldest copy of the Ten Commandments along with a more recent handwritten copy of Einsteins work? That itself is mind boggling.
Not that many people know all the 10 commandments but most know some. How many do you know and remember?
I'm reminded of what the Dalai Lama said. My religion is simple. Be kind. Simple no? People make life much more difficult by putting in rules and regulations. Just be kind. Don't be an idiot.
Anyway. We will plan to go here one day :)
One of earliest known copies of Ten Commandments sees the light of day