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Oct 7, 2009

We all yearn to do something we haven't done before, and I'm no different. Before getting down to speaking about what it was that has me so excited, I must tell you world looks totally different when you see it in perspective. And today I heard from a person who has seen reality the harsh way, who writes about these realities, and then those, who sometimes also film them reel.

This was the first time ever, I attended a book launch event. Fortunately for me it was of 'The Professional' by Subroto Bagchi at 'CROSSWORD', Residency road. The occasion also saw Kannada cine star Chetan Kumar release the book. 

But the whole event would have been a dampener without the protagonist Mahadeva whom Mr. Bagchi has written about in his book and refers to as the Professional's Professional. Mahadeva's story is one which is an embodiment of the spirit of humanity. 

On the occasion Mahadeva spoke about why he does what he does, being a public undertaker. It's not love for the profession, but its the spirit of service that matters to him, the spirit of giving something back to his motherland Karnataka. It was a humbling experience to listen to the man speak after Mr.Bagchi undertook a public reading of the first chapter of the book.

I liked the event because of the sheer magnitude in the stature of these people:

  • A full bright scholar from Yale, born to Doctor parents, who found his calling in the land of Kannada cinema and theatre.
  • A corporate honcho who writes about the greener pastures one should look towards in their professional career.
  • And then, Mr. Mahadeva!
I can't wait to start reading 'The professional' and maybe imbibe a few professional values here and there. All thanks to Sona for letting me know about the event. It surely was an evening that I will cherish.



Lubna said...

Wow, you sure blogged about it promptly. I wish I knew Kannada as I could not understand anything which Mr. Mahadeva spoke. However, I am so glad he was present on the occassion.

eyememyself said...

Good post Sanju :)

Sanju said...

@Lubna, We have some of it what Mr. Mahadeva spoke captured on video. Guess it shouldn't be too difficult translate what he spoke.

But then I'm pretty sure you must have understood the emotion behind it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

the professional...... sounds interesting!!!! thanks for letting me know....

eyememyself said...

Hey Sanju, thought I will let you know that I uploaded the videos from the event. Do check it out!

Shweta said...

Its amazing how people who look just the way we do, come out of nowhere (as in people we never knew existed) and become our god-sent angels. A very good post which got me known of them. Definitely lives of such gr8 ppl are both of change & inspiration. Keep penning down such nice posts Sanju!

madhava reddy said...

visas permits nice post