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The best book I’ve read this year

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Childrenby John Wood is a fantastic example of what an inspirational book should be like. Inspired on a hiking trip in the Himalayas, Wood, a former Microsoft exec, left his job and founded Room to Read. This charity builds schools, libraries and funds the education of girls throughout the Third World.

If reading about education and projects in remote mountain villages is not your thing, pick up the book just for the writing. Who knew that a MS official could write so beautifully?!

I’ve read 40+ books this year; this one beats everyone of them hollow. I couldn’t put it down. Even in the midst of worrying about our luggage which has finally touched Indian shores, I wanted to know what happened next.

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World inspires me to get on with my own plans to do something innovative. Remember my quest for public libraries in India? Reminds me of that quote from Om Shanti Om – “अगर किसी चीज़ को तुम पुरे दिल से चाहते हो तो पुरा कायनात उसे जुटाने में लग जाता है।” (If you wish for something from the bottom of your heart, the universe conspires to fulfil your desire)

Could this be the universe telling me something?
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One comment on “The best book I’ve read this year

  1. Sounds like a great read. I’ll be sure to check it out.

    If you do get around to taking a step in the public libraries direction, give me a shout. I’ll introduce you to some people who may be able to contribute or participate in your vision.

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