Thursday, May 29, 2014

Phenomenal Woman !

Hi Good day ppl,
Republishing this post from 2009.

RIP Maya Angelou. She wrote beautiful poems.

Thanks for the comments. Abhishek has suggested we read another poem by Maya Angelou-Phenomenal Woman.Its a good one.

Do read it. The blogs I am following are all talking about Women & related topics too. What a coincidence ! :)


To be a Woman

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Maya Angelou
What say ppl :)

Some more Women centric posts:
Ladies Lean In to your Careers
Women Rule !
I'd Rather be in Charge !
Womens Day !
What would I do today, If I were Brave

Bye. take care

Monday, May 26, 2014

Book Review: Who moved my Cheese, Spencer Johnson

Greetings People,

 I have read Spencer Johnson's The Present multiple times and gifted to many people. So Who moved my cheese & One minute Manager were an instant buy for me.
But I never got around to reading it.
They say-You don't choose the book, The Book chooses you.
So finally I got around to reading it. Read it in 1 shot, in first read.
Then I re-read it, slowly. Sometimes taking a gap of 1 week in between.

The slogan on the cover says: An amazing way to deal with Change in your Work & in your life.
This book is about Change, dealing with change, being ready for change,... This is story has many facets. Its like you pick the part you like or applies to you. Every time you read the book, you will discover or like something different. Guess, its what Spencer Johnson's writing is all about. This book promises to be a Gem-Small & Invaluable. It truly is. So if you are in the middle of a crisis, sailing smoothly in life, resisting a change, frustrated with a stagnated job/relationship/.... I would advice you to go through this book.

It has 4 characters: 2 Small human like: Hem  & Haw and 2 Mice: Sniff & Scurry. These 4 characters are in a maze where they have to find Cheese to survive. The maze is long and confusing with many threats around corners. Cheese is difficult to get and holds a different meaning to each of these characters. So the story is how each of them deals with life when suddenly the new lot of cheese they have discovered disappears.

What I liked:
Its a small book, but holds a life-changing lesson(s). The pictorial quotes, get imprinted in your brain. So every time you are stuck, they will remind you & make you laugh,smile at yourself.

What I want more:
From the book, its complete in itself. I would want myself to better able to incorporate the lessons taught in this. For me at this stage in life, its about keeping a constant vigil for checking when the Cheese is getting bad, stale. Being ready for finding new cheese, honing my skills to find better Cheese, being in the Present.

Checkout some quotes I liked from the book: Click on the images to enlarge.
My favourite. Its even there in Lean In 

Haw would write on the walls of the Maze what he learnt each time, it was called the Handwriting on the Wall. Here is the summary of the Handwriting on the Wall:

So Please read this book, if you are not in a need to Change.

Go Change ! :D
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