20 March, 2016

Book Review - The Last Lecture

Title: The Last Lecture
Author: Randy Pausch
Pages : 206
ISBN: 978-0-340-97773-6
MRP INR. 295/-

Unlike other Last Lectures, this book is not based on the hypothetical situation of its author. The author who mentioned “Time is all you have. And you may find one day that you have less than you think.” was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer and had a numbered days to live. What comes across most strikingly is the love he had for his wife and children whom he knew would be leaving behind.
This book that is ‘the international best seller’ was written not to earn fame or a fat cheque but to leave something for his three little children who were too young and innocent to understand what he had to say during their final days. He feared, his three children all aged 6 years and below may not remember their father who loved them so dearly. Therefore, he probably must have written this book to let his children know who their father was and what he believed in.  I was trying to put myself in a bottle that would one day wash up on the beach for my children. If I were a painter, I would have painted for them. But I am a lecturer, so I lectured.” He wrote.
The author passed away in 2008(not long after he authored this book). He was 47. I like this book not because the author was dying and was dead but it teaches on the importance to value things while you have the time and health. It was his great attitude that gave him the pleasure to enjoy whatever little was left and to focus on what matters the most. The viewpoint of death seemed to have provided author with certain value to things that often go unnoticed. It is all about the importance of overcoming obstacles, enabling others dreams and seizing every moment. The pearl of wisdom from his life and experience is worth borrowing for our lives.
In his exemplary approach to death, the author has put together humor, intelligence and inspiration that take readers through mixed emotions.  It teaches lessons not to give up but to live till the last and leave a lasting legacy. What an inspirational! I felt moved and inspired by it.

”We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand’’ – Randy Pausch.