Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow

I just finished reading this very warm and  touching book second time, and I enjoyed it immensely.With 61 chapters and 207 pages,it is the story of  the   life   of Randy Pausch,a  Computer Science  Professor of Carnegie Mellon , in the last few months of his life  before he  died of pancreatic  cancer.It is the story of events and  feelings of an intelligent , pure, decent ,loving and honest  human being who died at the age of 47 , and left behind  three young children and a wife, whom he loved dearly.The book was published in 2008, and became an instant bestseller.
              The Last Lecture is about life more than death,the story of a man trying to die as decently as he lived.   The key- line in the book is;"If you lead your life the right way,the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you"Pausch  repeatedly says that one should have fun in every thing one does .Go after your childhood dreams and help others to achieve theirs.It tells about his dedication to give back to community.
After reading this book this time, I asked myself(Is asking like this a conceit?)  :"What will be the topic ,if I were asked to give the  last lecture?What do I consider the most important lesson in my life , so far?"It is good to have a clear picture of what you have learnt in life , and share it with others.
                His dream of meeting Captain Kirk(Or at least , William Shatner) reminded me about  the memories of The Star Trek and all connected  associations  . 
                                            Disney gave Pausch a boost in his final months.The publisher Hyperion,that paid a multi-million advance on Pausch's book is owned by Disney.