Wednesday, April 19, 2006


I bet there are many fans of Michael Crichton amongst you readers -- you are charmed by his style of story telling, his genius to weave scientific facts with a fictitious storyline and perhaps, by his charming looks. But do you know that he was a doctor and gave up his profession so that he could write full time?! Or that he never got any writing offers for a long time, lived in hollywood with pimps and drug addicts for a while before he made it?!

As for me, I get excited by his many remarkable qualities: his infinite curiosity, his patience, openness to new ideas and new adventures, and his perseverance to seek rational solutions under seemingly irrational circumstances.

His book - Travels - chronicles his adventures thus far. He talks about diving with sharks and being swept away by a rushing tide, about his experience with psychics in london in a club that counted amongst its members the good ol' Arthur Conan Doyle, then talks about his trips to the mountains in the karakorams, his movie making episodes in Ireland and Britain, amonst a dozen other real-life exploratory trips. I was piqued by the descriptions of his experiences with reiki, talking with cacti and some other fringe experiences. It is fascinating when an otherwise scientific person tells you that he could infact see yellow and pink lines emanating out of another person's body!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves such stories and also to people that are curious about psychics, extra-sensory perceptionists, mind-readers and phenomena like Reiki. Fabulously entertaining and if you are looking to add some spice into your otherwise dull existence, this is the book to read next!


Blogger Born a Libran said...

Another book gets added to the Must Read list... Have you ever felt that no matter how much time you have, you will not be able to live a full life because time will fill itself up with the things you want to do?

9:28 PM  
Blogger littlecow said...

Yes! I think you will like it - you may even venture out and do a crazy thing or two after reading this book.

I suspect, living a full life is filling it with things you want to do and keeping your schedule clean of all the stuff you dont want to do. So in that sense, anyone can make their lives full, if only they had the courage to chuck out anything that is not good.

11:43 PM  
Blogger Born a Libran said...

That would be a happy life... What I meant when I said a full life is to do everything you want to do.... period!

On the other hand, you would have to do things you do not like too... When you like something and are committed towards it, there are going to be periods when you have to do some stuff you wouldnt like as a part of the "thing". right?

9:41 AM  
Blogger ligne said...

I really should start reading non-fiction soon :) Right now obsessed with the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency..

6:26 PM  
Blogger littlecow said...

@born-a-dude: Yes, sure! But I would rather take a walk with the best of my friends and not have to worry about this paperwork and that (other than tax forms, of course!) ;)

Yes, I know - I sound greedy for wanting to do only pleasurable things. Almost like I want to have the cake and eat it too... But then, what else can you expect out of me?! :)

@ligne: Your thought processes are on the right lines. I would urge you to not take a u-turn but to keep up the good work! :)

2:07 PM  

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