Review : Tuesdays with Morrie

October 20, 2012
Author: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Year: 1998
Rating: ★★★★☆
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Only the fortunate beings get to learn and acknowledge oneself from a true mentor, at least once in a lifetime. Mitch Albom is one of those lucky ones. Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir in the form of shared experiences of his teacher, coach and mentor- Morrie Schwartz. The lessons Mitch learnt, Morrie taught and they shared were imparted without a classroom, schedule or time, because here the lessons from a teacher to a student are the teachings of life, living and existence. Moments shared with each other are always a matter of voluntary effort, out of respect sometimes or just In the name of past obligation.

Mitch Albom’s old professor has always been his favourite. The graduation day changed it all, the time he promised to be in touch with his professor actually made him lose the touch forever until the day after almost twenty years he heard “Morrie Schwartz” on the television. And the ultimate realization and a rigorous life process made Mitch wonder and recollect the awaited contact that he left years back. Rediscovering was all that he needed and Morrie devoted his teachings for Mitch in last days of his life, he made a beautiful meaning and inscription of the whole phenomena of death, as quoted in the book,” When you learn how to die, you learn how to live”.

Mitch sensed the need when Morrie Schwartz said, “Mitch, You are of the good ones”, the day he graduated. The time had come to step and venture into the world of building the realism of life. Mitch had questions; he had struggled out of fear of lagging behind on the ladder of life, as we call it. The rules of society, even the culture make us ‘be or do’ the work how it is supposed to be, you keep running and working to meet the standards set by us, it does make you an anxious being and also an achiever by simply giving this thing called- life a secondary status.

Tuesdays became the day for teachings, sharing, learning, laughing, crying, asking and forgiving for both. Tuesdays with Morrie is like a small booklet of nothing but teaching, an education of life that only an honest, optimistic and a learner can give you. Morrie Schwartz is one of them, his life lessons will make you think- do I also have a true mentor in life!

An old man, a young man and life’s greatest lesson leaves you on an emotional path yet with a smile of actuality of life, if simply talking could answer the questions to everything. People run away from the fact of life, leave it complicated, unanswered and shattered when the answers and clarity is just the by product of living with what we have with us, even in the most exposed and vulnerable form.

Pick this one on a Tuesday, and make it a memorable teaching for yourself. Mitch Albom’s tale of story will make you wonder, talk, weep and smile. And you would see a relationship of one of a kind, beautiful and serene, built between a teacher and a student.

Tuesdays with Morrie is Mitch Albom’s yet another renowned book. He is the author of international bestsellers The Five People You Meet in Heaven and For One More Day. He is also known as a well placed sports newspaper columnist.

Charu Sharma

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