Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Book Update

Hi good people. After the shocking revelations about the social scene have rocked the hallowed view that my pals have had, time to switch to a more polite view. My yearly target of 12 books in a year is progressing vizuri. I'm at number 4 currently and so far it's timamu.

Soul Survivor by Philip Yancey was the 2nd book, and it's a fantastic novel for guys who feel like the Christian religion is full of hypocrites and so they are less likely to join the band wagon. Actually, it chronicles this guy's journey of faith by looking at people who are actually living out their faith, with the struggles that goes with it and being real all the way. It includes looking at Martin Luther King Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky among others. With a title like "How my faith survived the church" no words needed...

The 5 People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom was my next book and it is a wonderful story. Yaani, if you want a creative thought on afterlife, this book is just for you. The concept is so sawa, that you'll meet 5 guys from your past life who will explain stuff that happened to you so that you can see the big picture (which is hard from down here). Being just an imagination (and the writer emphasizes that), the book is quite stirring, and makes for a better appreciation of some of life's happenings.

I'm currently reading The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch, and it is quite challenging since it questions the need to waste resources on anything. Already I'm starting to analyze the things I do in life with a view of getting the maximum of outputs from the minimum of inputs. How practicable the concept is subject to question, but the stats show that it is real. I highly recommend for anyone seeking to make headway in the corporate arena (I know I am).

Be intelectually stimulated this week...


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The soap of my life

The Clande

We kissed. It was totally out of the blue and uncalled for. We'd met only 2 times before, and that was like a total period of 10 minutes! Now, here's the problem, just coz we got momentary body chemistry (of the highly reactive kind) doesn't mean that there are grounds for going forward. Plus, as I explained afterwards, I'm not looking to get into a relationship with her (or any other girl for that matter) in the near term. This is because I've issues to deal with, plus she's ok but not my type exactly.

Sadly, she's on my case with incessant phonecalls, and I'm hard pressed to snub her (which is difficult for a neighbour). Don't get me wrong, she's really a sawa chic (for someone who's just cleared high school) and I feel rotten for that one moment of stuff, now trying to reconstruct a potential friendship is proving difficult. It's one of those situations, when explained will come up with the all to famous statement " Men are just *****!"

The Mystery

I started recieving text messages from a weird (not Kenyan or any easily recognizable international) phone number. Initial investigations proved that it was a Rwandan mobile number. This was some chic (had to be a girl) who says that she knows me and we've met at Java like twice, she knows me from my campus days. I try figure out this vibe but no clue as to who this person is. I even talked to a few pals, but none was able to identify the name given. My best pal gave me an idea as to who it was but it didn't add up.

Then to kill this whole story, I get credit and make the big international call, and guess what? It was the chic my best pal thought of. She's doing some audit in Rwanda and thought up a plan to apparently play with my emotions. Sasa, hii ni shida gani???

The X-Files

I've had the 'priveledge' of coming across ex versions 1.0 and 2.0 in the last 2 months. Both seem to have come across good tidings with regard to corporate life. The former left a legal position in a top bank for NGO high life, while the latter is disecting sorgum DNA as part of some international bio chemistry research. This is a far cry from campus days, when they were interested (for a very short time) in some broke jamaa struggling with engineering studies, but with great potential.

I wonder whether there's enough evidence for reopening the files...