So different! And yet so same!

…Reading a book on Buddha by Karen Armstrong, and one on Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Over the years, I have had a habit of reading two books at a time, and that too from different genres… Before you imagine a funny picture of me holding one book in each of my hands and each of my eyes rolling in opposite side, let me clarify that I meant ‘toggling between them’…

The reason behind it is that a book is a dangerous species! It has all the power of hijacking one’s mindset, making one think entirely unidirectional (Hitler got obsessed with Friedrich Nietzsche’s writing and Jinnah with Iqbal’s thoughts, to become what they eventually did.)

So unless I deliberately want that to happen (there are times when I genuinely want a worthy idea to overpower me so that I obsess myself into a particular action), I normally read two in tandem, so that I retain enough objectivity to mull over the content and have ample chance to connect the seemingly unconnected dots.

They did it for me yesterday!

Last night, both the protagonists got disillusioned with life! While Buddha left everything at the age of 29 years (after he realized that the attachment to any worldly thing eventually gives only grief), Jobs got disillusioned at the age of 13 (when he held a magazine in hand – with a photograph of kids in Africa dying foodless – and asked the Pastor in the Church that if God knows this then why doesn’t he do something about it.)…

From there…they both embarked on a journey to seek a meaning for their lives. One paved the highest path of introspection (in spirituality) and other set the highest benchmarks of innovation (in technology)…

So different! And yet so same!

Well! Disillusionment is good…as long as it initiates us towards searching a meaning for our lives!

After all, we human beings are the only animals who live each day of our lives knowing that…we are not gonna stay forever!

About Sandeep Atre

Sandeep Atre, PhD: Dr. Sandeep Atre is the Founder-Director of Socialigence – an organization that specializes in the development of ‘Social Intelligence’ through its focused online-courses and customized workshops on ‘observing nonverbal behavior and understanding emotions for greater interpersonal effectiveness and self-management’. ( He is also one of the Founder-Directors of CH EdgeMakers - a leading ‘Coaching and Training’ group of Central India. In his career of close to one and a half decade, he has trained thousands of students, and professionals of more than fifty organizations and institutions. He has authored two books “Understanding Emotions Logically – A layman’s guide to the foundations of Social Intelligence” and “Observing Nonverbal Behavior – An exhaustive guide to the essential skill of Social Intelligence” and has also been a noted blogger for last many years. He has also featured at various prestigious platforms as a ‘Management Speaker’ and ‘Motivational Orator’ and has also served on various advisory and editorial boards. He has earned repute for his value-additive innovation and holistic methodology in his domain.
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