Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is an extremely engaging book. 'Addictive' will be the right word. The man behind 'Apple' was such a fantastic artiste that it simply mesmerises you. The book is such a glorious read as it also celebrates Jobs' shortcomings (he had many of them). But his sheer passion for thinking differently, getting a great team together to create revolutionary products like iPod, iPhone, iPad and iTunes, giving birth to great movies through Pixar and his sheer will power to rise above all odds is hugely inspiring. He was an indomitable game changer. Will try and write more about the book in detail.
Well, everyone is doing post mortems of the year gone by. Hmmmm, for me 2011 has been the finest year of my life. It has been tough but hugely rewarding. On work front, my interviews have improved by manifolds. My interviews have been widely applauded, and I shall continue to improve my skills.
I was in Aligarh recently. Abba asked me to do an impromptu interview with a noted Hindi writer Prem Kumar who is writing a book on Abba, 'Baaton Mein Mulaqaton Mein Shahryar'. Interview went well and Kumar Saab was visibly impressed. By the end of it, Abba pointed out a mistake and asked me to work on it. I truly admire and thank Abba for this attitude. He is not one of those parents who'll blatantly praise or promote their children out of blind love. He prefers to iron out my mistakes rather than making me complacent.
The awards season will soon start. I find it damn silly and boring. Yes some of the performances are nice. But that's about it. I am thinking of ways to do something different to make our videos at Bollywood Hungama much more interesting. We really slogged hard on producing fine year end special features. The response has been fantastic. We plan to produce many more videos. They will shun gossip and make 'fact based' content look extremely appealing and palatable.
That's it for the time being. Wish all of you happy new year. Enjoy. Be happy. And be yourself, come what may.