Sunday, August 12, 2018

You can Donate for Kerala Flood Relief 2018

Image Courtesy - Times Now
The floods in Kerala have intensified leading to around 324 deaths and 25 landslides. Around 2,20,000 people are left homeless. We can surely pitch in to help people suffering from this devastation. When Chennai floods hit us, they came around to help us as any neighboring state would do. It’s time to give back to Kerala and be supportive during their times of need.

To donate online to the Government of Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief fund, click here

Please feel free to drop off any of the below items in collection points. Please contact the people for better guidance as to know when the trucks are leaving and how exactly you can deliver at the pickup points.

Materials required for the collection points given below:

  • Mineral water
  • Diapers
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Clothes( please don't send us unusable clothes.)
  • Medicines - crocin, antibiotics, cough syrups, first aid etc.
  • Dettol
  • Packet food ( biscuits, ready to eats etc)
  • Sanitary pads
  • Candles
  • Matchboxes
  • Milk powder for kids
  • Mosquito repellents

Our collection points are:

Shankar Netralaya eye hospital in Mandaveli
same compound Next to Mandaveli railway station
Contact - Deepa
044-24611779/ 9840872951/‭+91 89396 59476

Naturals Lounge
No. 27 South Boag Road
T Nagar Chennai
Contact Eswar - 9789708245

C2 Mallika Ceebros 
34 Pycrofts Garden Road
Nungambakkam Chennai
Contact Priya - 9841174999

A 26, Sunnyvale apartments, A block, 2 nd floor, 
351 Konnur high road, Ayanavaram ,
Contact: Vikash 9499909312

73 Venkata Krishna road
Raja annamalai puram

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Baby Shanvika Fights Cancer with Help from Sankalp Beautiful World

Baby Shanvika
 All was Well
There was a beautiful family in Dindugal - a father, mother, a daughter and son. Arivazhagan the father was working in a Diary company as Accounts Assistant. The mother Shabiya was a homemaker.  Shanvika was a two-and-a half year-old kid and Rakshan Arav was a toddler. The family never imagined even in their dreams that they would celebrate Shanvika’s third birthday inside a hospital.
Shanvika and her Symptoms
In the year 2016, Shanvika had frequent dry coughs with a hoarse sound. There was a swelling near her neck (enlarged lymph node) that would never go away. She did not eat well and had trouble swallowing food. She had frequent bouts of cold and fever. Worried about the health of Shanvika, Arivazhagan took her to her maternal grandmother’s house in Madurai.
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
In Madurai, Shanvika underwent a lot of medical tests at Madurai Meenakshi Mission. The doctors diagnosed that she was suffering from childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). ALL is a type of cancer that occurs when the bone marrow produces too many immature white blood cells. 
Arivazhagan desperately searched for financial help
Doctors recommended chemotherapy treatment, but Arivazhagan was not able to pay the initial advance amount and subsequent payments to Madurai Meenakshi Mission. A single injection cost 25K to 30K. If not treated early, in few months ALL could be fatal. Arivazhagan met Ruchita, a social worker, and explained his plight. Ruchita promised to help Arivazhagan and referred him to Sankalp Beautiful World. Sankalp was an NGO in Chennai working to help patients suffering from cancer.
Sankalp helps Shanvika
Arivazhagan reached out to Sankalp team, and explained about the financial problems he faced in treating Shanvika. After going through the reports that Arivazhagan gave, Sankalp under their SHADOW program, gave a token amount to Arivazhagan to overcome the initial hurdles in treatment.
Later, Sankalp team told Arivazhagan that they will help to fundraise for Shanvika. The Sankalp team asked Arivazhagan how he preferred to fundraise for his daughter – either through TV, newspaper, or website. Arivazhagan preferred to fundraise through website mode.
Sankalp setup a fundraising page for Shanvika. They spread the fundraising message through WhatsApp and other social media channels. Help poured in from different avenues and Sankalp was finally able to handover a cheque for 3 lakhs to Arivazhagan. 
Silver Linings in the Cloud
The treatment ordeal that started on Nov 3rd, 2016 is still going on though at less frequent intervals. Arivazhagan is very thankful to Sankalp for providing timely help. He would have otherwise taken a loan and would not able to provide a better lifestyle for his family. Now, Arivazhagan has placed his daughter in a less crowded school and provides all the nutritious diet that she needs for better health. Thanks to Sankalp, Arivazhagan and his daughter overcame the initial hiccups in treatment and got timely help. A friend in need is a friend indeed. Sankalp was a real friend for Shanvika.

August 2018 Update- After a relapse, Baby Shanvika is no more with us.
About Sankalp Beautiful World:  
Sankalp Beautiful World  was established in December 2015. Chaired by the former Chief Election Commissioner, T. N. Sheshan, Sankalp Beautiful World is guided by a team of 21 professionals including doctors and academicians dedicated to the mission of eradicating cancer while alleviating the suffering it causes.

Sankalp Beautiful World panel of experts provide 2 nd opinion to patients. Those who want to get a second opinion about cancer diagnosis can click here. You can visit Sankalp Beautiful World website to know more about its services.

You can reach Sankalp Beautiful World: Call Us: +91-4448546567 / +91-9176665687. Mail to .

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Top 10 American Movies across Different Genres

After I got access to Netflix and Amazon Prime, I was looking out for good movie recommendations. After asking friends on Facebook and getting funny recommendations, I browsed the internet and stumbled upon a good list of Top 10 American movies across different genres.
The American Film Institute has published a list of Top Ten movies under different genres such as Animation, Courtroom drama, Epic, Fantasy, Gangster, Mystery, Romantic Comedy, Science Fiction, Sports, and Western.
The Top 100 American movies of all time is given here. This list includes movies such as Citizen Kane, The God Father, Casablanca, Raging Bull, and Singin' in the Rain. The movie 'Citizen Kane' has been on the number one spot of the Best 100 American films of all time for quite a long time. But I was not able to locate 'Citizen Kane' on Netflix or Amazon Prime. Maybe, it is available in other streaming sites. There was also news that the movie 'Vertigo' has become the No 1 movie as per some recent polls. But the change is not reflected in AFI website. Vertigo is available in Netflix.
The links for the Top Ten Movies in each category is given below.
To get a quick glance of the Top Ten Movies in the different genres, check this Wikipedia page here.
The list of Top 100 movies under other categories such as passion, cheers, and musicals are listed here.
Happy Movie Watching!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Why did Jimmy Wales start Wikipedia?

I was reading the book 'Zen Garden - Conversations with Pathmakers'  by Subroto Bagchi. In the book, the  author asks eminent personalities to share their strengths, unique experiences, and thoughts on success.
One interview is with Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia. It is well known that Jimmy Wales studied in a one-room school run by his mother and grandmother. And this room was stocked with encyclopedias that laid the foundation for Jimmy's interest in such information.
However, there was another personal event that deeply affected Jimmy Wales and acted as a catalyst for the formation of Wikipedia. Jimmy's daughter Kira was born with a severe lung incapacity that leads to breathing problems. There was no cure for this lung problem. There was a doctor who was using a peculiar method to cure the problem but the outcome of the procedure was not time tested or conclusively proven.

So, parents who took their children had to make a call. The procedure required the child to be paralysed for a few moments and it would be repeated a number of times before the child's lungs began to function normally again.

Left with no other options, Jimmy Wales agreed to that procedure for his daughter. The doctor turned Kira upside down four times, when her entire system stopped and the lungs cleaned. At the end of the process, Kira breathed and became perfectly normal.

Jimmy Wales was thankful. But what irked him was that the life-saving knowledge that the doctor had was not known to other doctors in the world. So, Jimmy felt that there has to be a way by which such critical knowledge can be shared with the world and benefit millions. This event led to the formation of Nupedia which eventually evolved into Wikipedia.

Bagchi ends the article with a note that "Great public efforts are often rooted in deeply personal experiences and sometimes very private feelings."

Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing  ~ Jimmy Wales

Friday, May 4, 2018

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women - Movie
I recently saw 'Little Women'  in Netflix. The movie made in 1994, takes us through the journey of the lives of the four sisters of the March family - their friendships, fights, ambitions, love, marriage, sickness, death, and work. Winona Ryder in the role of one of the sisters Jo, is a treat to watch. All the other actors are apt for their roles and have played their roles well. The movie has a rating of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes which is a good score. Do watch the movie if you get a chance.
I was browsing for the book 'Little Women' by Loiusa May Alcott and downloaded a 861 pages pdf copy! Don't know if I will ever get to read the book, but I think it must be worthwhile.  
Meanwhile, was browsing GoodReads for some quotes from the book and liked the following ones:
Little Women - Book
“You are getting to be rather conceited my dear, and it is quite time you set about correcting it. You have good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty."

“A quick temper, sharp tongue, and restless spirit were always getting her into scrapes, and her life was a series of ups and downs, which were both comic and pathetic.”

"To be loved and chosen by a good man is the best and sweetest thing which can happen to a woman, and I sincerely hope my girls may know this beautiful experience. It is natural to think of it, Meg, right to hope and wait for it, and wise to prepare for it, so that when the happy time comes, you may feel ready for the duties and worthy of the joy. My dear girls, I am ambitious for you, but not to have you make a dash in the world, marry rich men merely because they are rich, or have splendid houses, which are not homes because love is wanting. Money is a needful and precious thing, and when well used, a noble thing, but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for. I'd rather see you poor men's wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, than queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace.”

“Love Jo all your days, if you choose, but don't let it spoil you, for it's wicked to throw away so many good gifts because you can't have the one you want.” 

“You have grown abominably lazy, and you like gossip, and waste time on frivolous things, you are contented to be petted and admired by silly people, instead of being loved and respected by wise ones.”

“...for love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride.”

“Many wise and true sermons are preached us everyday by unconscious ministers in street, school, office, or home; even a fair table may become a pulpit, if it can offer the good and helpful words which are never out of season.”

 “{Mrs. March to Jo} You are too much alike and too fond of freedom, not to mention hot tempers and strong wills, to get on happily together, in a relation which needs infinite patience and forbearance, as well as love." 

“Have regular hours for work and play, make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life become a beautiful success, in spite of poverty.” 

“I don't envy her much, in spite of her money, for after all rich people have about as many worries as poor ones, I think” 

“The sincere wish to be good is half the battle.”  

“We all have our temptations, some far greater than yours, and it often takes us all our lives to conquer them.”

"Work is wholesome, and there is plenty for everyone. It keeps us from ennui and mischief, is good for health and spirits, and gives us a sense of power and independence better than money or fashion."

“Into each life some rain must fall, Some days must be dark and sad and dreary.” 

Author Louisa May Alcott
The author Louisa May Alcott never married and died when she was just 55. But, she has portrayed a vast array of emotions and philosophy in style. 

The ten fascinating facts about Little Women book and movie are listed in MentalFloss here.

Google had made a Doodle on 184th birthday of Louisa May Alcott with the four sisters Meg (with her handwork), Jo (with her books), Beth (on the piano), Amy (with her painting) and their neighbor Laurie (at the doorstep). Alcott's photo is there in the hall wall.
Little Women Doodle for Louisa May Alcott's 184th Birthday - by Google

Saturday, April 28, 2018

And So Can You by Dr.Roopleen - Book Review

I got an opportunity to review the book “And So Can You” by Dr. Roopleen as part of BlogAdda’s Book Review program. Thank you BlogAdda! The book is about the success stories of 17 doctors in India who excelled in their fields. The tagline for the book is, ”A book every doctor and medical student must read.”
Each of the doctors is mapped to a virtue of character like Tenacity, Courage, Passion, Fire in the Belly and their short biography is proof of this virtue of theirs. Each of the biographies starts with a colour photo of the doctor along with their qualification.  It is followed by an inspiring quote. The career trajectory, achievements, challenges and oppositions faced, and life lessons of each doctor are discussed in about 12 to 15 pages. The biography ends with a short philosophical summary. The last part of each biography has ‘Advice to Young and Aspiring Doctors’ and ‘Takeaway – Words of Wisdom’ sections.
As you read the book, you find that some of the doctors chose their field of specialization based on some tragedy in their home. Dr. Ashok Khurana’s grandmother had a cataract problem. So, he opted to specialize in Opthamaology.  Dr. Virendar Sarwal’s father died of a massive heart attack. So, he opted to specialize in cardiothoracic surgery.
Dr. Krishna Murthy advises young doctors saying that, “In this profession, you’ll often find your patients praising you and holding you in awe. This can be very addictive. Don’t let their admiration go to your head. Always remember that after every success, you are only closer to your next failure as the law of the averages will catch up with you. “

Dr.Jas Kohli advises, ”Snobbish attitude doesn’t work in medical sciences. Those patients who had good rapport with me took complications in their stride. Moreover, if they had any issue, they would discuss with me frankly so that appropriate action could be taken at an early stage.”

Dr. Sarbjit Singh shares a valuable life lesson - in life, you will come across many people with negative attitude. They will try to pull you down and put up obstacles in your path. However, you must remain steadfast, believe in self, remain motivated, and march towards your goals, ignoring them.
The amount of work a doctor does in a day seems astounding. One example was of Dr. Sarbjit Singh who used to examine 150 patients and perform 20-30 surgeries, all in a single day.
The incidents of violence against doctors by some patients are discussed. But all the doctors seem to focus on the positive attributes of their profession rather than dwell on the negative aspects such as patient unrest or hard and long working hours.
Almost all the doctors agree that money and power is not their ultimate goal. Work and service is their goal and money is just a by-product. Many of the doctors are authors and have penned their own non-fiction and fiction books.
The book has 261 pages and is published by Power Publishers.  The current cost of the book in Amazon India is Rs.288. The book will be a good guide for upcoming doctors who need role models in their professions and need to know about the ups and downs of the life of a doctor. And anyone curious about the medical profession and life of doctors can read it too. Happy Reading J

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Her Master Key by Shruti Johri - Book Review

Read the book "Her Master Key - A Hotel Housekeeper's Stories from INN-DIA" by Shruti Johri. The book revolves around the various incidents that Shruti had experienced while working as a housekeeper at a leading five-star hotel in India. The book entertains you a lot while also educating about the various facets of people working at a hotel. Enroute, it covers many facets of life also.
The book has eight stories that is either about a single event or a group of similar experiences around a topic. The first story "Wasted Testimony" is about a philandering incident a window cleaner witnesses. "Tender Bartender" is a story about a rich lonely wife who is a sculptor and how she befriends a bartender who she later takes as a model for her sculptures. The story well articulates the mixed feelings the bartender undergoes and how a small encounter between two individuals can lead to far reaching consequences that is even good for the society at large. "The Carnal Getaway" is about the monstrous ways in which some men sometimes quench their carnal desires. Many of the philandering happens with the knowledge and sometimes even in presence of their wives.
"Diplo-Mazey" is about a set of interesting experiences that happen when a set of foreign delegates stay at the hotel. "Face of a Mob" is about the various prejudices we have about people and how the very same people will sometimes give a helping hand. The story also narrates the various mishaps that occur when a hotel worker does not know to speak English. "Did Eye Lie" is a scary but somewhat hilarious event that occurs when a guest complains about the hypnotizing eyes of a piece of art on the walls. "Lost and Found" is an heart warming account of how a fully pregnant Shruti sets out to search for the lost CDs of one of her guests and how several well meaning souls help her find it from a place far away from the hotel. "The Checkout" is about some personal incidents in the life of Shruti and how she finally quits her job at the hotel.
The last Chapter is an imagined interview that Shruti faces in the year 2023. It is very hilarious and is a nice way of putting across many other things that Shruti wants to share about her life and career.
From reading the book it is well evident that Shruti was a duty conscious and dedicated housekeeper. The narration style is simple but with lot of interesting details. The book published by Rupa Publishers book has 172 pages and costs Rs.176 in Amazon India. Go for it!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Three Exercises to Practise Gratitude

I was reading the book Vitamin-G-Gratitude by Prashant Jain. There are 42 exercises given in the book to practice gratitude. There are also few listed in the Circle of Gratitude Facebook group. I am listing three here.
I. Mental Subtraction:  This exercise helps in avoiding taking things for granted. The book says, " Contemplating life without a loved one, or a limb can give us new found appreciation for something that we take for granted. While this may seem extreme, it is a great way of going beyond the mind's way of hedonic adaptation. This is like a back-door intervention for boosting gratitude. People who do this exercise tend to feel an enhanced sense of appreciation."
"One argument could be that we become more mindful of the good that is already present when we contemplate its absence. This same strategy can be applied to our good fortune, people, circumstances or events to feel greater appreciation and connection by subtracting this event and contemplating how life would be without it."
II. Mudita: Mudita is the Buddhist practice of finding happiness in the joy and success of others. This helps in overcoming envy and jealousy.

III. List all things you are grateful for each alphabet: You can select one alphabet and list all the things that you are grateful for in the world that start with that alphabet. The things are activities you list can vary from mundane to most attractive. You can do this exercise for 26 days, either in the morning or night before you sleep. For example for alphabet A you can write - 1) Air 2) Aeroplane 3) Apple 4) Amma 5) Ambulance and so on.
Hope you like these exercises and practice them too :)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Why You are Sad and How to Overcome it?

Why do we suffer when we are sad? Not because we are sad. But because we think we should not be. That we are supposed to be up and about, social, productive, whatever else. We have, what Carl Rogers called, the “idealized image” of ourselves. This image is based on how we want others to perceive us.

Our “suffering” begins when we sense or imagine our state being perceived by another (the perceived image as sensed by us) as different from our idealized image. You may call this as judgment (except you are judging your self). The suffering is an unwillingness to accept current state with a concurrent desire to be somebody else and the feeling that you can’t.

How can you decrease it? Allow you to be sad for few hours. Accept your state as is and you will find a burst of energy at the end of exercise.

There is a trick, though. You have to set some outcomes for the next day/evening. Two or three simple ones – like a walk, cook, clean, call, etc. 

Once you have accepted your state, your system is no longer struggling. You are congruent and in charge of your emotional states again. That is why you find energy at the end of the exercise. However, now you have to continue to be in charge of your state. Which is why planning outcome for next day/evening is important.

- by Bhavana Nissima - Lightweaver|NLP Passioneer|Innovator|Artist|Counsellor|Educator

Visit her website here.

Friday, March 2, 2018

NGO Thuli - Helps You to Give Your Rarely used Clothes to the Underprivileged and Needy

Do you have clothes with you that you have not been using for a long time? Or do you have clothes that have become smaller in size or which you won't wear again? You can give such clothes to Thuli. 
Thuli is an organization that acts as a bridge between the underprivileged who are in need of clothes  and the affluent who can give their rarely used or old clothes. The founders of Thuli believe that wearing good clothes raises the confidence of a person and they want to gift such confidence to the underprivileged and needy.

The clothes are displayed in the NGO Thuli shop, and the underprivileged can pick the clothes of their choice for the free vouchers given to them. So, the needy get a shopping experience and also have a choice in the clothes they pick.

People who want to give away their clothes can drop the clothes at the Thuli office at, Shop #12, Ground floor , Gokul arcade, Sardar Patel road, Baktavatsalam Nagar,  Adyar, Chennai - 600020. Or you can get in touch with them by WhatsApp or call using the number +91 6380306662. The volunteers will come to your doorstep and collect the clothes. 

To know more, have a look at the short video about NGO Thuli.

To know more about Thuli and how they operate, click here.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Social Interconnections Matter

I came across a TED video titled "The Hidden Influence of Social Networks" by Nicholas Christakis. The video is very powerful, but I liked one of the examples given for the advantage of being well connected over being poorly connected.
He gives the example of carbon atoms found both in the graphite of lead pencils and in diamonds. In
the graphite, the carbon atoms are loosely connected and so the graphite is dark and soft. Whereas, the carbon atoms in diamond are more tightly connected or the interconnections are different, and so the diamond is bright and hard. He compares the graphite to weakly connected social networks and the diamond to strongly are more connected social networks. The advantages of the close networks is obvious. Though in real life, graphite has its own use and diamond has its own use, the value of diamond is higher. It is the interconnections between the individuals that determines the value or social capital of the network.

To view the original TED Talk, click here.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The 50 Things - Lessons for When you Feel Lost by Peter Dunne - Few Snippets

On Compromise:
Compromise is an old person's word. When I say 'old' I am talking about anyone over the age of thirty. By thirty you have hopefully grasped that you are possibly not operating from the geographical centre of the universe, that life does not always go your way and that you just may, sometimes (often, actually) have to adjust your aims and your expectations and learn to deal with the disappointment that it brings. Before thirty, you may think you are the master of the universe and you spend a lot of time being aghast that God/ the universe/ everyone you know has not recognized this fact and brought you all you demand on silver platters while carrying you around on a bejeweled bier. Or was this just me?
As I've said, in my opinion, getting your own way all the time is bad for you. It creates false expectation and discourages effort, be it in relationships or business or life generally.
On Courage:
In  cyber-bullying your yardstick has to be this - Am I letting someone else determine my movements, my self-expression, or in any unwelcome way moderate my life or my actions? You must never appease a bully. As Goethe put it, 'Be bold and mighty forces shall come to your aid.'
On Friendship:
One loyal friend is worth 10,000 relatives - Euripides.
On Optimism:
In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela said: "I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being an optimist is keeping one's head pointed towards the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lay defeat and death."
On Gossip:
It was only as I got older that I started to realize that Gossip is actually really nasty, It's corrosive, like the worst kind of poison, and it attacks people's reputations. Sadly, an untruth spoken often enough and left unchallenged becomes history. Gossip can twist facts and hearsay into the most poisonous conjecture.
On Religion:
The problem is that people are fallible. We all fail at some point. Our own fallibility is in letting theirs become the overriding message and drowning out the love.  
On Happiness:
The fastest way to become seriously unhappy is to focus on yourself and what you think you need, to achieve your right to lasting Happiness. When you throw away your internal balance sheet, Happiness will flood into your life and you will be a blessing to everyone who knows you.
On Acceptance:
Life was sweeter, fuller, and richer if you went with the stream, rather than tore your heart out rowing against it. - H. E. Bates
On Morality:
My grandmother Elsie used to say that you should try to live your life in a way that caused no suffering to others. If you think about it, you can almost stop right there. Henry Thoreau, said, ' Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life . So aim above morality. Be not simply good - be good for something'
On Confidence:
So the big question is this: how do you keep a check on yourself, how do you stop it tipping over into that overblown confidence, or worse, arrogance? The answer to that one is the eleventh commandment : 'Thou shall not kid thyself. '
On Democracy:
Winston Churchill said , in 1938: You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police....yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoke abroad, thoughts stirring at home - all the more powerful because forbidden - terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.
On Money:
Too many people go around with the idea that you have to be dishonest to be wealthy or that Money will corrupt you. That is all rubbish. All Money does is give you choices. Money allows you to do things that you would not be able to do otherwise. But it does not, cannot, make you evil. If you are already a bad person, Money will allow you to express it more easily, that's all. If you are the kind of person who thinks it is OK to take what is not yours because you want it, Money may inspire you to theft. But be clear: it's not Money that's in the wrong in that situation. Money represents freedom, the freedom to make better choices. Not necessarily the freedom to always do what I want.
On Anger:
Anger is vicious and destructive and ugly and will leave you and those around you with the worst of whisky hangovers.
About the Book:  The author has quoted many interesting anecdotes from his life to elaborate on the 50 life lessons. An author intro would have been good, because it took time to recognize the author while browsing - a goodreads book info was helpful in tracking him.
Here is a glimpse of who the author Peter Dunne is :
Peter Dunne is an Emmy and Peabody Award winning producer, writer, and teacher with over thirty years experience. He has held positions as vice-president of development at Viacom, Lorimar (now Warner Bros. TV), and Spelling Television. He has written and/or produced the shows Sybil, Dallas, Knots Landing, Melrose Place, CSI, JAG, among others. He also teaches screen writing at UCLA and lectures around the world.