What, if any, memorable or special book have you ever gotten as a present? Birthday or otherwise. What made it so notable? The person who gave it? The book itself? The “gift aura?”
In this case, I have been three times lucky. 🙂 Thrice I have been surprised and deeply touched by presents in the forms of books.
The first was ‘Wings of Fire’ by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, a gift from some of my close friends at work last Christmas. It meant a lot to me because I have always liked Dr. Kalam and hold a high level of respect for him. It was a very pleasant surprise for me. I was touched by the choice of book, as well as the thought process and planning that went behind it.
The second instance was ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ by Sathej. Again, a pleasant surprise. It is his favourite book, he told me, and he had a feeling I would like it too. I was touched to receive his copy of the book. I was touched by the feeling behind the gift.
The third and the most recent instance was the gift of a bunch of books by Tagore from my betrothed. He knows the reverence that I have for Tagore. It came as a complete surprise to me. I was deeply touched to receive books, that too by Tagore. The thought process behind the gift was that it would mean a lot to me, and it did. I was touched by the amount of effort put into the selection of a perfect gift, and it was indeed perfect.
I feel really blessed to have you all in my life. Thanks for being there. Thanks for providing me some special moments. It felt wonderful. Thanks also to BTT for providing me this opportunity. 🙂