Thursday, April 30, 2009

A man of many words

Mr. D.Murali is the Deputy Editor of The Hindu Business Line. Given his chosen profession, it is natural that he gets to read a lot and I was prepared for an office with a fair amount of books in it. But what I walked in to was an office where there were a few chairs, a desk and piles of books. They were everywhere - except for the precise area covered by the sweep of the door as it opened. There were a few books under the chairs, too and I'm guessing that there are stacks of them in the covered shelves behind him.

And the books are of all kinds, ranging across accountancy, marketing, technology and some other subjects that seem to have been invented just for the book having to be written. Murali gets - and devours - them all, yet finds time to keep his morning open to meet people over a long conversation. I came across his open diary about a year ago - it seems a good way for anyone to walk into a newspaper's office and talk at length about something that they are passionate about. For Murali, I guess it gives him enough 'deep background' and would certainly keep him updated about diverse topics from a diverse group of people. The lure of a lunch at The Hindu's canteen is too strong to resist!

Back to the books: Murali reads tons of them (literally) every month, writing reviews for those that he has to (as part of his work) or feels like (on his blog). I can't imagine how many he'd be reading, but he says he reviews about 50 books each month, on an average. I'd be happy if I can get through that number over a year's time!




5 comments:

Murali said...

:)

Shantaram said...

@ Murali: And you read this too! :)

Raj said...

I once asked Murali ( by e-mail) how he manages to wade through so many books. He replied" I dip into them". To review books, especially the management kind, I guess you need not go through the entire volume. After a few pages, the same idea is repeated ad nauseum, anyway!

Quizzerix said...

Well written Shanta..Murali endears to many of us at the workplace because of his genial disposition and vast range of interests...a nice man to know!

Shantaram said...

@ Raj: You do have a point there...

@ Quzzerix (Ramana?): Oh, yes!