When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi is this week’s book recommendation.
Why should you pick it up?
“At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. ”
That’s part of the blurb for ‘When Breathe Becomes Air‘. Imagine what Paul Kalanithi must have felt when everything he had worked hard for all his life was within his reach but suddenly he was shortchanged for time. The hourglass of his life had very less time left for him. The hard work he had put in to be a neurosurgeon and the sacrifices he had made for that putting off time with his partner, everything suddenly lost relevance. The hardest part of reading this book was that it was not fiction. Needless to say, this is a book which touched me deeply. It was a mirror to the impermanence of life. It made me want to hug my family more and be there for them more.
You should read this book because it’s one of the most moving autobiographies you’ll ever read. And it’s real, the emotions raw. That’s sadly the high point of it.
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