A father’s advice to his son

Give thy thoughts no tongue,

Nor any unproportion’d thought his act.

Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar;

The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,

Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;

But do not dull thy palm with entertainment

Of each new-hatch’d, unfledg’d comrade. Beware

Of entrance to a quarrel, but, being in,

Bear ‘t that th’ opposed may beware of thee.

Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice;

Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,

But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy;

For the apparel oft proclaims the man.

Neither a borrower, nor a lender be;

For loan oft loses both itself and friend,

And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

This above all: to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man

-Poloniu’s advice to Laertes,Hamlet


Book Review:Tata Log

This post is in continuation of my book review series (see here)

Tata Log is a book on the various aspects of the Tata Group.It covers various events in the Tata Group such as the launch of Tanishq,the path breaking SCIP program,the tribulations of Tata Finance, the making of Tata Indica etc

Written in a very easygoing and informal style,this makes for a good light read and I was able to finish it in one go.

The author of the book is Harish Bhat,the Managing Director of Tata Global Beverages Ltd.Mr. Bhat is widely regarded as an inspiring leader and a terrific person.Courteous to a fault and chivalrous to the extreme, I had the good fortune to listen to him at the book launch.

I would strongly recommend this book for those readers who want to know more about the Tata group.