The Firm

If had to choose only one topic on which I could write, it would undoubtedly be Books. I am a book worm of the nth degree and highest order.  So much that I used to even read the piece of news on the newspaper wrapped on the channa that I bought at the road-side vendor.

Though I read on all the topics under the sun (and even beyond the sun), novels and esp. thrillers are my favorite. Starting from Nancy Drews and Hardy Boys I have read novels by various authors like Sidney Sheldon (my fav), Alistair Maclean, Jeffrey Archer, James Hadley Chase. ..But this one was my first novel written by John Grisham called “The Firm”.

I enjoyed every moment of it. It is about a Harvard law graduate Mitchell McDeere, who is lured by a seemingly legitimate law firm(Bendini, Lambert, and Locke) in Memphis by offering an irrefutable package of salary and perks, much more attractive than the other Wall Street offers. Only a few insiders know its nexus with “THE MAFIA”. The FBI who is trying to penetrate into the firm for quite some time picks up McDeere, the newcomer, who is untill this point of time unaware of the nexus. He has two options now, both equally dangerous

1. Stick with the firm,earn loads of money and land in jail someday when FBI gets enough evidence to nail all the culprits.

2. Help the FBI, collect evidence for them, testify against the firm in the court of Law and live under FBI protection with a new identity in a new place, the rest of your life only to be found by the bad guys someday(Remember, the  Mafia never forgets).

McDeere is at crossroads but luckily has not much to worry about except for his beautiful wife Abby and a convicted brother Ray who is already in the prison. One small mishap and he is forced to run, run for his life. With a twist that too, now he has both the FBI and Mafia chasing after him. Read the book to know more. It makes an exciting read.

Nandan Nilekani quits Infosys to head the UID(Unique Identity) project

If you have read today’s newspaper you could not have missed this headlines “Nandan Nilekani quits Infosys to head the UID(Unique Identity) project”. Nandan Nilekani is the Co-chairman of Infosys Technologies Ltd.

Just three days back I picked up his imagining India to read and I was wondering why isn’t he out there in the arena implementing his ideas. And today this news. He is starting a new trend by doing this and I hope he is able to recreate the Infy saga ( This is a challenge as heading a private institution is pretty different from working in the govt. machinery). This, I am sure, will make lots of other entrepreneurs and celebrities follow suit .Our public sector badly needs some fresh perspectives and more effective(read uncorrupt) and innovative people.

PS: Nandan Nilekani is an alumnus of our school. So all the Josephites out there this is something we need to be proud about.