The Book Under My Pillow

By Murugesan Venkatapathi

The best things come in small packages… self-help, motivation, philosophy, social commentary and humour, are all rolled into this little book of quotes and snippets. Ideal for the office shelf, bedtime reading or stress-busting short breaks, this handy, easy-to-carry volume, does not have any one lesson to share, but many – which one can come back to again and again whenever one wishes to. It is not a one-time read but an enjoyable multiple reading venture with assorted quotes from some well-known and some not-so-well-known people, in addition to the author’s insightful and sometimes irreverent, snippets. Some of the quotes hit hard and compel us to put on our thinking caps, while others are light and funny, but always eye-opening. Some can be put up on our screens to motivate ourselves while others just may not resonate with a person right away, but nevertheless make one reflect. This is truly The Book Under My Pillow…

Murugesan Venkatapathi
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MURUGESAN VENKATAPATHI was born in Coimbatore. He joined a military boarding school at the age of 10; played hockey for Tamil Nadu and represented his University in other sports, primarily to stay away from his classes, he avers. Destiny turned him away from becoming a fighter pilot or lawyer, while the family wisdom nudged him into engineering. Finally, Physics, his first love, caught up with him during his graduate days at the University of North Carolina. He finished his PhD at Purdue University and worked there for a few years. In 2009, he took up a position at the grand old Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where he is Assistant Professor, working in the areas of Physics and Applied Mathematics. He can be reached at: