The book ‘A R Rahman: The Spirit of Music’ is a conversation of the author (Nasreen Munni Kabir) with A R Rahman.
Instead of writing a page long review, I thought of sharing some interesting quotes from the book which I bookmarked using Kindle highlights.
One may fail in the process, but not fearing failure is what makes you try out new things.
You don’t have to try hard and be someone else. Your own musicality, the way God has made you, and the experience of life will make you original. Never believe that you are less than anyone. What you regard as an inferior quality may be just the thing that sets you apart.
How Rahman beats Procrastination!
The uneasiness and tension that deadlines bring sometimes help one to stop procrastinating.
Equality and Oneness of God
I learned about equality and the oneness of God. Whether you are a winner or loser, king or slave, short or tall, rich or poor, sinner or saint, ugly or beautiful — regardless of what colour you are, God showers unlimited love and mercy on us if we choose to receive it.
Well, the whole world was watching and waiting to hear what I would say. So I thought if I had lost that first Oscar that night, there would be one person who would still love me — my mother. A mother always loves her son, even if he loses. That’s why
Seeking the appreciation of God
There is also a story about Michelangelo that deeply impressed me. He was painting a fresco at the back of a chapel and was asked why he was painting in a place where no one could see his work. Michelangelo answered that he did not seek people’s appreciation but the appreciation of God.
In a nutshell, this is a good read which will shed lights on how Rahman works towards his goals and priorities, and how he place faith in God above everything.