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A. R. Rahman: The Spirit Of Music

The book A R Rahman: The Spirit of Music is a conversation of Nasreen Munni Kabir  with A. R. Rahman. In lieu of writing a page long book review, I intend to share certain interesting excerpts which I noted down while reading this book. These are thoughts or life lessons from Rahman on different aspects of life. The book is a good read which will shed light on the way Rahman works towards his goals and priorities, and his immense faith in God.


One may fail in the process, but not fearing failure is what makes you try out new things.

Being original

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.


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.

Mother’s Love

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.

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.