Eyes and ears

Institute members on what music they are currently listening to and what books are worth reading

What I’m listening to

“I recommend Kiss, especially their song I Was Made For Lovin’ You from their album Dynasty. Every bit of this song is epic – the intro, chorus and the guitar/drum solos towards the end are just how it should be done! I recall hearing this song on the radio probably during my school days but came across this again only last year. It was a spine-tingling moment!”

– Anil Daryanani FCPA, Chief Financial Officer of Thakral Corporation Ltd.

What I’m reading

A few years ago, I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes which was also made into a movie with the same name in 2016, it’s a heartbreaking love story that teaches one how to appreciate life and have the courage to live on even if serious accidents happen. The book also teaches what it means to love someone unconditonally. I learned that there is an undeniable and overwhelming pull from our hearts that grows only when we really let ourselves care about someone selflessly.

– Tiphaine Chan CPA, Regional Head of Compliance and Audit for APAC at Edelman

I recommend Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston. It is a real story about the author himself, whose arm gets trapped in a boulder while hiking in Utah, and is forced to go through five days of hunger, thirst and despair before deciding to amputate his own arm and free himself. The book was made into the gripping movie 127 Hours, which I also recommend.

– Eric Leung CPA, Finance and Administration Manager at Asphalt Surfaces (International) Ltd.

In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India by Edward Luce is about how India is becoming one of the world’s largest economic powers. The book describes its political, economical and cultural transformation to illustrate how quickly the country has grown in the last decade. Luce also discusses how the nation’s religion and traditional mindset has become both a threat and opportunity. His writing is very detailed and he makes it easy for readers to visualize his vision of modern day India. This book will take you on a real journey – which makes it ideal to read during this pandemic.

– Joseph Ho CPA, ex-group head of tax, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa at BT

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