Happy Diwali…

I wish you all a very happy and joyous Diwali


  1. mathew said,

    November 7, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    happy diwali to you as well..

    evide padakkam pottichaal you can expect a newspaper headline in manorama..

    “Malayali theevravaathiye Hamburgil police pidikoodi”
    “aayudha vastukkal kandeduthu….”

    So rather will have a somber dinner celebration..;-P

  2. Poornima said,

    November 7, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    Wish you a very Happy Diwali Sir.
    I had bought the Reader’s Digest yesterday and read your story.Then read your blog and added your URL to my Google Reader.
    Though I am not really a ‘computer freak’. I understand the importance of it as a student ๐Ÿ™‚
    A small request- do you have a E-book of ‘Messiah’s handbook’ by Richard Bach??If you do, I would be glad if you can e-mail it to my mail id: josyula.19@gmail.com as I am avid reader.
    Have a great day Sir.
    And look forward for more blogs from you.

  3. Alexis Leon said,

    November 7, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    mathew: Thank you.. Regarding Manorama, quite true ๐Ÿ™‚ Dinner celebration… Sounds great…Have fun.

    Poornima: Thanks Poornima. I don’t have Messaiah’s Handbook in the e-book form. I don’t think there is an e-book edition.

  4. Paresh said,

    November 7, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    Wishing u the same. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Namrata said,

    November 7, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    Hello Sir,

    I read about you in the latest edition of Readers Digest. You are a true fighter.Hats off to you!!!!

    I am an E & TC engineer,but working in software.Just a year old in this industry. I simply cannot wait to read one of your books.


  6. starry nights said,

    November 8, 2007 at 1:39 am

    Happy Diwali to you and your family Alexis.

  7. VIjaya said,

    November 8, 2007 at 8:08 am

    Hi Alex, Wish you a very happy and prosperous Diwali.

  8. James Bright said,

    November 8, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Happy Diwali Alex ..!

    Take care..!

  9. Anju said,

    November 8, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Wishing you a very happy and joyous Deepawali!

  10. Divy said,

    November 9, 2007 at 5:21 pm


    Hi Alex Sir,

    thanks for giving life a new meaning…

    Happy Diwali…

    and New Year Too (In advance)…. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  11. Divy said,

    November 9, 2007 at 5:24 pm


    well about me…

    Currently i’m a Nobody…

    lets see now… as i’ll be reading couple of yours tech books….

    and i hope of being landing than as Somebody…


  12. Nandini Mohan Rao said,

    November 9, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    Dear Mr. Alex

    Wish you a very Happy Diwali and a prosperous year ahead. We read your article in the Readers Digest and just want you to know that we thought that you were a very brave person who does not dwell too much on the past. You have done so much with your life. May Shirdi Sai shower his choicest blessings on you and your family.

  13. Alexis Leon said,

    November 9, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Paresh: Thanks Paresh and whishing a happy New Year.

    Namrata: Thanks Namrata. Wishing you all the very best.

    starry nights: Hope you had a wonderful timeโ€ฆ

    VIjaya: Thank you

    James: Thanks James. How are you? No posts these daysโ€ฆ

    Anju: Thanks Anju. Hope you had a wonderful Deepawali.

    Divy: Thanks Divy. Wishing you too a very happy and prosperous New Year.

    Nandini Mohan Rao: Thanks Nandini for the wishes. I whish you and your family a very happy and prosperous New Year.

  14. Mishmash! said,

    November 9, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    I think I will start with a “Hello” as I am still not sure if I should call you , Sir or address you by ur name. Sir sounds too formal to me though I am not feeling comfortable calling u by name as well , considering the amount of respect and admiration I have , after being glued to your page for the last 2-3 days or ever since you left a trail on my page !! Initially I kept wondering how easily you convey a matter of substance though a simple story, sometime referring to your nephew, Ashwin, and that too in a very simple, down- to earth language. Then I got to learn about the survivor in you…fighter in u and the number of books you have authored……also u reminded me of an American lady whom I met here, who is a cancer survivor and lost her speech capabilities after her operation but she survived, regained her speaking abilities through determination and will power and now continues her passion in cake decorating and teaches and takes classes and drives around the city on her own , even though she is 81, weak, fragile , and suffering from other diseases like arthritis, serious BP issues et al …she did change my perspectives on life to a great extent ……though I still grumble, and get anxious and worried when things go wrong, I have learnt to focus on the blessings in life.

    I dont know why I missed this page till now….as Mathew rightly put it, you are an inspiration. I am from Cochin too and hope to cross our paths sometime , when I am back to Cochin.

    Wishing you all the very best!
    P.S Really feel honored to have received compliments from someone like you … Means a lot, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Dhanush Gopinath said,

    November 12, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Hi Alexis.

    I know I am late, but nevertheless. Happy Diwali.


  16. Emmanuel said,

    November 12, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    Sorry for being late here…. ๐Ÿ™

    Hope u had a nice time…… ๐Ÿ™‚ Can u send me ur email-id in which i can ‘annoy’ (i mean ur casually personal id!!) you ? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    my id: myownniche@gmail.com

  17. sailesh said,

    November 14, 2007 at 3:57 am

    hello sir,
    i read about you in reader’s digest. it takes a lot of will to forget ur disabilities and move on. though not so severe i sail in the same boat.

    good luck for what lies hidden in our future sir.

  18. Sadhana Ghosh said,

    November 14, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    I too read about you in the latest Digest. It is truly very inspiring. Hats off to you…

    Stuck with comments from other people…

  19. Raghav said,

    November 17, 2007 at 6:02 am

    Yeah that was one awesome story in RD… Alexis is like indian stephen hawking i guess ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    well alexis i promised to check out your blogs and here i am ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Shaju Mathew said,

    November 20, 2007 at 2:32 am

    Hi Alexis,
    I was your junior at CET(89 Mech), and saw your picture and article about you. Didn’t realize the extent of your work as far as authoring books go..but then, I didn’t know about your accident either.
    I just wanted to write to you and tell you how much of an inspiration you are for folks who are faced with unexpected events in the path of life. Perhaps events such as these have some as-yet unknown purpose behind it. Your attitude is great, and you surely deserve the benefits that’s sure to follow..in a better place. Meanwhile, please continue your excellent work and keep up that spirit. You’re passing the test of life with flying colors!
    I’ll be proud of the fact that I knew you as a senior at Engg College. Perhaps one day I’ll meet you when I’m in the area – I’d surely like my kids(Alice 8, Annette 2) to meet you.
    Many regards,
    Shaju Mathew

  21. Rita Chandy said,

    November 20, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    After I read your account Alexis and read in it that you were to get married on 26th December and that you worked in TCS I wanted more than ever to be added to your list of freinds – why you will ask – many years earlier in 1978 I got married on 26th December and this year it will be 29 years. My office is adjacent to TCS in Lucknow and I am in and out of that office almost daily. Sometimes its very difficult to accept God’s plans for us but as we have been taught we cannot question God’s plans however unfair it might seem. I am not a very positive person and get beaten when not well even though God has been so kind to me in every way – I wish I had the fantastic courage you have. Alexis my dear kudos to you. Regards Rita

  22. jacob ipe said,

    November 20, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Alex,
    Wish you a very happy and joyous Diwali.Sorry for not keeping on touch.

  23. suchitra said,

    November 21, 2007 at 12:29 am

    well,its true that when something’s on your mind you start noticing it everywhere
    hi,i m a udct student and the editor of our college magazine.
    it so happened tht we got an article for our issue about the harvard story,but fortunately before printing it i found in wikipedia that the story is not true,that was yesterday.
    Also i was reading Robin Sharma’s book and came across this thing called speed reading,since then i wanted to know more about it.
    Yesterday, i was reading Reader’s Digest, i read your story,so before going to bed i jotted down things to do as follows
    1.visit your weblog
    2.find more about speed reading thru google
    and 3.learn more about harvard’s story
    and i couldnt believe it,wen i found everything on your weblog….that was amazing,i’ll make sure to read every post here onwards

  24. suchitra said,

    November 21, 2007 at 1:15 am

    can you please tell me whats the best way to do a speed reading course

  25. Alexis Leon said,

    November 21, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    Mishmash!: Hi Shn, thanks and your site abolutely rocks.

    Dhanush: Thanks buddy.

    Emmanuel: Email ID has been Sent to you.

    sailesh: Thanks Sailesh and I wish you all the best.

    Sadhana: Thank you…

    Raghav: Thank Raghav for the visit. I am nowhere near SH, he is great.

    Shaju:Thanks Shaju. We’ll surely meet.

    Rita:Thanks Rita. Wishing you all the best.

    Appu:Nice to hear from you.

    Suchitra: It is really a nice coincidence. Regarding learnign to speed read, the best method is read a good book and then try using a software or web resource.

  26. Rafiq Raja said,

    November 21, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Dear Alexis,

    Read an article about you and your endeavours in RD this month. I would have lived without knowing that the Alexis Leon of SCM fame, was living right next to our doorsteps all the while, we were linking him up with some western countries.

    It’s so brave of you to overcome the past and make a future out of it. Wish you had a wonderful Deepavali, and Hope to be back sooner and keep visiting your blog and articles.

  27. Reshmi said,

    November 21, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Finally, a day after hearing about you and writing to you, I am here to leave a message. Strange how things work out!

    I am amazed at how good you are at keeping in touch with people, Al.

    Keep up all the good work. We know you can deliver. I think you are a great ambassador of Kerala. Would it not be wonderful if you could be a guest speaker to our youth? Think about it!!!

  28. Manju said,

    November 22, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Dear Alex chettan,

    I see that we have a celebrity cousin now. I am sure that now all our family lineage would be traced through you ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you had a great diwali. Also feeling proud that you are a source of inspiration to so many people out there.

  29. S.Gopalakrishnan said,

    November 30, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Alexis,

    I wish you a great life ahead.

    Please give me your personal maid id.

    Gopal (Class of ’88 CET Mech)

  30. Alexis Leon said,

    December 1, 2007 at 10:34 am

    Rafiq:Thanks friend.

    Reshmi:Thank you very much for your kind words.

    Manju: Thanks. No Diwali was washed by heavy rains.

    Gopal: Thanks buddy. I have sent the email to your ID.