There have been three hot topics around me this week.
The first one is about Luxembourg future prime minister Xavier Bettel, who happens to be gay. Quite a few people asked me if I thought that Russian investors would be pooling their funds out of Luxembourg based on the fact that Mr. Putin “does not approve of gays”. I always said – I didn’t think so. First of all, Russian investors probably do not even know that Luxembourg has a prime minister. And secondly, they are not very likely to base their investment decisions on Mr. Putin opinions anyway, otherwise, why would they be in Luxembourg to start with?
Everybody is talking about a new book about Amazon: The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.Yes, I read it and yes, I think it is based on real facts. The New Yorker (actually an interesting one), Time, BusinessWeek, practically everyone, – is talking about it – how Jeff Besoz is a micro-manager and how everyone at Amazon must be suffering from the necessity to synchronize, and how brutally Amazon pursued is growth targets to “get big fast” … This is just taken out of context completely. Amazon is a first company in my life, where I feel like I am free to do whatever I find necessary and reach out to whoever I need and I find my work to be meaningful and learn every single day. Yes, there is a strong corporate culture, and yes, there are 6-pagers and practically no powerpoints and, yes, it’s not for everyone, but most people I work with are really happy and proud and engaged. And yes, I enjoyed every page of this book, because it’s about the heritage and history and unspoken understanding of what’s important.
Last but not least – the recent release of a Bridget Jones sequel book – Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. It’s hard – it really is. Bridget is now 51, she is a widow with 2 kids and dating… Mr. Darcy is dead.
Lost Illusions do not get any more surreal. The whole phenomenon of Bridget was in “happily ever after” with Mr Darcy. It was before Sex and the City and Lean In and I was in my early twenties. I never wanted to be Bridged, but it felt comfortable to know that his messy, chaotic, a bit overweight, not particularly focused or talented, not even able to cook… girl could get this perfect guy falling in love with her. Or, to be very precise – these two perfect guys (Hugh Grant and Colin Firth) fighting for her. It was reassuring. We could all have our little flaws and one too many glass of Chardonnay, and it was going to be just fine. Turns out – it’s not that simple. Bridget is still funny and creative and not scared of embarrassing herself. She is dating a 30 year old toy boy, writing a screenplay, seeing her wild friends, provoking some perfect mamsters at her kid’s school and – she is getting married to a school teacher at the end of the day (who looks a lot more like a true match). But it’s a different era. You should read this book just to realize that you are no longer the same you and you do not laugh at the same jokes and you do not want your old things anymore. Very revealing.