Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Connect The Dots - Book Review !!!

The first glance at this new release sequel from Rashmi Bansal, and the book cover strikes a resembling chord with it's predecessor "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish" - a book which talked about 25 IIM-A graduates who made it big. Of similar sorts, comes the "Connect The Dots" - a book that talks definitely about people who made it big, but those who actually did not pursue the path of an MBA and still managed to make their mark ! The title "Connect The Dots" has been derived from the same speech by Steve Jobs (@Stanford) where he mentioned about "Stay Hungry Stay Foolish".

People featured in this book are the not-so-well-known big guns of the industry but their stories and their endeavors are worth reading as to how they managed to fight their own way and carve out their own destiny in things that they believed did not need any formal educative knowledge or the accolades of being a MBA degree holder but survived only on one simple fact - Passion, hunger and the desire to succeed - come what may.

Of-course education does matter at some point of time, but the inspiring stories about these 20 entrepreneurs definitely makes one think twice (maybe thrice) as to whether the traditional way of following a path of education and then applying the formal knowledge is more fruitful or is it the unconventional, experimental, fearless option of saying no to a reputed degree and instead practically just throwing one's own self into the world of business turns out to be a more successful venture? 

Prominent names and their ventures covered under this title are:
Prem Ganapathy :: Dosa Plaza
Kunwer Sachdev :: Su-Kam
Ganesh Ram :: Veta
Sunita Ramnathkar :: Fem
M Mahadevan :: Oriental Cuisine
Hanmant Gaikwad :: BVG India
Ranjiv Ramchandani :: Tantra
Suresh Kamath :: Laser Soft
Raghu Khanna :: Cashurdrive
R Sriram :: Crossword
Saurabh Vyas and Gaurav Rathore :: PoliticalEDGE
Satyajit Singh :: Shakti Sudha
Sunil Bhu :: Flanders Dairy
Chetan Maini :: Reva
Mahima Mehra :: Haathi Chaap
Samar Gupta :: Trikaya Agriculture
Abhijit Bansod :: Studio ABD
Paresh Mokashi :: Harishchandrachi Factory
Krishna Reddy :: Prince Dance Group
Kalyan Varma :: Wildlife Photographer

These are real life stories of people ranging from such a diversified industrial background, people from Agriculture and Food, Politics, Photography and Theater, Software and Hardware, Re-cycling and Creative mediums, Cosmetics, Books and Education and even Housekeeping and Cleaning.

A good read I must say in my personal opinion, as Rashmi Bansal shines again with this yet another great book to learn about certain people's success/failure stories ! The book has been categorized in 3 major categories: Jugaad, Junoon and Zubaan !

Jugaad :: "These entrepreneurs have no formal training in business. They learnt by observation, experimentation and application of mind. Because ultimately, business is not 'rocket science'."

Junoon :: "Some entrepreneurs are driven by a particular idea, or passion. Something which is different, ahead of its time. These ventures are about making that dream, a living reality."

Zubaan :: "Creative people need a platform to express themselves. When that talent is unique, the platform must be created. And in doing so, the artist too becomes and 'entrepreneur'."

About the author ::
Rashmi Bansal blogs at :: Youth Curry
Connect The Dots Website ::  Click Here
Stay Hungry Stay Foolish Website :: Click Here
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1 comment:

rohit said...

Must be an enjoyable read Connect The Dots by Rashmi Bansal. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.