Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Short Story: Look at the other side

Hi good day EVERYONE! :)
Here is a short story I received in mail today:

"A Father was reading a magazine and his little daughter every now and then distracted him. To keep her busy, he tore one page on which was printed the map of the world. He tore it into pieces and asked her to go to her room and put them together to make the map again. He was sure she would take the whole day to get it done. But the little one came back within minutes with perfect map.

When he asked how she could do it so quickly, she said, 'Oh… Dad, there is a man's face on the other side of the paper. I made the face perfect to get the map right."" she ran outside to play leaving the father surprised."

There is always the other side to whatever you experience in this
world. This story indirectly teaches a lesson. That is, whenever we come
across a challenge or a puzzling situation, look at the other side...You
will be surprised to see an easy way to tackle the problem...

Have A nice Day...!!

Bye. TC. :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Books: Connect The Dots by Rashmi Bansal

Hi good day ppl!
Over the last week was reading an interesting book: Connect the Dots by Rashmi Bansal. This is the 2nd book by Rashmi, the first being 'Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish'.


This book is about 20 enthusiastic people who are driven by ideas, hard work, dedication, passion to get them into reality into a business.
These people had no MBA, some aren't even from business families but they have gone from being startup companies to big businesses.

I got interested reading this introductory quote by Steve Jobs:

"You cant connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust... in something- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." -Steve Jobs, Commencement address Stanford University (2005)

The book is divided into 3 sections:
  • Jugaad- No formal training. Just observation, application of mind, because business in no Rocket Science
  • Junoon- Driven by idea which different & its about making these dreams a reality
  • Zubaan- Creative people need a platform, when a platform is created, these creative souls become 'entrepreneurs'
Its writing is simple & since all the stories are in conversation format, its easy to understand, visualize how it must have happened. Each story refreshes you, inspires you to give your best in things you Love doing ;)

Some of my favourite stories were:
  • Street Smart-Prem Ganapathy of Dosa Plaza: Since I have visited the Center One Dosa Plaza,Vashi & Sadguru hotel, Chembur, its interesting to read how this person who was new to the city started from dish washing to owner of a food chain, due to his simple philosophy--Good product, good service, give the customer what he would love to have with the best presentation,hygiene.
  • Food for thought-N Mahadevan of Oriental Cuisines: You don't need degrees to build an empire. A professor can set up an empire stretching across cuisines & continents.
  • Human touch-Hanmant Gaikwad of Bharat Vikas Group: An engineering students who took tuitions to support his fees, runs a facilities management firm(BVG) which maintains clients like Rashtrapati Bhavan. The firm is commited towars giving back to the society.
  • Kitabu Keeda-R Sriram of Crossword: A bookworm who brought a new meaning to 'reading' by building India's largest bookstore chain.
  • Electric Dreams-Chetan Maini of Reva Electric Car Company: Building something which is far ahead of its time & spreading it is trully a tough task. Wish I had read this 1year ago, would have bought a Reva car instead of a petrol one ;)
  • Paper Tiger-Mahima Mehra of Haathi Chaap: Making unusual stuff out of unimaginable material like elephant poo & marketing it too requires dedication! Mahima has brought a new dimension to recycling & handmade paper.
  • Truth Shall Prevail-Paresh Mokashi of 'Harishchandrachi Factory': I loved the movie. Have watched it 4times till now. Reading about its maker is thrilling.
  • Call of the wild-Kalyan Verma a Wildlife Photographer: Thinking that you also want to live in the forest, watch animals all time, click photos & making it a reality is a different thing altogether. A Software professional who is a living sample of 'idiot', who is doing the same thing like me: 'My job is my hobby & im getting paid for it' ;)
PPL, you have to read this book once, like Rashmi Bansal writes in Acknowledgements:
Because it is these stories which will move and inspire the next generation to stay hungry and foolish.
Get more information here: http://connectthedots.in/

Check out other book reviews:
Book: Three Cups of Tea
Short Story-3,900 Saturdays...!
Quotes: Life from Chicken Soup for the Sisters Soul
Quotes: Friends from Chicken Soup for the Sisters Soul
Quotes: Sisters from Chicken Soup for the Sisters Soul

Short story: Life of True Abundance!
Book: Wisdom of Wolves
Book:Goals...The 10 Rules for Achieving Success

Let us know your views about this book too.
bye. Tc.