Book Review: Connect the Dots by Rashmi Bansal

Rashmi Bansal is one of the most famous authors from India. Her books – Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, Connect the Dots, I have a Dream have been big hits. All of her books are on entrepreneurship – she shares stories of people who have made it big. Stay Hungry Stay Foolish is book on 20 entrepreneurs with MBAs. This one is about another 20 without. Both of these books’ titles link back to the famous Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech.

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The book starts off the famous story of Prem Ganapathy, Founder of Dosa Plaza. The book then moves on to back-to-back biggies like Kunwer Sachdev(Su-Kam), Ganesh Ram(Veta), Sunita (Fem Care) and N.Mahadevan(Oriental Cuisines). All of these stories are gripping and an absolute delight to read. It will probably give one of those “Eureka” moments. The book then has stories on entrepreneurs in diverse fields – book store chains, agriculture, dairy, software products and what not! One surprise was introducing stories of entrepreneurs in the field of design & arts towards the end of the book. Some of the stories of enterprises like Reva, story of Harishchandrachi Factory movie inspires the readers to do think different.

The book is, of course, non-fiction and writing style suits it. The language is simple. Any person can pick-up this book & read through 20 brilliant entrepreneurial journeys(without MBA). While the first few stories were totally gripping, the book seemed to lose its charm towards the middle. Some of the stories lacked details or were too short to leave a lasting impression on the reader. Also, too much of similar stories make it difficult for the reader to read it at a stretch. But towards the end of the book, as Rashmi introduces designers, photographers, dancers & movie-makers, the book totally brings back the wavering attention and gives the perfect finish.

Bottomline: The book was an exciting read for me and I totally recommend it.

Rating: 4/5

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