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What ties the 20 true-life protagonists of the book together is that they are all entrepreneurs – but without the much coveted MBA degree. Written in conversational form, the book is divided into three sections – Jugaad, Junoon and Zubaan. The author speaks to people from different parts of the country who have carved a niche for themselves in different areas of business.
Jugaad covers the stories of those who used grit and determination even as they observed and experimented to create a business on the road less travelled. The nine stories covered in this section give us a glimpse of the steely resolve of people who tried to do things differently from what others in their chosen industry normally do.
The second section Junoon details the growth of seven entrepreneurs who were driven by a dream or a passion. They followed their interests, did not give up on their dreams and succeeded in creating ventures that were not only unique but which successfully tapped a market that nobody even knew existed.
Zubaan gives us an insight into the mindset that allowed four extremely creative people who successfully channeled their immense talents to create a business platform for themselves. By tapping their talent successfully, these creative people become entrepreneurs in their own right.
The book is inspirational as the readers are sure to get totally involved in the unique spirit that drove these people to the heights of success. The title of the book is inspired by Apple founder, Steve Jobs' commencement speech given at Stanford University in 2005. In his speech, Jobs said, 'You can't connect the dots by looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust in something…your gut, destiny, life, karma…'
Connect the Dots tells us the story of people who trusted in themselves and grew to be truly inspirational success stories.
About the Author
Rashmi Bansal is an Economics graduate from Mumbai's Sophia College. She also did her MBA from IIM Ahmadabad. She is the co-founder and editor of the youth magazine, JAM. The author also works for several international youth agencies as a consultant. Ms Bansal is a much sought after motivational speaker and guest lecturer at prestigious management schools including the IIMs. She has also worked as consulting editor at Business World and has hosted a show on careers on Bloomberg UTV.
Other Popular Rashmi Bansal Books
Rashmi Bansal is known for her very popular books that are listed below:
Her books have been well-reviewed and regularly made it to the bestseller lists.
Her Writing Style
Rashmi Bansal has often been warmly appreciated for her lucid and inimitable writing style as well as her ability to collect stories that strike a chord in her readers.
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This is the first time I read a book by Rashmi Bansal as I have not yet read her book Stay Hungry Stay Foolish.
My belief is that an entrepreneur could come out from any profession, so why the author has an over ephasized angst against MBAs in particular.
Almost all the success stories are censored for the setbacks and breathtaking hurdles that the young entrepreneurs might have faced. I am not referering to the part-of-the-game kind of hurdles but those usually faced at the time of inception while breaking the proverbial glass ceiling.
I also strongly feel that all the stories are suggestive of a "one man show" (or woman so to speak). The author should also have covered the unbiased opinion of their close aides without whom the entrepreneur could not have established his/ her dream.
The book takes you through the lives of 20 non-MBA entrepreneurs from varying backgrounds with a few rags to riches stories. The stories of Dosa Plaza,VETA,Oriental cuisines etc are especially exciting as the entrpreneurs started with nothing and had their own ways of dealing with complex situations.
I enjoyed it more than her other book "stay hungry stay foolish". Those MBAs from IIM-A already had a good network and also the "MBA knowledge"...in this book the individuals do not have those advantages ...still they manage - that part is what makes this book more interesting.
Another thing is the language used....usual hindi and hinglish phrases... in the Dosa Plaza story the whole of "Advice to entrepreneurs" is in SouthIndian-Hindi.
Out of Rashmi Bansal's three books - this one is the most interesting.
Both the books are easy to read, and quite inspirational too.. a welcome change from the PR-heavy Infosys stories that have been doing their rounds for too long now.. a decade ago, if it was Gita Piramal, we have Rashmi Bansal now. May her tribe increase...
But the book's production quality is a major letdown.. after one read, the pages come unstuck from the paperback cover. Ms. Bansal's autographed work deserves to be treated with greater respect, and is not destined to end up as a wrapper for beachside peanuts or parshad after one read:-)
Publisher, please note this!
I had read this book from reference of my collegue and find it extremely useful and inspiration for start ups of any venture.
The simple and lucid language from Rashmi Bansal make the book very practical and easy to understand the thoughts of every readers and scripts written just touch down to every indivudual.
A Must Read for every Individual whether- enterprenuer Or Job Seeker.
Once again thanks alots to Rashmi for writing this wonderful book and contributing toward the growth of society and nation.
Thanks and regards,
After going through 'Stay Hungry-Stay Foolish', this book has broken the myth that only MBA's can do good business. One thing I found common in all the stories was the eagerness to do something different & common at the same time, with a revolutionary idea, which changed the complete description of the particular business these people are doing. Above all, they inspire.
A must read for anyone and everyone who wishes to get into some sort of business to make a difference.
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Motivational but does not create interest and curiosity while reading.
If I compared it to other these kinds of books, th...