Stay Hungry Stay Foolish – A good, quick read

I will be honest here.

I don’t read a lot nowadays – Indian authors included. Not that I am free of that habit, it is just a matter of being determined to find enough time in my 14 hours a day spent outside of home. But, fortunately, I did not consider the time aspect when I subscribed to Kindle Unlimited.

How can I?

One gets to be as ambitious as one can be – especially when a good deal is at hand (“so many books!”). As the things came to be – Kindle started recommending these books using the secret sauce that is Kindle recommendation.

It so happened I picked up this book.

stay hungry stay foolish book review

In hindsight, I would not have probably considered “Stay Hungry Stay Foolish” if I had not been spending time on Kindle. In all honesty, I am still undecided whether that would be a good or bad thing.

To give all credit to the author, Rashmi Bansal does a good job of meeting a lot of “A-listed” entrepreneurs and getting their life journeys, their version of the story and mixes that well with the facts on the ground. Her passion to outline stories from 25 IIM-A alumni, who did not become a “slave to the corporate” world, shows.

The list includes who’s who of the entrepreneur club including Sanjeev Bikhchandani (naukri.com), Shantanu Prakash (Educomp) and lesser known ventures that a lazy person like me wouldn’t know. I had a ball of the time reading through the first 100 pages or so (my default device was my mobile phone, YMMV). For a few moments there I experienced their thrill of starting new ventures, was awed and captivated at their gritty determination and, in general, enjoyed a virtual entrepreneurial journey.

For a few moments, I experienced their thrill of starting new ventures, was awed and captivated at their gritty determination and, in general, enjoyed a virtual entrepreneurial journey.

The best read for me was the story of Narendra Murkumbi (Shree Renuka Sugars) – it was a old-world business for a new age entrepreneur and the business is huge.

But then, it became sort of repetitive – I marveled more at my feverish turning of pages (or swiping the screen) rather than the story unraveling in front of me. I became less and less patient of the text that went into the nitty-gritty’s and I probably missed a gem or two there.

At the end of the day, reading this book is a fairly good use of your time. “Stay Hungry Stay Foolish” does showcase some good entrepreneurial stories and a few of them have indeed transformed themselves and their companies into amazing entities.

My quick recommendation – pick up this book if you are still wondering what kind of crazy people are entrepreneurs. Make it a quick read over a weekend and y’all be a-ok.

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