Sunday, 19 March 2017

My Book Review: Four Miles to Freedom by Faith Johnston


My Book Review: Four Miles to Freedom by Faith Johnston

*Publisher: Random house *ISBN: 978-8-184-00487-8 *No of Pages: 177 *Genre: Non-Fiction *Cover: Hardback *Language: English *Price: 350 INR *Rating: 3.5/5

My View:

Four miles to freedom is all about Indian soldiers who were prisoner in POW (Prisoner of war) camp, I know about the 1971 war between India and Pakistan, which created new country called Bangladesh. But I was seldom know about those who were being kept in a prisoner of war camps, how they were being treated, what food they were being given and their daily life in POW.

This is a story of brave Indian army men Dilip Parulkar, Malvinder Singh and Harish Sinhji who made an escape plan to return their homeland. I don’t want to spoil by revealing the entire plot of escape but while reading the book I came to know about how Indian troops being prepared for war and what items they carry while they were on a mission. Although their escape doesn’t turn out to be successful but their attempt and never say die attitude is very appreciative.       

Four miles to freedom is a real story of Indian Army pilots whose fighter plane was shot by the Pakistani troops in a war of 1972. A huge credit goes to Faith Johnston who has interviewed Indian soldiers and presented this non-fiction to the readers. Although sometimes I was bored by reading the same scene otherwise it’s a well and inspirational book.

I recommend this motivated book to today’s youth for dedication and success from their work. I am very thankful to thereaddictsbookblog for providing this wonderful book.

Blurb:

When Flight Lieutenant Dilip Parulkar was shot down over Pakistan on 10 December 1971, he quickly turned that catastrophe into the greatest adventure of his life. On 13 August 1972 Parulkar, along with Malvinder Singh Grewal and Harish Sinhji, escaped from a POW camp in Rawalpindi. Four miles to freedom is their story.

Based on interviews with eight Indian fighter pilots who helped prepare the escape and the two who escaped, as well as research into other sources, Four Miles is also the moving, sometimes amusing, account of how twelve fighter pilots from different ranks and backgrounds coped with deprivation, forced intimacy, and the pervasive uncertainty of a year in captivity, and how they came together to support Parulkar’s courageous escape plan.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Book Review: MBA at 16 by Subroto Bagchi


Book Review: MBA at 16 by Subroto Bagchi

*Publisher: Penguin India *ISBN: 978-0-143-33097-4 *No of Pages: 157 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction/Young adult *Price: 199 *Rating: 3/5

My View:

The books on entrepreneur is always my first preference, recently I went to crossword and show this wonderful book called MBA @ 16, without thinking further I picked this book. Although this is not the first time I am reading Subroto Bagchi so I know his work on entrepreneurship and business.

MBA @ 16 is not about how to start your business at 16 but it’s a curious cases for young MBA’s who wants’ to do something different for the society by becoming entrepreneur. I think this book is a blueprint for those who want to pursue entrepreneurship. Each and every important points being taken into consideration by the author like how to raise fund from angel investor, supply and demand management, logistic, marketing and sales, accounting, innovation, HR, advertisement etc.

The writing style of author is simple and easy to digest, no difficult terminologies being used while convening the message like raw material to finished products is easily conveyed by giving the example of mother’s kitchen. Many complicated business tactics is simply presented to the readers by the author as a story. I really loved to read about Steve jobs, Bill Gates, Dr. Verghese Kurien, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and many other famous personalities.

This book will transform Job Seeker into Job Creator. A must read for those who want to jump in business rather than doing a monotonous job, also I highly recommend this book to the budding entrepreneurs and MBA students.  

Blurb:

Steve Jobs was all of sixteen when he met Stephen Wozniak. What resulted was Apple. When Sergey Brin and Larry Page met at Stanford, they were in their early twenties. They were soon to start Google.

Today’s teenagers are our smartest generation yet. They are tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, investors, managers, policymakers, watchdogs and, of course, consumers. But do you know what the corporate and business world is all about? How do businesses touch everyone’s lives? What really makes an entrepreneur tick? How does the engine of a company run? Who is a social entrepreneur? And why do we need the world of business - is business good or bad for us?

If you are curious, come join Subroto Bagchi and a group of smart teenagers on their exciting voyage of discovery, and in a process get yourself a teen MBA!