Stay Hungry Stay Foolish by Rashmi Bansal – Book Review
St. Augustine famously wrote, “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a Page!” However, in my opinion, those who do travel and have a book for company are truly blessed. And so I felt when on a train journey from Bangalore to Hyderabad, I found myself in the company of Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, a book by Rashmi Bansal. For those who’ve not heard of Rashmi Bansal, she is a writer, entrepreneur and a self-proclaimed youth expert.
Stay Hungry Stay Foolish is one of those rare books that have left an everlasting impact on me. It features the success stories of 25 IIM Ahmadabad graduates who dared to step away from the corporate rat-race and made it big as entrepreneurs. Since I’m an MBA graduate myself with dreams of starting my own venture one day, I figure you’ll allow me the luxury of raving about this awesome, inspirational book.
What Rashmi Bansal’s, Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, Is All About
This book, like the others that Rashmi Bansal has written to date, is based on a quote given by the late Steve Jobs during the commencement address at Stanford way back in 2005. The title gives us a message right at the beginning that we need to be hungry at every stage in life to be successful and there come moments in our lives where we need to do something foolish, something unexpected in order to realize our dreams.
The book, Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, starts off with the story of Sanjeev Bhikchandani, Batch of 1989, who dreamt big and went onto found Naukri.com. For close to a decade he struggled on the sidelines but never gave up on his Big Idea. In 2006, Naukri.com became the first dotcom to IPO on The Indian Stock Exchange.
We then meet Sunil Handa who went onto found the Eklavya Educational Foundation. An IIMA graduate of the 1979 batch, Sunil made it big in the Pharma industry by launching a partnership firm with his brother and ultimately the same firm became the cause of his separation with his brother which left him dejected and heart-broken.
And then there’s the inspiring story of R. Subramanian, PGP ’89, who quit his job at Citibank 15 days after joining, feeling restless to do something ‘more’. That something is today India’s largest grocery chain – Subhiksha. Subramanian famously rebuffed offers from Reliance Retail as he believes the best is ‘yet to come’.
The Good Bit About Rashmi Bansal’s, Stay Hungry Stay Foolish
Rashmi Bansal’s, Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, is one of the most fascinating and inspiring books I’ve ever read with practical wisdom, learning and thoughtful insights for all those aspiring entrepreneurs out there trying to become the next big thing. Penning down such eventful lives into short biographies and putting them together into a single book has made Stay Hungry Stay Foolish an explosive book that delivers on all fronts.
For all those people who look down on MBA grads and think of them as nothing but bloated egos and experts at giving jargons that no one understands, this one is an eye-opener for you people!
Final Verdict on Stay Hungry Stay Foolish by Rashmi Bansal
Stay Hungry Stay Foolish is an amazing book and a must-read for everyone. With its interesting stories and impactful, inspirational message, this one is a winner on all fronts. And for all those struggling entrepreneurs out there or those thinking about taking the plunge someday, this will be one book that you’re always going to have on person.
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About Rashmi Bansal
Rashmi Bansal is a writer, entrepreneur and a self-proclaimed youth expert. Starting off as a blogger, she is now the author of three bestselling books on entrepreneurship -Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, Connect the Dots and I Have A Dream – all three of them national bestsellers.
‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’ is a collection of stories of 25 MBAs who left lucrative jobs to follow the rough road of entrepreneurship. The book created a new record in Indian publishing by selling over 300,000 copies and has been translated into 8 languages. Rashmi Bansal’s second book, ‘Connect the Dots’ focuses on non-MBA entrepreneurs and has sold over 100,000 copies.
Her third book ‘I Have a Dream’, was released in May 2011 and focuses on social entrepreneurs. All three books have gone onto to becoming national bestsellers with Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, the most successful of the lot