Great By Choice: Jim Collins & Morten T. Hansen

Jim Collins never disappoints!. This is another truly great book by Jim. A comparative study of organizations that thrives regardless of adverse conditions.

Jim’s research concludes 4 aspects of these organizations that makes them apart from their counterparts.  “20 Mile March”, “Fire bullets, then Canon Balls”, “Leading above the death line”, “SMac Receipe – Specific, Methodical, and Consistent”

The research subjects used by Jim is also a compelling read. Companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Southwest airlines, Skyter, Amgen, Biomet are compared against their lesser counterparts.

A highly recommended book!


Beyond The Last Blue Montain: A Life Of J. R. D. Tata : R. M Lala

For The Love Of India The Life And Times Of Jamsetji Tata : R. M Lala

South: The Story Of Shackleton’s 1914 – 1917 Expedition : Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

The first book I read in Kindle.  There are a whole library of free downloadable books available on Kindle, this being one of them.  Even without  the device, the  Kindle Crome App is a pretty decent application to read EBooks from Amazon.

The book is an amazing story of Shackleton’s expedition to south pole. Many books  have been written and movies made on Shackleton’s failed expedition, but this is  the first person account.

Sir Shackleton’s met with shipwreck in the icy waters of  the antarctic. This ship the Endurance was trapped in the antarctic ice and was eventually crushed by  the ice-packs of freezing winter. The crew survived the winter on the ice flow and on under favourable conditions set sail to Elephant island on an open boat James Caird. Elephant Island was an uninhabited island where the crew stayed on for the summer. Shackleton and five of his trusted sailors departed on a mission to South Georgia to seek help. Those were the days when there were no radio or wireless communications.

Shackleton and his men survived on only seal and penguin meat with several of his crew members developing scurvy 

A fine narration of human endurance against the forces of nature!!!

We are like that only : Rama Bijapurkar

Simply Fly : Captain Gopinath

  Everyone might remember “Air Deccan”, the airline that made Indians fly.  It was a rather short life for the airline, but it did catch the imagination of the middle class.

This book is not really about this airline.  Its about our very own Richard Branson.  Its interesting to note how similar the two are.

Capt. Gopinath grew up in the small village in the banks of Hemavati river.  The inspiration of his life was his dad, a school teacher.

I’m writing this after couple of months of having read the book. Part of the reason I do this is becuse then, I only remember the salient points from the book.

Capt. Gopinath’s story do not start or end with Air Deccan, its only a small episode in the life of this free spirited personality.

I found the early chapters of the book more inspiring and interesting than the latter.  Capt Gopinath was the first in his village to learn join the army and serve the country in the 1970 Bangladesh war.  His accounts of  of the war and  the later posting in the inaccessible terrains of  indo-chinese border is awesome.

His journey as an enterpreneur does not start until he decides to quit the army and decide to start as a farmer. With the piece of land his family got as an compensation against the land his family gave up to the government, he began as a farmer. His land was somewhere close to Hosur.

The Maruti Story : R.C. Bhargava