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The Zoya Factor- Anuja Chauhan

Quite an interesting book……It is about luck …cricket… and… love…:-)

Zoya Solanki a simple lowly executive working in an advertising agency who is human lucky charm with an unbeatable record! Every time she has breakfast with a cricket team they win the match…The book is about her adventures/misadventures with a young  Indian Cricket team who accidently discover this and insist she accompanies them to the World cup tour to Australia…!

The BCCI finds a loop hole and offers to take Zoya has a third coach to the Indian side….and they want her to sign a ridiculous contract on how she has to kiss the cricketers on the cheek..not eat solid food with members of any other cricket team….etc etc….Zoya refuses the contract…but goes on the tour with the team as a special guest…

The Indian team wins every match Zoya is with them and looses every match she is not around… Zoya…becomes…Zoya Devi…and the goddess of luck….and the media….commentators….other teams…everyone goes berserk … Zoya Devi ki Jai ho….is so funny and yet so believable in the Indian context…!

The book is also about love…..and how Zoya falls for Nikhil Khoda…the Indian team captain… every time she looks at him she thinks…yeah to bada toinnng hai!! (Hahaha…ya the lines from that raunchy advt of some stupid underwear!). Its about how she tries to act very cool and so much in control and oh not so affected by Nikhi Khoda…after all izzat ka sawal hai! And Nikhil is also smitten by our not so beautiful unglamorous  tomboyish Zoya….or is he really….? Does Nikhil actually  like Zoya over the super sexy models and bollywood diva’s…or is he using her cause she brings him luck!?

The Hinglish the book is written in makes it very endearing…..it is so Indian…..I actually felt kind of patriotic reading the book…..any gora’s reading the book would not understand half the jokes…cause even though it may be in their native language… they are so very Indian!!

I am no cricket fan….but the book is indeed very engaging….It is a nice fat 500 page book….and I think I finished it in one day straight….I wanted to pull it through the weekend at least….but I actually ditched all my Saturday morning plans…cause I just had to know what happens to the next match…does the “Zoya Factor” work…does India win the world cup….does Nikhil actually love Zoya….etc etc etc…

I was quite sad when I came to the end of the book….I wanted more……I loved the world of Zoya…Nikhil Khoda…Hairy (Was Harbhjan she was referring ??)…Zahid…and the other boys of the cricket team…..what happened to their lives after the world cup…Did Nikhil and Zoya get married…Did Zoya’s luck run out….??

Dear Ms Anuja….you can sure write a sequel to the book….it was indeed fun to read….!

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Stay Hungry..Stay Foolish..By Rashmi Bansal

An IIM alumina at  work passed on the link for the review of this book even before it was officially released…and I though it was interesting…I went to Crossword to buy it 2 days after it was released and the book was  out of stock!!

We decide to gift the book to a friend who was moving out of Mumbai…..so I finally got my hands on the book…..but then since it was a gift….I looked at it for 10 mins and then had to give it to the rightful owner….and the book flew to Delhi with him….

I told my office librarian to get it for the library and forgot about it….

Three weeks latter…I see the book in the newly acquired books section…..and I finally finally get to read it….

I am still in the beginning of the book….but I love what I have read so far!

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish is a compilation of stores of 25 IIM graduates who have become successful entrepreneurs…..

Rashmi who is herself an IIM A Graduate divides these entrepreneurs into three

1)      The Believers – The people who took the plunge straight after MBA!

2)      The Opportunists- Did not plan to be entrepreneurs but when opportunity knocked they seized it!

3)      The Alternate Vision- Use entrepreneurship to create a social impact or for creative expression

Interesting classification eh! If I ever  become an entrepreneur….I can only fall in one of the last two categories….It is too late for me to be a Believer!

I have read just one story out of the twenty five yet…but I actually had goose bumps while reading it….Rashmi writes well..you actually feel you are sitting across the table and are in conversation with the man…Some snippets….they book is much better than the snippets…so read it !

I hope to write more snippets as I read more of the book! Till then happy reading and commenting…

 

Snippets : Sanjeev Bikhchandani (PGP’89) : The Man Behind Naukri.com

·         Entrepreneurship was not one of the options for Sanjeev…it was the only one

·         Sanjeev at the age of 12 had more or less decided that he wanted to start a company of his own

·         Sanjeev did not have business in his blood…his father was a doctor with the government job and mother was a housewife!

·         He did not know what internet was and got introduced to the concept of “WWW” for the first time in 1993(wow!…was difficult to believe…)

·         People warned Sajeev that ‘naukri’ sounds very down market….it sounds like nauker..but he went with his gut…and today it is one of his biggest assets!

·         Entrepreneurship  is about dozens of small leaps of faith taken everyday….

·         The secret is that you and your company should be the ’go to ’person for that industry….10cm of editorial coverage is worth 100cc of paid advertisement

·         Naukri.com common sense approach for their sales force ….A sales person costs the company 10,000 bucks….and a mobile phone…conveyance..office space …and use of computer…so if the salesman can recover 25,000 for the company he was productive…so all they did was hire more sales men..and opened more branches

·         Currently the company had a diversified portfolio…jeevansathi.com, 99acres,allcheckdeals,naukrigulf,brijj.com,asknaukri,siksha.com

·         Advice from the Wise

o   If you are starting a business to make money…don’t..cause there WILL be hard times

o   Get great people…sell them the vision..the idea and share the wealth…be generous with the stock.

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