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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A review - Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots - is a book by Rashmi Bansal (famous of Stay Hungry Stay Foolish and YouthCurry) about 20 entrepreneurs who did not have an MBA and still curved their way in business, and all of them exceptionally creative in their theme of business. A truly inspiring book where there is a dropout from college, a dishwasher and some IIT graduates taking big risks forsaking their seven figure salary are featured. The style of presenting the book is typical of Rashmi Bansal, you know it has to be her if you go through it.

I highly recommend this book, because it is truly inspiring in the sense that it has people you know from different aspects of life who overcame failure and made a mark enriching their own, and more importantly, other's lives. Like the guy who made the popular Tantra t-shirts and the owner and founder of Veta (spoken english tutor). Reading the book is like reading a popular and interesting short story collection, and a non-fiction seems as fiction. But soon, you hit the reality and know these people have really done that and not just you are through a optimistic bollywood movie like A Wednesday.
Have you ever looked up to the sky and instantly fell in love to it ? If you have not, you better do.
It all started, well about 12 years ago, I was reading "Anuradha'r Dekh" - Phanindra Kumar Dev Choudhury. I found a line about the sky and something about "you should have a look at it everyday." So, I came out of my room, and looked at the sky. Okay it is big, but then...what bullshit, I thought. Being a class VI/VII student I was interested in each and every book (Yes, I was kind of a geek, not now, but back then), cricket and Sachin Tendulkar(He was, is and will be my hero). So, naturally I did not feel a thing.

Then I got into the habit of collecting quotations (I was gifted a small, nice notebook by my eldest bro with micky mouse on it, which I preserve till date). And someday, I lay may hands on Anuradhar Dekh, flipped through it and copied some lines from it to my collection. I read my collection now and again, and some quotes I like so much that I read them over and over again and I manage to memorize them. That same thing happen to those specific lines about the sky.
Then I came to NIT Silchar, and a day did not pass without a party. So, as usual, I got drunk, went to the basketball court and slept there. Eventually dew drops had their refrigerating effect, and even if I don't know their COP, I was chilled to the bone and got up at around 6 am in the morning. I fumbled my pocket for a smoke, alas !! So what do I do, I tried to get up but the cold and alcohol did take their toll on me. I lay down again.
And then I saw the sky, it was clear and blue and for the love of God, a hell of a beauty.........
I felt somebody in a sweet voice is speaking calmly and poised, those lines, far far away.........
And I felt nothing for some seconds, the pain, cold, hangover everything was gone and I ran to the field to have a more expanded view of the sky. It was big, very big and... beautiful, and I was just speechless...
And that's how I fell in love with the sky. I still look at it and feel its beauty...

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I am a student [Master of Design - Product Design and Engineering] at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. I completed BTech (Mechanical Engineering) from NIT Silchar. My native place is Sipajhar, a small place with rich cultural heritage, in Assam. I am interested in designing products and systems for a better life. I like to collect quotes, read books,blog and surf net, dance and sing Bihu songs and write poems and articles. I don't like to talk while I am eating. But above all, I want to be happy all the time. Contact me at m2n037[at]gmail[dot]com
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