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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Cashing big on dreams!


For the first time a book inspired me to blog about it. If you are a person who would not want to spend time in useful reading then this is not the right book. If you are a person who wants to be in a dream world but not ready to have a dream of your own, then again this is not the right kind of book for you. There are so many people with different attitudes which everyone of us have come across but if you want to see a book which has a right attitude then this would be the apt book. Yeah, this is a book which expresses its own attitude in a subtle manner.

The author has mentioned about his personal and professional life with exact mixture very cautiously . It cannot be categorized as an autobiography completely and the book has managed to give a satisfactory read on the management side as well. Nice guide for young entrepreneurs.


The initial chapters deal with precise idea on setting your dream and the possible ways to approach it. The later chapters deal with the obstacles the author faced to realize his dream. The decline in his professional life after reaching the top-most designation in his entire career is very well explained. The way he managed to hit the correct balance between the professional and personal life is more inspiring and challenging. The author without much effort has explained the failures or the unexpected happenings which served as stepping stones that he came across. Many anecdotes make us realize that failures are not just for us but for great industrialists too. It makes us understand that the greatest achievements overshadows the greatest failures at some point in life. A few lines from the book would explain my above statement.

"Deven, I have been listening to heaps of praises about you for over two years. It looks like they were just baloney. I fought for you right up to Jack Welch. Now you have the guts to tell me that you want to quit. Go back and work on a blue print of making YMS sourcing the best global sourcing operation in entire GE and deliver min 8% productivity every year consistently. You have all the qualities in making this happen. I will give you four weeks to come back with your plan."

Apart from all these the author has also thrown some light on the country Japan, Japanese culture, language, tradition and the Japanese community. He has introduced a few words in Japanese along with English translation which makes the read more interesting. A few words that were very impressive which I could not forget are.

"Honne - is what you would actually say, do or feel. Tatemae- is a more logical answer or a view that you say or show to please the other. "




The author has taken great effort to speak his mind and heart with the right proportion. The above image might serve as a supporting fact for the above statement of mine.



Crystal clear facts:
  • Not the most spoken about book ( I was greatly appalled to see that the book had only one reader in a social network for books.)
  • Leisure read and not a book that demands serious attention.
  • 100% satisfactory read.

Author : Mr. Deven Arora
Pages: 162
Price: Rs 150


98 comments:

Raghavan alias Saravanan M said...

Attendance Post :)

Raghavan alias Saravanan M said...

Hmm.. yet another aspect of yours got revealed out! Gr8.. A review on a book.

Thanks for the review. Hope it will be useful to others.

Good luck.

Keep going.

Raghavan alias Saravanan M said...

(i) Thank you for the Japanese words!

(ii) also for the CCFs..

(iii) Hats off to the Author :)

My days(Gops) said...

nalla book ah pathi solli irukeeenga.... sare naaamalum padichi paaarkalam nu google la thedunah, bun' thaaaan kidaichadhu :p..

yaarachum vandhaaaanga, indha book ah vaangi vara solli, padichitu ungalukku en riview ah solluran...

gundumama said...

Good review :) Will try to catch hold this book and read some day :D

BTW an interesting fact to share (may not be aligned to this context, apologize for the same)

None of the Japanese techniques and tools were welcomed by Indians for the reason, Japanese believe in Longterm and transperant relationship, while (most) indians lack a lot. The cultures are entirely different for both countries and need a high effort to align. Surprisingly only 26 companies in the whole 3 Lakhs odd (registered) companies have taken effort to implement Japanese techniques and strategies and only 14 were successful of these.

நாகை சிவா said...

Nammakku samatham illathathu...

Escape......

Badri said...

@ Dear MR.Ponnarasi!!
=))(rolling on the floor)

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Your comments makes one excited about the whole stuff and tempts one to read it.Of particular interest is your words//The author has taken great effort to speak his mind and heart with the right proportion.//This is rarity these days
Tks Princess for a nice write up
TC
CU

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Raghs
Thanku for the attendance :D

//yet another aspect of yours got revealed out! Gr8.. A review on a book.//

Amam very 1st review :)

//also for the CCFs..//

CCF na enna?

Thanku for the nice comments Raghs :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Gops

//sare naaamalum padichi paaarkalam nu google la thedunah, bun' thaaaan kidaichadhu :p..//

Amam :( Ebook kedakala..
Couple of other friends also asked abt it.. But kedakala

//yaarachum vandhaaaanga, indha book ah vaangi vara solli, padichitu ungalukku en riview ah solluran.//

Ok.. :) Waiting :)
Neenga thedunathey am happy

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Gundumama
//Good review :) Will try to catch hold this book and read some day :D//

Ok ok..Understood :))

//The cultures are entirely different for both countries and need a high effort to align. //

I differ in this point. India and Japan has a lot of similarities. This statement might be abstract but there are lot of researches and analysis are made in this aspect and have come to a conclusion that Japan is very close to India socially,culturally and traditionally,linguistically.
I am restraining my self from not talking more about it here since this is inappropriate now :)

//only 26 companies in the whole 3 Lakhs odd (registered) companies //

It might have various other reasons for the above.

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Nagai Siva

//Nammakku samatham illathathu...//


Hahaha.. parava illa :) Vanthathukku nanri :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Badri

//=))(rolling on the floor)//

Paavi.. Whole post'la vera ethuvum therilaya? :P

There is no clue about gender in the email!

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ CU

//Your comments makes one excited about the whole stuff and tempts one to read it.Of particular interest is your words//

I am glad about it :D

Padichittu sollunga if my view is right! :)

The Talkative Man said...

Mail from author??!?!?

You can now mail and ask the author to put your review on the back of the next edition. Nalla popularity kedaikum :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ TTM

Hahaha

Neenga popularity'laye irukeenga :P

Ghost Particle said...

hey! ur first book review...sounds like a good book...will find it.

but isnt this an ultimate stereotype?:
"Deven, I have been listening to heaps of praises about you for over two years. It looks like they were just baloney. I fought for you right up to Jack Welch. Now you have the guts to tell me that you want to quit. Go back and work on a blue print of making YMS sourcing the best global sourcing operation in entire GE and deliver min 8% productivity every year consistently. You have all the qualities in making this happen. I will give you four weeks to come back with your plan."

Raghavan alias Saravanan M said...

CCF - abbrevation of Crystal clear facts! :)

Sudhakar said...

Wow!!!Crystal clear review.I think you have enjoyed reading it.

Anonymous said...

This is the only thing 'reviews' that you didnt blog about and now there comes...

Full of new ventures?? Whats up? Story, now review.. Well this is not a surprise you are voracious reader and this is actually too late..

Pass me the book :)) I will read it!

Vignesh.

Neo said...

Very Good Review. I like such motivating books. Will definetly try to buy that and read. Give a try to books like "Stop worrying and Start living" by Dale Carnegie. He also narrates how many of the achievers have had issues and how they handled things. Its good to read such stories and gives us hope, faith and confidence. Credits to you for giving such information in your blog.

Aparna said...

seems like a book worth checking out...

gundumama said...

http://bp3.blogger.com/_hpi4jSNzPTM/R2iasieTVLI/AAAAAAAAAD4/QfdRChkxhew/s400/fl20060729vka.jpg

Pic of Deven Arora, if you haven't seen him :)

Raj said...

Very Nice review Ponnarasi! :) When I come to India I shall definitely buy this book and read it! Thanks for letting us know about this nice book! :) Also, Iam interested to know what the author shared about the book in his email. I hope its ok if i mailed u at the Yahoo Id and asked for the author's reply (i hope the id u have mentioned in ur profile is still active)?

Ram said...

Try panni paakaren....

Kuttibalu said...

Nice Review.
Sure would read.

"Evvalavo panrom Itha panna mattoma" ;)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ GP

:) Thanku
//but isnt this an ultimate stereotype?://

Hm..May be ... But my point is not that :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Raghs

Hehehehe.. Ok.. thanku! :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Sudhakar

//I think you have enjoyed reading it.//

Yes I did :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Anonymous- Vignesh

//Well this is not a surprise you are voracious reader and this is actually too late..//

May be :))

//Pass me the book :)) I will read it!//

How abt creating id in gmail or blogger?

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Neo
Thanku :)
Have read that book and yeah I enjoyed it as well! Thanks for mentioning though :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Aparna
I felt it that way! :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Gundumama

The book has the pictures of even the next generation of his families :D

Thanku for the link though! :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Raj

//Very Nice review Ponnarasi! :) //

Thanku! :)

//I hope its ok if i mailed u at the Yahoo Id and asked for the author's reply//

Yeah it is active and you can drop in a mail! :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Ram

//Try panni paakaren.//

Hahaha ok :) Please!

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Kuttibalu
//Sure would read.//

I am glad! :)

//"Evvalavo panrom Itha panna mattoma" ;)//

Aaaha..itha vera yaro oru friend kooda sonanga.. Enna ithu?

Vik said...

Ah, sounds like a great book from your review... Will lay my hands on this next time I go around the book store. Actually it has been a while so yea I would be going there sometime ...

Great review...

Kuttibalu said...

ATM nu oru mokkai padam pakkalaya ?

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Vik

:) Thanku! Read and let me know ur views as well! Hows u? Long time....

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Kuttibalu
:D Sorry... Naa mokka padam ellam pakrathu ila :P Athuvum vijay padama.. Hahahaha...

Vasanthan said...

i don read book very often, reading your post i might read this book. it is very cheap also, i wonder if i can get it in the bookshop in Australia. maybe i shall order from India.

sk said...

romba overaa padikkireenga pola ms pk! I m really amazed at you taking efforts to mail th author about it! ;)

have a great time with author! ;)

Lena said...

great review, one of those after which you want to run to bookshop and drag the book :)

SanjaiGandhi said...

Very nice Review pons... now u have increased my interest on this book dear.. inga odyssey la ketu paathen.. kedaikala.. neeye enakku vaangi anupidu.. 150 thana? ithellam unakku oru matter-a? :P
amazon and Google Products la more than Rs.1000 potirukanga.

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Vasanthan

//reading your post i might read this book.//

I am very glad about it :)

You must be able 2 get in Australia..

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ SK

:))

//romba overaa padikkireenga pola ms pk! //

Ithu enna puthusa :P Respect ellam thareenga? :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Lena

//one of those after which you want to run to bookshop and drag the book :)//

Yeah very true! :) Welcome here :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Sanjai
:) Amam.. I got it in a sale for lesser than the actual price :D

pradeepkumar said...

Hmmm ... At first I thought it was written by a Japanese fellow. Anyway should check out the book. I particularly liked the way your email exchange with the author.
Also many people tell their success stories. No one tells about how to stay on top of it or how people come down from their peak.
Good review girl.

Kumar said...

That's a very good review for a first one.

Looks like an offbeat treatment to wellknown scenario.....Hope to pick a copy soon.

Melanie said...

What a lovely review.

Gopalan Ramasubbu said...

Well, Sometimes, when reading a book,I used to think that I should write a review but then I do know that writing a book review is the difficult task(for me atleast) but u have done it with ease...you could have provided more info on the content though :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Pradeepkumar
//No one tells about how to stay on top of it or how people come down from their peak.//

:) Very true!

I am glad u liked it!

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Kumar
//That's a very good review for a first one. //

Thanku :)

//Looks like an offbeat treatment to wellknown scenario.....Hope to pick a copy soon.//

Yeah! :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Melanie

//What a lovely review.//

:) Thanku!

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Gopalan

//Sometimes, when reading a book,I used to think that I should write a review //

:) Give a try sometime.. Eagerly waiting to c

//you could have provided more info on the content though :)//

May be yes :) I will c if i can edit it with what u have said! :)
Thanku for the feedback Gops! :)

Gopalan Ramasubbu said...

//Give a try sometime.. Eagerly waiting to c//

I have already written one..

Checkout this..

http://www.tamilpayani.com/books/?p=6

http://krgopalan.blogspot.com/2007/08/plain-speaking-sudras-story.html

Mystery said...

i have heard about this one...one of my other friends suggested it too...
seri seri..will try to catch this one soon...:)

Alok said...

I was waiting for a new post from u ... I loved the way u started the post ...

Merry christmas mate (and thank for dropping by once (though now it seems a long ago:))

TC

Alok

மங்களூர் சிவா said...

I think it might be another version of
"POWER OF THINKING BIG"
already always roaming on dreams only.

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Gopalan
Great :) thanks for the links :)
Already hav seen this in ur blog :) and also commented :D

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Mystery
:) Oh thats nice!
Read and let me know wt yu feel! :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Alok

//I was waiting for a new post from u ... I loved the way u started the post ... //

Welcome :)
And yeah i guess its been really long..I dont remember :) Sorry!
Will keep in track :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Mangaloor Siva
:) Vaanga!
Oh..ithu enaku theriyathey.. ketathu ila! :)
pakren engayathu!

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Seasons Greetings And Happy New Year
TC
CU

thappanavan said...

Halo thalaivi.... a bit late comment... bcoz i read this a bit late....


Book for young entrepreneurs...? Then i should read it soon before i become entrepreneur or old....


Japanese culture is interesting and i read some books related to those stuff..

smiley said...

Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Known Stranger said...

am glad you are invited by the author. You have all reasons to be happy. enjoy the moment

Vidya said...

Thank you for the pointer! I will definitely read this book!

Vidya

Kuttibalu said...

Indeed it is a good thought provoking book at this closing period of the year. I am charged up for '08. Arigatou gozaimasu.

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ CU

:) Thanku and wish u the same!

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Thappanavan

//Book for young entrepreneurs...? Then i should read it soon before i become entrepreneur or old....//

:) Great!

//Japanese culture is interesting and i read some books related to those stuff..//

:) Let me know those books..Will be eager 2 check them out!

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Smiley
Good to see u here :)
Thanku for the wishes and Happy new year :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Known Stranger

Yeah, Thanku for the wishes! :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Vidya

//Thank you for the pointer! I will definitely read this book!//

:) Let me know what ur view is :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Kuttibalu

//Indeed it is a good thought provoking book at this closing period of the year. I am charged up for '08.//

Wow! :) Does that mean u checkd the book? :)

Kuttibalu said...

Yup picked it from landmark, city center.

dakaltiz said...

mmm.... book padikrathu la vitu romba naa aachu..online link ethaachum irukaa? ... ;) nice review tho...

kanniya said...

i don think i'd wanna comment on the blog after it has has almost close to 80- comments .. mine being the 79th hehe ..... am jobless so what do i do ... i pull the bloggers leg ....

so comming back to the commenting part why do ppl use "crystal clear" when they already know that only 10 % or less crystals are found clear and rid of impurities .... am jus stating the fact which will make the intention of the disclaimer opposite of what its supposed to mean ....

YEP i am bored and enaku vera velai illa and ....i don expect a reply ..... poluthu pola...

PSST ... for the blog owner .... nxt topic plz

Sanity in a world of Insanity is insane~The Insane said...

I have already read a book on Japanese Lifestyle and Philosophy, i was really impressed at their culture - but i have not heard of this one, shall try to get one.

And well, i had to ask one thing, Why did the author had to call you Mr.Ponnarasi... :) :) ???
That was quite funnny :P

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Kuttibalu
Wow.Thats great :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Dakaltiz

Hahaha... Thanku! :) Link ethuvum kedakala :(

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Kanniya

//am jobless so what do i do ... i pull the bloggers leg .... //

Hehehe...I can very well c u r jobless :P

And abt the crystal.. :P anything other than the post will nt b answered :P

//PSST ... for the blog owner .... nxt topic plz//

:D No sarakku!

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Insane

//I have already read a book on Japanese Lifestyle and Philosophy, i was really impressed at their culture //

Thats informative :) Whats the book title? :)

//And well, i had to ask one thing, Why did the author had to call you Mr.Ponnarasi... :) :) ???//

:(( I have not given any idea about the gender in the entire mail :( May be thats a reason.. and apart frm this... Athepdi correct'a athu unga kannula ellam patruthu...cha cha :P

Kuttibalu said...

I have tagged you. check this
Yenn Iniya Puthaandu Vazhthukkal

Ramya said...

Looks like this book is going to find itself a place on your profile ! Nice review, will grab a read when I can! Sounds interesting!!
Happy New Year ! :)

priya said...

Happy New Year PK.

Raghavan alias Saravanan M said...

Wishing you and all your near & dears a Very Hapy New Year Princess!

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Kuttibalu
:D Seekramey eluthuren! :) Thanks for tagging!

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Ramya
Thanku :) Happy new year..
Read and let me know ur views :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Priya
Sweet of u :) Happy new year Priya! :)

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Raghs
:) Nice of u..
Thanku and happy new year!

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Hi

Wish you a very happy new year
TC
CU

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ CU

Happy new year :) Thanku for the wishes!

astute87 said...

HMm... nicely written, may be I should try reading the book!

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Astute

:) Try and let me know what u feel!

Kish said...

So you are reader and critic. Great to know a budding critic. Nice Review.. the effort you put on this shows how interested you are in reading. Much Appreciated. I would like to grab it from the stall.

I do agree with you (in response to gundumama)that both Japan and India has lot of similarities and there could be better co-relation between them. Unfortunately this is also true that the efforts has not been fruitful so far.. may be there are other stronger forces like west which are attracting Indians towards them. One major barrier is the language, it hinders the process of understaning and may be English is one of the main reasons why indians been attracted towards west. I consider Japan(and all east Asian Counties) as a partners in India's History. I believe things has been changed after India became a british Colony.

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

@ Kish
:O How did i miss this comment of urs :)

//may be there are other stronger forces like west which are attracting Indians towards them.//

Well said :) Agreed! This comment can be elaborated into a post :)