Feb 08, Samesh rated it it was amazing Finally got to read this book about the rise of Dhirubhai Ambani. Its a pretty small book.. It goes into the darker side of Ambanis dealings the political connections.. This book is banned in India and doesnt seem to be available on international sites as well been searching it for a few months now. Seems the Ambani bros have made sure that not a single copy is available. And what with all the Finally got to read this book about the rise of Dhirubhai Ambani.
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A racy fiction or a true story? Tough to judge from the story. There is not much in the appendix to prove that what it says is truth.
Two things are for sure - 1. An Indian could have never written this. Simply because of the fact that at few places this book becomes more a flight of fantasy which only a foreigner could have cooked up, visualizing the all embracing "jugaad" in context of India.
Ba What was it? Banning this book has given a racy fiction like book a cult status. We Indians, actually have a knack of it. We take a ordinary stuff, stifle it and make legendary by stifling!
As you read the book, many a times their is a feeling of oh! Doubts arise is this the way Business houses needs to be build or should their be an purpose of doing business? I recommend this book to understand how deep routed the link between business houses and law makers in India. How many a times favours are provided and cheap thinking!! The poor remains poor and middle class will always struggle.
The rise of Dhirubhai Ambani, the author has taken deep dive into the building Reliance. The poor remains poor and middle class will always struggle January 1, Santhosh Chikurambotla I have been thinking of reading some non-fiction stuff lately.
The Yemen silver coins business:buying silver currency and melting them to sell as raw silver-just shows the starting signs of the future AMBANI in progresss. His initial rise in Mumbai and the success story of Vimal are all nicely cap I have been thinking of reading some non-fiction stuff lately. His initial rise in Mumbai and the success story of Vimal are all nicely captured by the author. All of these explain what separates Ambani from the rest.
He was such a risk taker but all of it well calculated. His story tells us how important friends and networking are. Until this part, dhirubhai never really had strong opponents. Dhirubhai had faced hell lot. The revealations made by Gurumurthy are truly amazing: numerous ways to get bank loans, tens of companies fictionally created in India and all over the world for different purposes, rule sub-rule concept,,,etc.
That continued with V. After all those politics, everything seems to come back to Business again. Dhitubhai ambitions were racing even further. He now wanted to create a Petro chemicals Plastic Plant and a Nartural gas cracker plant. Both of this needed huge funds. The way he again generated those funds is again truly amazing.
Hamish is very balanced, intelligent and diligent. How Ambani really was will remain a mystery. I guess Hamish had lesser and lesser information to work with towards the end- which is abrupt and rather lame. January 1, Prince Chauhan What an amazing book or precisely to be called as research work by Hamish Macdonalds,a complete compendium to indian market,politics and how things happen in real and are portrayed in media.
A complete analysis of Dhirubhai Ambani along with presenting facts about major politicians,parties,scandals in the market and so more,no one could have written it better than Hamish who had an unbiased approach and filter for the gifts and rewards. Just an amazing read that to open the mind and a way to look What an amazing book or precisely to be called as research work by Hamish Macdonalds,a complete compendium to indian market,politics and how things happen in real and are portrayed in media.
Just an amazing read that to open the mind and a way to look behind the curtain and understand who appears to be at front are puppets,players are behind the curtain!!!!!!! January 1, Chandrashekar This book is a small biography of Dhirubhai Ambani till reliance was set up and then morphs into a story of reliance Ltd, its dizzy peaks and deep troughs.
Calling this a biography would be wrong I feel. He does warn you initially of his inability to source out information from Ambani or his family members despite his best efforts, Thanks in part to the highly controversial life that Dhirubhai led. However it does give you an insight about the times of s and 90 This book is a small biography of Dhirubhai Ambani till reliance was set up and then morphs into a story of reliance Ltd, its dizzy peaks and deep troughs.
However it does give you an insight about the times of s and 90s and how systematically the politics of our country for mixed up with its capitalists and their capital possibly with no way back now. January 1, Prabodh Agarwal The book is an interesting read. Feels more like a thriller, than a biography. If everything in this book is true, then it is extremely revealing.
However, for anyone interested in knowing, how did India grow, this books gives a sneak peek into how industries and governments of the time functioned. One star deducted because the book seemed to need some proofreading and editing, with some obvious mistakes. Excellent read for anyone with an interest in business.
January 1, buy me a book! This was the biggest revealation and the must unlike of a biography that will ever be written. Okay i finished this ten seconds ago and I need to processes the brain explosion, wait January 1, Should read it. It is banned. Makes it all the more alluring. January 1, Full marks for bravery and effort. January 1, The other side of the rise of the largest private enterprise of India.
January 1, The ban on the book was a real curiosity creator. January 1, Pramod Wow that took a long time to complete odd pages. Firstly the book is banned by GOI and the Ambani family has done much to restrict any circulation of copies which almost seem non existent. I got hold of a pdf copy online with numerous typo errors.
The book delves into the business life of Ambani in great detail. The book claims that Dhirubhai Ambani and Co manipulated share price, played the role of really cunning fox at every turn, showed great extent of favoritism to people from Gujarat am Wow that took a long time to complete odd pages.
The book claims that Dhirubhai Ambani and Co manipulated share price, played the role of really cunning fox at every turn, showed great extent of favoritism to people from Gujarat among other criminal frauds. The book also brings to light the connection however brief, with the Mumbai underground and the attempted assassination attempt on Nusli Wadia of Bombay Dyeing.
It would be no surprise if Modi has also been cunningly used by them. Overall, the readability of the book is sub par as there are many financial terms used and a layman can get demotivated from continuing further reading. Overall an average read but still a good view into the public and business life of Dhirubhai Ambani.
So I already knew a lot of facts and stories, that are described at length in the book. But for somebody who is coming fresh, this book is a gold mine! This books shows the practical and dark side of Mr Ambani and how he navigated the tight bureaucratic structure of newly independent India; how he arm twisted it when needed and made the most of present scenarios.
In the face of these limitations, what Mr Ambani does is what makes him truly who he is. I feel this is a very correct portrayal of that man and you ought to read this book for a fuller perspective of him. January 1, Mukesh Kumar Banning something ordinary, indeed gives it an aura of undeserved importance many a times. This book is a prime example of that.
It was such a laborious read, had to skim over so many parts as it is not written compellingly at all. It is crammed with news stories, facts mixed with flights of fantasy to the brim, with hardly any attention to narrative style.
But the biggest put off though was his Banning something ordinary, indeed gives it an aura of undeserved importance many a times. But the biggest put off though was his sympathy for Sangh and Hindutva movement. However, buried amidst all of this, there are some interesting factoids too, which might have been scandalous upon the release of the book. But one has to have a large bowl of salt rady, while reading this. One is left with the feeling that the complex saga of the Ambani empire probably needed a better narration.
January 1, Vinay Aggarwal This is almost a thriller novel with government, corporations, detectives and all dirty things money could do. It does give a glimpse of how Ambani built his empire. Sadly, a lot of details remain unknown. I particularly wish the author should have tried to explain money flow, stock price and profitability a lot more. The writing style frequently goes back and forth in time, making it confusing sometimes. I also found that the book digresses sometimes to unrelated politics and becomes very slow This is almost a thriller novel with government, corporations, detectives and all dirty things money could do.
I also found that the book digresses sometimes to unrelated politics and becomes very slow after January 1, Clivemichael This was a freebee from Goodreads and seems to be an unedited first or second draft. Engaging and informative although experience with money management, law and Indian politics would facilitate a greater understanding of the situations described. January 1, Santanu Great to know the behind the scene story of the Ambanis.
The book does a fair bit in portraying the background in terms of the business environment, political scene and media. Explains many of the Reliances sensational periods very well. It has much less flavour of the personal aspects of Dhirubhai. So it is less of a bio, and more of a documentary on Reliances rise in Indian business scene. Very well done throughout the book with well researched facts, a pinch of dramatisation and anecdotal sto Great to know the behind the scene story of the Ambanis.
Very well done throughout the book with well researched facts, a pinch of dramatisation and anecdotal stories.
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