Category: Book Review

Dhirubhaism

dhirubhaismI will rate the book as one of the best on work philosophy. The book explains many ground realities about human attitude in a very effective way. The book is simple, crisp, to the point, engrossing and an effective echo of Dhirubhai’s ability to communicate his message in short, clear sentences. The book is written by AG Krishnamurthy and interestingly, its forward is written by Mukesh Ambani, son of Dhirubhai and the present Chairman of Reliance Industries.

Dhirubhaism is an attempt by the author to capture the unique insights that Dhirubhai shared with the author / author have observed during his long association with Dhirubhai. Dhirubhaism, like most other “isms” is a philosophy or an attitude. The author, having closely observed Dhirubhai’s style of functioning has presented 15 of them. They are just simple viewpoints but executing them took courage and as a consequence showed spectacular results. For example – one of the Dhirubhaisms is “Bet on your people“. At the root of it, it entreats the reader to trust the employee to execute a job, after a judicious assessment of his caliber. But the trust that it advocates is that of complete faith and not half measures. Complete faith in the person’s ability to execute a project accommodating his weaknesses, not being ignorant of it. This is the uniqueness of a Dhirubhaism. Stretching the limits of simple truths or rather, living it completely.

In a nutshell, the book reaffirms Dhirubhai’s unique ability to bring out the extraordinary in ordinary folk and his ability to build mammoth projects in seemingly impossible environments. It must be read by everyone, who wants to learn about success mantras of Dhirubhai Ambani.

Many Lives, Many Masters

Many-lives-Many-mastersMany Lives, Many Masters is a great book, very compelling and an unstoppable read. The book is an interesting account of a traditional, conservative psychotherapist (Dr. Brian Weiss), who for the first time came face-to-face with the concept of reincarnation, the space between lives, presence of many Gods (Masters) and many other tenets of Hinduism.

Dr. Weiss discovered that in a trance like state, a person can share experiences from her previous lifetimes. In a series of trance-like states, his patient (Catherine) shared some unique insights into life, death and reincarnation. She remembers, living 86 times in physical state in different places on this earth both as male and female. She extensively recalled the details of each birth – her name, her family, physical appearance, the landscape and how she was killed by stabbing, by drowning, or illness.

The book definitely sheds a new light on life when you think that everybody is here to learn their lessons and that no deed (good or bad) goes unnoticed (Hindu concept of Karma).