Book review: Go Kiss the World

Go Kiss The World: Life Lessons For The Young Professional by Subroto Bagchi is an inspiring account of his journey from a clerk to the founder of MindTree, one of the leading software services and consulting companies in India.

bagchithumbnailSubroto Bagchi was born in Patnagarh, Orissa on May 1957. He is an entrepreneur and a celebrated author. Written two best selling books, lectured at management schools and industry platforms the world over and been featured on PBS, CNBC and BBC World.

go-kiss-the-worldThe book is divided into three parts. First part of the book is about the early years of the author. Describes about his childhood days and his family. In part two of the book you will explore the making of a young professional. Part three is about his life in forties and the founding of MindTree. A detailed account is given about his work with Wipro and its growth from a small firm to what it is today.

Bagchi’s father was a low-level government bureaucrat who moved the family often from one small village to the next in the tribal areas of the state of Orissa. So all his childhood days were spent in the village India. The homes had no electricity, running water and all the living comforts now we have. Detailed accounts are given about his schooling, college days and all childhood memories that everyone wants to cherish.

Bagchi started his professional life as a lower division clerk on 1 November 1976 in the secretariat building in Bhubneswar. He takes you through his professional journey from this very first job that he took up and eventually how he co-founded MindTree in 1999 with a diverse group of 10 people.

The book is full of personal anecdotes and simple words of wisdom. If you are wondering about the title, “Go Kiss the World” are the last words of his blind mother and the author says they became the guiding principle of his life.

This book is a good read for everyone. Especially for the young professionals and entrepreneurs, author has a lot to share. The essential message of the book, Bagchi says, is that “ordinary people can do extraordinary things.”

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2 Comments

  1. Posted October 22, 2008 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Well, it is nice to read the review.I went to crossword and resist from taking this book.

    But now, at least I have a reason to buy this book.Would also put the review on my blog :)

    -Himanshu Sheth

  2. Posted October 25, 2008 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    @Himanshu – Thank you for reading the review and happy that you have found a reason to buy the book. I hope you will enjoy reading the book!

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