Like other people have said already this book describes the life of a man from a caste that has been unfairly denied opportunities in life through theLike other people have said already this book describes the life of a man from a caste that has been unfairly denied opportunities in life through the mouthpiece of an NRI type-upper middle class-90% of the time English speaking author.
The plot, narration and the pace are all too good and that is the strength of this book. It is also gripping along the lines of Slumdog Millionaire. The only trouble I had was "connection" and that is the trouble I had with Slumdog..too. Does a man from a village, from a caste of the lowest cadre really think or talk like this? It would have helped if there was a liberal dosage of Hindi sprinkled.
However I do not know if this is a valid criticism, i.e, if an English author writes a novel about something happening in India does he have to "tweak" the language so that the dialogues capture exactly what someone in that situation would have said or does he write in a language that targets his readers. Nevertheless the book worked for me....more
This is probably one of Sujatha's earliest novels on Ganesh-Vasanth (I think). Sujatha's strengths are his knowledge, style and his gripping narrationThis is probably one of Sujatha's earliest novels on Ganesh-Vasanth (I think). Sujatha's strengths are his knowledge, style and his gripping narration. To me those are his weaknesses too. Apart from Sreerangathu Kadhaigal, Sujatha in my opinion does not spend enough time on building up the scene, characters, plot or for that matter anything. He is all about brevity perhaps because almost all of his writings were for Tamil magazine monthlies and may be we ("tamils") just don't wait enough to get the plot. Till date this is probably the only grudge I hold against my role model "Vathiyar" that he has not written a Harry Potter or Lord of Rings or Ponniyin Selvan but perhaps he did not SET OUT to write such classics.
This novel is good it is only about 80 pages so it would not even last 30 minutes or so. So just read it. ...more
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Henry Ford has an undying passion, urge to simplify things and is obsessed with quality, minimalism anThis is one of the best books I have ever read. Henry Ford has an undying passion, urge to simplify things and is obsessed with quality, minimalism and ethics, the kind of qualities you look for in a role model. In this super-cool business management book Ford explains how he made commercial motor cars at large scale possible, the humongous challenges he faced and a variety of morons he had to deal with.
Ford's take on ideas are amusing. It is the hallmark of an intelligent man when he says given a good idea to start with, it is better to concentrate on perfecting it than to hunt around for a new idea. One idea at a time is about as much as any one can handle
I truly and clearly believe that men/women are not equal although there are economic/social policies that advocate the opposite. That we have seen these policies failing in various countries is a different debate however there is a passage which states There can be no greater absurdity and no greater disservice to humanity in general than to insist that all men are equal. Most certainly all men are not equal, and any democratic conception which strives to make men equal is only an effort to block progress. Men cannot be of equal service. The men of larger ability are less numerous than the men of smaller ability; it is possible for a mass of the smaller men to pull the larger ones down—but in so doing they pull themselves down. It is the larger men who give the leadership to the community and enable the smaller men to live with less effort.
When Ford entered the Motor Car market most cars were bespoke, made to order like a tailored suit. Needless to say this meant huge costs to the customers, lack of post-sales service and poor customer engagement and satisfaction levels. Ford had a vision and he attacked the motor car market with ferocious passion, by optimising the manufacturing workflow of a motor car, eliminating waste, mastering production processes to bring the cost down to an absolute bare minimum. So cheap that every single common man of America could afford it. It would not be an exaggeration if we say one of the most important factors in America's rise to super power is the transport links and Ford and his motor cars are important elements of this transition. And so he says Making "to order" instead of making in volume is, I suppose, a habit, a tradition, that has descended from the old handicraft days. Ask a hundred people how they want a particular article made. About eighty will not know; they will leave it to you. Fifteen will think that they must say something, while five will really have preferences and reasons. The ninety-five, made up of those who do not know and admit it and the fifteen who do not know but do not admit it, constitute the real market for any product. The five who want something special may or may not be able to pay the price for special work. If they have the price, they can get the work, but they constitute a special and limited market. Of the ninety-five perhaps ten or fifteen will pay a price for quality. Of those remaining, a number will buy solely on price and without regard to quality. Their numbers are thinning with each day.
Throughout the book Ford tackles many topics including addressing disability at the workplace, pay conditions, handling employee unions, placing product and service ahead of profits and economy. It is amazing how all of these are still applicable in the 21st century and how our voracious devouring capitalists need to learn a lot from him. Having also read Steve Jobs biography I can't help but compare that these two man have similar traits, predisposition towards quality and undying passion in what they were working on.
Oh... this book is free of cost so you now have no excuses :)
This book is good. Seth Godin covers emotional labour, being a linchpin and getting out of the "Factory Mentality". He says only about 10 lines aroundThis book is good. Seth Godin covers emotional labour, being a linchpin and getting out of the "Factory Mentality". He says only about 10 lines around the current H1 situation in America and that to me makes a whole load of sense than most of the trolls in the internet around "Is H1 necessary". He explains the difference between Art and Work and I think that is a very important distinction to make. It has definitely made a difference inside me so giving it 5 stars !!!...more
This book is good. Lengthy but good. It painted a gruesome picture of Mumbai but I love this book. This guy should have made this into a fiction becauThis book is good. Lengthy but good. It painted a gruesome picture of Mumbai but I love this book. This guy should have made this into a fiction because the narrative was a bit odd. Nevertheless a great read!...more
This is more of Sunil's story up until 1976, his second West Indies tour. So this is not a "full" auto-biography as he scored a lot of runs in the 80sThis is more of Sunil's story up until 1976, his second West Indies tour. So this is not a "full" auto-biography as he scored a lot of runs in the 80s. Morever this book sounded like a running commentary of some of the matches which you can obviously get in cricinfo but may be when this book was written readers did not have access to archives such as cricinfo. Nevertheless a decent read....more