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Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  10,226 ratings  ·  339 reviews
The inspiring stories of 25 IIM Ahmedabad graduates who chose the rough road of entrepreneurship. They are diverse in age, in outlook and the industries they made a mark in. But they have one thing in common: they believed in the power of their dreams. This book seeks to inspire young graduates to look beyond placements and salaries. To believe in their dreams.
Paperback, 324 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by ciieindia
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Viral Panchal Its self motivated and inspiring book. read it at least once. How legends faced problems and stood up again and become success in life. This book is…moreIts self motivated and inspiring book. read it at least once. How legends faced problems and stood up again and become success in life. This book is totally positive for me. Enjoy the book.(less)

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Abhishek Singh
Apr 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
To be honest, getting a root canal treatment from dentist is less painful than reading this book. When I first started reading this book, I could not differentiate whether this is a second class major project report created by a desperate engineering student who haphazardly copies anything, everything that he deems related to the field. It's like a boring collection of case studies of brilliant entrepreneurs of India who are the alumnus of IIM A. There is no speck of doubt that these brave peopl ...more
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book was recommended to me by a friend, so I was looking forward to reading it. The content is generally good. It must have been a challenge to hand-pick these 25 people from a sea of achievers in India. My guess is that the author, being an IIM-A graduate herself, must have heard about some of the stories during her tenure at IIM-A. The 25 stories are a decent mix of IT, education, male, female, etc.

But what disappointed me was the sheer number of typos in this book. Man, how they drive m
Jul 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
I wonder how this book became a best seller. It is monotonous and mundane. I liked the idea of sharing successful stories and inspiring people.However, the execution is so poor that I struggled to finish it. Poorly written, it didn't inspire or motivate me at all.

I would never recommend it to anyone.
Aditya Joshi
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Must-Read for all the dreamers and young entrepreneurs in India.

Those small 25 stories inspires you to go straight on the path, whether you are starting from a scratch or managing a second generation enterprise. These twenty five gurus tell how many stumbles they've had on their way, the challenges they faced and the market-falls they saw. Today all of them hold multi-crore empires. Of course, they also had to decide one choice among their family or business.

However there are a few factors wh
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book is very repetitive and quite boring from the second half. You start to predict things and they fall in place.

The collection of business stories style seems to be inspired by Business Adventures, which presented 12 very different stories of both successes and failures. The diversity is the key. Almost all the stories presented here falls into the "middle class boy gets into IIMA, finds a co-founder from campus, struggles for a few years and makes it big" category. There might be interest
Ayushi Nayak
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
All the research and input into writing this book can be felt. This author is one of the best of the newer lot in India. No complains on the language and literature aspect, it felt as if i am actually reading someone who is into writing but as far as the layout of the book is concerned, it was repetitive. And as this book is a collection about different people, nothing can be said about the authenticity of the book. For people who are in a search of some entrepreneurial guidance, this book can i ...more
Vijay Prajapati
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The whole experience of IIM guys was so motivating and inspiring that it totally changed my view of doing business and professionalism.

Currently new book comes of Rashmi Bansal: Connect the Dots -

"CONNECT THE DOTS" is the story of 20 enterprising individuals without an MBA, who started their own ventures. They were driven by the desire to prove themselves. To lead interesting, passionate, meaningful lives. Their stories say one thing loud and clear. You d
Gaurav Dharewal
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is like a Bible for all the dreamers and budding entrepreneurs. This book is for someone who abhors the rat-race and who wants to be at the mercy of none but himself.This is for someone who wants to sit on the driver's seat and lead.It is a beautiful documentation of successful tales of 25 people who believed in their ability, their idea and maneuvered their ship with grit through the rough weather. I don't understand the people rating this book 1.I believe in looking at the brighter side. ...more
Arun Subhash
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Stay Hungry Stay Foolish is an honest attempt to bring forward Indian Entrepreneurs who began their entrepreneurial careers at different stages of their lives. It is writing in a conversational format and the book contains 25 interviews. The language of the books is not exceptional and at times the author has used Hindi (while quoting conversations).

Some stories are truly exceptional, especially of Mr Venkat Krishnan - GiveIndia. GiveIndia is a not for profit organization in India. It is an onl
Abhinav Agrawal
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
The book is essentially an IIM Ahmadabad marketing material. It contains details about indian entrepreneurs and their success stories

The big issue with the book is that its like a mixed vegetable dish in indian restaurant menus. Like the dish wherein fresh and in season veggies are mixed with cheap & old vegetables to complete the look and charge a premium, in the book some excellent examples have been mixed with mediocre success stories just because the person is from the respective IIM. Th
Awdhesh Singh
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
A good and motivating book to read. It talks about the life of 25 IIMA graduates who chose to become 'successful' entrepreneurs. However, the style is quite dull and often you have to drag yourself to complete the chapter. The stories start looking repetitive after a time and you lose interest going into the nitty-gritty of the project implementation. If you interested to motivate yourself to become an entrepreneur and if you from IIM, this book can help you leaving your job to take the risk of ...more
Jay Sutariya
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great book for all aspiring entrepreneurs. A must read for all those people who think that starting a business is kid's stuff. The book gives insight about some famous businessmen, despite being in IIM alumni have to face great challenges for their business and how they overcame that challenge.
Yogiraj Banerji
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a motivation for me. It made me realize that there is no limit unless we impose some on ourselves.
Heena Garg
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Best insights about great IIMA alumni. Everyone does not chase money rather many chase dreams. Some dreams are beyond any common man's imagination.
Totally inspiring book with true successful stories including their hurdles.
What I liked the most are Give Foundation & Basix stories, which changed my entire perspective of living just for profits.
Shubham Kabra
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good collection of stories about IIMA startups. Short & quick read. Two quick feedback
1. The book needs an upgradation with time - All stories end at 2008 and the world has changed a lot after that
2. Stories are about hardcore business, the tech-driven startup has little to learn from references but core phenomenon remains the same - persistence!
Narendran M R
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book in a roadside bookstall, had never heard of this book before, but boy! what a gem it turned out to be. A truly inspiring book, the narrative is fluid, never glossing over unnecessary details, with well grounded takeaway summaries at the end of each chapter. The book will make you impatient to take the plunge if you are the one like me hovering around the fringes of entrepreanourship thoughts constantly :-), the solid practical wisdom that shines through in this book will re ...more
Jun 16, 2011 added it
Well....its inspiring to some extent....but then History is nothing but the winners account of i read it mostly as a 25 business stories just to gain an insight how does a person who has a backup in the form of a IIM A degree take a RISK????

My personal favourites are the story for the Sugar industries, Sintex corporation but the best one is of GIVE INDIA!!!!

I would recommend it to aspiring entrepreneurs who dont have an inkling abt what Entrepreneurship is all about especially the a
Aju Thomas
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've always wanted to an MBA, but I've had my doubts about what to expect if I set out to be an entrepreneur. This book has cleared a lot of ideas I had about being an entrepreneur because it speaks from the experience from 25 passionate people, their success and failures, and the idea that doing your own thing is going to be easy has changed, but the other effect it had on me was that I've never wanted to do anything more than an MBA. This book I think speaks about how to chase your passion and ...more
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
Good read for those who dream big. Some of the great philosophies learnt through this book are (1) You can have short term goals and long term aspirations (not long term goals). Time you devote for former should be more than latter. (2) Take risks. Chose intuition and stand for it no matter whatsoever happens. (3) Give yourself time for everything you do in your life.
Pravin Agarwal
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always loved the title of this book, it is highly motivating and teaches you patience. When everyone is doubtful of your actions you continue with a passion and sheer love of your work. The book is a collection of IIT Alumni stories who go their way to become great entrepreneurs. The book is motivating and thought provoking.
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I lived just a stone's throw away distance from IIM Ahmedabad. For me its very inspiring to know that IIMA had atleast 25 Entrepreneurs, about whom a book has been written! For me its definitely a must read!!
Sep 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
This is a Bad Book. Boring. Not inspirational. I read only one story. It has very Limited value to take away(Almost zero)
Dec 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Nice ... Inspirational book ..The best part I would say is the practical advice that the author doles out for the aspiring entrepreneur after every biography of the IIM-A entrepreneurs featured.
Jun 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Inspirational.. YES
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
A book worth reading.
I enjoyed a few stories.
Muhammad Yunus
Vishal Kale
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first Rashmi Bansal book I am reading, and I have to admit that her writing makes for an interesting read. Stay Hungry Stay Foolish is a very interesting and diverse collection of stories of Entrepreneurs – I wont say Case Studies, as the focus is on the individual rather than the company, the Brand or the strategy employed. And this is just about the only negative I can spot in an otherwise near-flawless book on Business in India. A worthy addition to any regular reader on Business ...more
Vaishnavi Adapa
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brilliant Read. I am a studnet of an IIM, though not IIM A. People used to say that networks are the most important in a corporate career and I never felt that an IIM network would be as useful. So, I could feel good that I am from such a good college.
About the people the author chose to write about, OMG! we have a word we generally use- "God Level". I cannot imagine leaving a job in 15 days after joining a multinational company or give up a lot of things just to listen to my heart over the bra
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed
Stay Hungry Stay Foolish- Rashmi Bansal- IIM Ahmedabad Graduate has written this book after taking interviews of IIM Ahmedabad Graduates in various disciplines about entrepreneurship and converting dream projects in reality on field. All characters in the each story are from middle class background. The Stories are not immediate success stories, conceiving a project, hardwork, initial set backs, arranging for finance, foreign travel and foreign collaboration, finding partners, in some cases serv ...more
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Rashmi Bansal is a writer, entrepreneur and youth expert.She is the author of two bestselling books on entrepreneurship. ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’ features the stories of 25 MBAs who left lucrative jobs to follow the rough road of entrepreneurship. The book created a new record in Indian publishing by selling over 300,000 copies and has been translated into 8 languages.

Rashmi’s second book, ‘Con
“The very act of becoming an entrepreneur is contrarian to middle class values, study hard, get a good job, be happy with secure income and steady salary.” 20 likes
“Logic and reason are the naphthalene balls we use to pack them away into a sandook called 'Someday'. But when that day comes we are too old, too poor, too tired or too lazy.” 8 likes
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