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Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  8,990 Ratings  ·  295 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
Shraddha
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
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Harleen
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
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
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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 - http://www.infibeam.com/Books/info/ra...

"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
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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
Jaseem
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
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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
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
Harsh
Jun 16, 2011 added it
Well....its inspiring to some extent....but then History is nothing but the winners account of things....so 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
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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
Nithin
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.
Nishant
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!!
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.
Chirag
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)
- STAY AWAY, STAY HAPPY...
Saurabh
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.
Chetna
Jun 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Inspirational.. YES
Anagha
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
A book worth reading.
Manisha
I enjoyed a few stories.
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.
Vibhooti
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Though a late read, I think I could not have comprehended this one as I have, at this stage. This one gives useful insights into the inspiring journeys of 25 entrepreneurs and how they followed an unconventional path (then) and did what they wanted to do. After going through these stories, you get to know the key ingredients of a (successful or not yet successful) entrepreneur. But, can this book make you take the step which you were holding back till now because of various factors, I doubt a li ...more
Sulabh Chokhani
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This book picks up 25 IIM graduates and exemplifies their startup stories from the beginning.
It would be better if Rashmi could include examples from non IIM background also. The hardships they face in raising funds and other such problems.
What I liked about this book was that at the end of each entrepreneur's story, there is an advice for the budding entrepreneurs, which makes them believe that their idea can be successful if the correct path is followed.
Mayank Joshi
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Must read book for people who are thing of becoming entrepreneurs after completing their school of business.

This is a well-structured book with easy language and compact format but after a certain point the read tends to get monotonous. However, it is one of those tell-all reads that can be termed as the “book of facts” on Entrepreneurship.
Nitesh Sakpal
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amazing book to read. Reading journey of various entrepreneurs from various fields is a treat for wanna be entrepreneurs. "Advice to entrepreneurs" at the end of every interview is most amazing thing in the book.
Akshay Anurag
Jun 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Sorry to say but seriously, not a good book. I had great hopes before reading the book, but halfway through the book, it became a drag. I tried very hard, but couldn't persuade myself enough. It feels like a boring report rather than an engaging book. I wouldn't recommend anyone to suffer.
Dhairya Thanawala
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
The book focuses on entrepreneurship and how people from IIMA have achieved it.
It makes you realize that it is never too late to do what you love and you should take up opportunities which come your way.

A nice read for motivation/inspiration.
Manjusha Appari
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i love this book . very engrossing and well collected stories of Indian entrpreneurs .
minita pais
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crisp and to the point

This is a breezy book, doesn't use much jargon , but does deliver the message of what it takes to be an entrepreneur
Suraj Gupta
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Easy reading. Good chronicle of successes closer home. There are many stories of persistence, difficult times and then bouncing back!
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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.

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“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.” 19 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.” 7 likes
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