Monthly Archives: April 2010

Book Review: Simply Fly by Capt. Gopinath

I got this book along with a set of 4 other books. As I normally do with all new books (or music), I quickly skimmed through a few random pages and decided to settle down with Super Freakonomics. I followed it up the the remaining 3 and finally started reading Simply Fly a couple of days back.

Capt. Gopinath’s story is very engaging. His story reminds me of the Indian soda commercial “Seedhi Baat, No Bakwaas” (Straight talk, no BS). He is the kind of entrepreneur I like. He believes in doing rather than talking.

“Strategy” is the most abused word in the entrepreneurship universe. It’s easy to understand why – the word makes one “sound” intelligent. The more one peppers one’s talk with the word, the more “entrepreneurial” one will come across.

If you are looking for high octane BS and to pick up new business buzzwords to add to the BS toolkit, this book will disappoint. You can probably count on one hand the number of times Capt. Gopinath has used the word “strategy” and other similar intelligent sounding  buzzwords. He went on to build India’s largest private Airlines by doing what made sense to him – not by giving presentations and talking endlessly about strategy.

His mantra is simple – immerse yourself in your work. Talking is not the same as doing. (Are you listening Obama?)

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OUTAAAAAAAAYYYYyyyyyyyy

The suspense is over! Shashi Tharoor is out!

Wonder which pavilion he will walk back to – Kerala or NY?

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It’s confirmed: Shashi Tharoor still stuck in NY

A few months back, I had posed a rhetorical question – Is Shashi Tharoor still stuck in NY? Today Mr. Tharoor himself provided the answer (though it was unnecessary):

“I have quit a UN job with a good salary for the salary of a minister in the government and find it extremely upsetting (that charges have been made),”

So the dude himself has confirmed it today – he IS still stuck in NY.

Wonder when will the suspense end – what will happen first – will he stop tweeting or will he get his knuckles rapped by Madam Soniaji?

Watch this space.

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