Friday, 4 July 2008

Book Review - Go Kiss the world

"Go Kiss the World" is a book by Subroto Bagchi, co-founder of Mindtree . It was released on 17th June '08. His speech to the class of 2006 at IIM Bangalore where he spoke about this guiding principles of life had given him the idea to share it with with a much larger audience through this book. "Go Kiss the World" talks about Bagchi's journey of life starting from his modest childhood days to the successful leader as the world sees his today. Bagchi says" This book is not an autobiography, but my learnings and experiences in life .Thay are like a plain canvas ,it is the what you gain from the book and use them in life whenever necessary is the painting you make on the canvas"

It is a very interesting and an inspiring read. It is one of those books which you can never keep aside until you've completley read it. The book is aimed at young professionals from small-town India, but I would recommend this book to everyone in all age groups. Especially to those considering Entrepreneurship as their career option. the book is divided into three parts.

The first one talks about his early childhood days , the second part about his beginning phase of his career and the last one about his association with Wipro , the birth of Mindtree and his latest designation "The Gardener". It shows how from modest beginnings he has gone to co-found one of India's most admired software services company. All three parts are equally interesting, but I personally like the first and the third part better.

"Go Kiss the World" is Subroto Bagchi's blind mother's last words to him, which turned on to become his life's guiding principle.

Subroto Bagchi is also the author of "The High performance Entrepreneur", I haven't read the book as yet. If you've given it a read, I would like to hear your views about it.

P.S. I have started my Singapore series "Tales from Singapore", your virtual visa to the lion city at Shalini's travelogue. Have a look at it and let me know your views :)


Anju said...

hey! how have you been? good reviews you have here...
oh and I like the SRM photos - it's changed so much since I first saw it. I did a college tour once upon a time. :p

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


I'm doing great. Thanks!
How you doin'? Yeah, SRM has changed a lot even in the last couple of years.i.e from the time I joined the college too :)

Vasanthan said...

seems like a really good book. i should get it for my brother.
i'll ask him to read it.

My family will laugh their heads off if they see me reading a book.

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


That's a good brother. But, I would suggest you to give it a read as well. Jus' prove your family wrong :)

Navin Ck said...

nice review.. the author would feel so good to know bout such a quality reader for his book..

The inspiration for naming the book was such a sweet idea by the author to dedicate such a great thing to his mom..

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Thank you so much! :)I am personally amused myself of his mother who actually said "Go kiss the world" when she was strugling for life. Hats off to the mom - son duo :)

Himanshu Sheth said...

Hi Shalini,
I was searching for a review of the book and I found somethings here.Just a small request,it would be great, if you could just write something more on the book like a few notable chapters, few learnings etc.

Would await your reply.

-Himanshu Sheth

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Thanks for your views, I would certainly come up with the some of the best things that I consider about the book soon :)

jay-adhikari said...

Hi Shalini,
I do agree with you. Currently I am reading this book, and it is really good. Specially I liked the third part, starting with Midlife Crisis. Though I am only in my 20's but I still feel connected with that part very mush. This may be for the reason, from the very early years I have started to search the true purpose of my life...oops..sounding too serious.
anyways...keep up the good work.
And I think I'll add you in my blogger friend network.


Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Thank you so much!! It is a very good read for people of all ages to actually understand life. One of my favourite book :)

rak said...

Thanks for the nice review I was thinking to read the book, but now I will surely read it.

Random thoughts... said...

very useful review.Was wonderin whether to buy the book or not.Now its clear :)

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