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My Life, My Rules: Stories of 18 Unconventional Careers

My Life, My Rules: Stories of 18 Unconventional Careers

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Language English
Binding Paperback
Publisher Westland
Rahul Akerkar has a Masters in Biochemical Engineering from the US but is better known as a celebrity chef and owner of Mumbais fine dining restaurant, Indigo; Manohar Parikkar went to the prestigious IIT, Bombay but makes headlines as the honorable Chief Minister of Goa; Harsha Bhogle is an alum of IIM Ahmedabad but is a world renowned cricket commentator and Rashmi Uday Singh was once the Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax but is widely known today as Indias famous food critic. These and 14 other fascinating stories feature in this book, My Life, My Rules: Stories of 18 Unconventional Careers, exploding every conventional myth about professional choices of a cross section of people. From a Doctorate in Environmental Toxicology who chose to be a musician: Rahul Ram of the Indian Ocean; an alumnus of IIM Calcutta with a successful corporate life who was inspired to write and became one of Indias bestselling authors with the Shiva Trilogy: Amish Tripathi; to a woman who gave up a highly ... See more
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  1.  Motivating... 24 June, 2013 On
    Read this a couple of months ago. It is about famous (and some not-so-famous but successful) people who were in good, regular jobs but attained name, fame and personal satisfaction from doing what they really wanted, sometimes staking almost everything they had to make their dream come true.
    Interesting factoids pepper the stories. E.g. actor R. Madhavan was an award-winning NCC cadet and a coaching class teacher before joining the film industry.
    Especially worth mentioning are stories of Praveen Tyagi, Ingrid Srinath and Ashish Rajpal.
    A nice, quick read...
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  2.  An inspiring book - My Life My Rules 22 June, 2013 On
    My Life, My Rules is a great book written by Sonia Gulani. It charts the career path of 18 people who took the off beaten path to do what they love. Well it does look like a simple task doesn't it? You just google up a bunch of people, talk to them and write a book? No, it is never that simple. The author has thoroughly researched her subjects and it shows.
    Also, the writing style is lucid and crafty. Where the narrative trails off is that almost all of these people are retiring or retired from their jobs. Still, it is interesting to read their stories.
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  3.  Inspiring book 3 July, 2013 On
    This is collection of 18 successful ppl who choose unconventional careers and proved their mettle in same. I particularly liked the story of R.Madhawan and Amish Tripathi. There is another story of boy from poor family who got seat in IIT and after completion went into training other poor kids instead of joining regular MNC job. It take good heart and strong will to help other...poor or rich really doesn't matter.

    Everybody will find one or other story to which they can relate their own life.
    Overall nice book.
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  4.  It's a good book, but negative experiences could have also been covered. 20 July, 2013 On
    I feel that the book focuses too much on the positive experiences of people who chose (and are successful with their) conventional careers. The author doesn't probe much about their negative experiences/challenges faced. Other than that, this is a good book because it is somewhat comprehensive. The selection and mix of people who were interviewed were from diverse backgrounds. You can hope to get a lot of inspiration from a book like this, but it is definitely not a guide on how to start an unconventional career.
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