Thursday, 12 March 2020

Book Review - Irrationally Passionate by Jason Kothari


Pages  - 243
Price  -  Rs 599/-  for hardcover  , kindle edition – Rs 255/-
Genre – Self Help, Autobiography, Motivational

About the Author - Jason Kothari

                                                  



Born in Hong Kong to middle class Gujarati parents, Jason had a tough childhood that included frequent uprootment   and moving around the globe and facing cultural shocks and racism.


Jason Kothari is a graduate of The Wharton School and has been hailed as a turnaround specialist ever since he saved his childhood favorite Superhero comic book company, Valiant Entertainment, from bankruptcy and gave it a new lease of life, while still being a college student and he later sold it for a whopping $100 million!

Jason proved to the world that his was not a fluke case by repeating his success story with Housing.com, FreeCharge and Snapdeal , all of them  collapsing businesses  that were revived by him.

He soon went on to be one of the top ten highest paid executives in the world while still being in his thirties. Currently, Kothari is on the Board of Directors of  Emaar India, a subsidiary of the company that developed the landmark Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
He now resides in Mumbai, India.

 About The Book - Irrationally Passionate 


This book is a highly intense and personal account of his journey from being a beaten down rebel kid to a widely acclaimed entrepreneur and turnaround specialist.

 The book has simple, easy to understand language, no difficult literary words or heavy quotes here, which sends across the author’s thoughts in a very lucid manner and I think that was intentional on the part of the author. Jason does not try to impress the reader with his Wharton degree or his accomplishments, but makes a sincere effort to share his story with the world and inspires others to chase their dreams. According to him, a lot of his strategy and skills developed not from what he learnt at Wharton but much earlier and from his personal experiences in life.

Autobiographies are tricky business to write when you are a celebrity. People can and do a google search on  you and already know about your story because of which there is no novelty factor in reading that  autobiography .So the trick lies in giving a new perspective or the inside story on the life events that made the man a legend and Jason succeeds at keeping the narrative interesting.
Jason Kothari succeeds in giving us a gritty and raw account of his life, struggles and challenges and how every adversity taught him a life skill and drove him to face his demons even more ferociously. He reveals how rediscovering spirituality through Jainism helped him kick his vices.

I took up this book almost expecting a Slumdog Millionaire kind of a story, but this is not really an unbelievable and magical rag to riches story. 

Jason seems to have far more privileges than what a common person is born with, so that kind of takes away from the stardust. But then again, we all have some disadvantages and some privileges in life and we all get opportunities; it is what we make of them that make us who we are. It is the tough decisions and the ability to take a rejection and bounce back, that makes you a force to reckon with.
Jason makes you believe, that it is important that you have a dream and when you have the dream, you just need to keep fighting and improvising for that dream to become a reality and that never say die attitude really is the key to entrepreneurial success .He succeeds in selling the theory that it pays to be irrationally passionate in life!

A book which will probably inspire many and certainly will be a bestseller.

I rate it a 4.5/5 

25 comments:

  1. How interesting! I was looking for a read on weekend and your review got my interest now.

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    1. I m glad you found a book to curl up with for the weekend !

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  2. This is such an inspiring book. Such real people makes us believe that one should dream big and then just strive hard to achieve that dream with their feet on ground.

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    1. Thank you Alpana,this sure is a very inspirational book derived from the author's real life experiences.

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  3. The books looks good, reading self help books now and then is a good Idea. will try to lay my hands on it soon.

    -Ujjwal Mishra
    http://mywordsmywisdom.com

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    1. On the other hand, it is not so much a self help book but more of a thriller with so many ups and downs in the life of the author and his takings there from.

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  4. I love the title of book and plot also sounds interesting to me. in fact, today I had read 2-3 reviews of same book..seems like a great read. will explore more about it,

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  5. As you said , language is simple and not complex words and quotes are there but fill with motivation.Great!I love to read personal journeys.Thanks for the review.

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    1. Thank you for reading my review and sharing your views.

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  6. Have come across a lot about the book review sure will be checking out as I seriously planning to read one..

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    1. This book is all about how to succeed in your personal and professional space - I am sure you will want to keep it.

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  7. I really love to read this interesting book, seems like easy and amazing read

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    1. Indeed it is amazing , thanks for sharing your views Gurjeet !

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  8. I haven't read a non-fiction book in a while and this one seems like something I'll truly enjoy. Good review!

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    1. Indeed you will truly enjoy because Jason has shared all the turmoils of his personal life and the lessons learnt there from.

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  9. I have read this book and completely agree on your pointers. Yes this book is to admire the story of a boy who with normal childhood took leap in years and understood the nits of the corporate world.

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    1. Yes a middle class boy becoming a turn around guru and it was not an easy journey either.

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  10. You said it right, and I guess t=in this time of social distancing, these books will keep us motivated.

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    1. Indeed good books are a life saver in such situations.Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Heard a lot about the journey of Jason Kothari. Indeed inspiring read for aspoaspi entrepreneurs

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  12. This book by Jason Kothari sounds really good. I like books which give inspiring messages.

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    1. It is definitely a book that inspires but entertains too with its slick real life plot.

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  13. Very interesting! I am sure I am going to enjoy this book. Experiences like this inspire me so much and I am sure there are many lessons to learn too.

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    1. I am so glad that you are inspired to read the book after going through my review.

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