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Book Reviews ‘Biographies reveal the untold stories’

‘Biographies reveal the untold stories’

Pune based advisor Abhay Dandekar says biographies motivate and inspire him while Mumbai based advisor Deepali Sen believes philosophical books makes her understand life better.
Darshita Shah Dec 25, 2016

Pune based advisor Abhay Dandekar says biographies motivate and inspire him while Mumbai based advisor Deepali Sen believes philosophical books makes her understand life better.

Abhay Dandekar, Thousand Lights

I’m a voracious reader. I read a wide variety of subjects including finance, human psychology and politics.

My favorite genre is biographies. Biographies are both illuminating and inspiring. Since meeting the famous personalities personally may not be possible, knowing them by reading their biographies help me get deeper insights into their lives.

Since I am fond of classical music, I read an autobiography of legendary Zubin Mehta (Indian conductor of Western classical music). The book’s name is ‘Zubin Mehta: The score of my life’.  In this book, Zubin talks about his musical journey of nearly six decades. I’m inspired by how he sets a goal and accomplishes it. I have learned from him that commitment in any field is very important. I try to apply this in my practice. I tell my clients to stick to their financial goals in order to achieve better results.

Another biography which I would like to mention is ‘The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life’ authored by Alice Schroder. A distinctive part of this book is the minute details it shares about Warren Buffett’s life and his relationship with his partners, CEOs, investors, media and business associates. The author gives a detailed account of how Buffett built his fortune and how he chose to spend it.

Deepali Sen, Srujan Financial Advisers

I read a book ‘Mahabharata’ authored by Ramesh Menon. It is said that nothing exists in the world that cannot be found in the pages of this book. Here are the few teachings from the book that I have put into practice:

  • Focus on finding solutions to problems rather than finding out the root cause of the problem.
  • Half-knowledge of any subject can prove dangerous. Hence, we must take decisions only when we have complete information.
  • Being focused and committed is key to success.
  • You get served what you deserve. I’m a strong believer of ‘karma’.
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