Pulak Prasad, founder of Nalanda Capital, is one of the giants of public market investing. Based out of Singapore, Pulak Prasad has built Nalanda into one of the most respected public market investors operating in India, presently overseeing around $5b in assets under management. Now, Pulak is known as much for being super-reclusive as for his track record. So ever since the book was announced, it was keenly awaited by …
‘In-N-Out Burger’: A Book Review
I read a 2009 book by journalist Stacy Perman on cult burger brand In-N-Out Burger. It is an enjoyable read. I shared a brief review of the book + what I found interesting from the book on LinkedIn as an article and Twitter as a tweet thread. I broadly lump what I find interesting into three buckets – car commerce, food tech and finally, franchising as the accompanying …
The Upstarts is Essential Reading for Product Managers
Sunil Khilnani’s ‘The Idea of India’ – A Review
Reading Sunil Khilnani’s Idea of India nearly two decades after its original appearance to considerable acclaim, and nearly fifteen years after I purchased a copy (yes, I have waited that long to read it!) I am struck by
- the insights packed into this slim book (just 200-odd pages)
- the quality of his prose, specifically how artfully he weaves phrases together to create magical sentences, or even a para or two
I Read 28 Books in 2015
Of these 28 books that I read in 2015, three-fourths were non-fiction. The average page-length was 377 pages. Over a third of these were books written in 2015, and all but two were written in the last 7 years.
I know all this, because I have been keeping tracking of the books that I read, rather obsessively for over a decade now. Every year, at the beginning of the year, …
Kashyap Deorah’s ‘The Golden Tap’ – A Review
I first met Kashyap Deorah sometime late ’08 in Gloria Jeans Coffee in Bandra. We were introduced by Sudhir Sitapati, a junior of mine from IIMA, and a then-advisor to Kashyap’s Chaupaati Bazaar. I was then in the Brand Capital division of Times Group, and the conversation likely revolved around our funding model and whether it made sense for Chaupaati to access it (It didn’t).
We lost touch subsequently, though …
Ryan Craig’s ‘College Disrupted’ – a review
University Ventures (UV) is one of the rare creatures of the VC/PE investment universe; a fund that claims to be the “only investment firm focused exclusively on the global higher education sector”. UV has made some interesting investments over the years, riding the current wave of technology-led transformation in one of the most stodgy sections of the economy. Underlying these plays is a strong and well-defined investment philosophy, expressed in …
A Review of ‘Pandeymonium’
Indian advertising is badly in need of well-written books (or memoirs) by industry leaders, sharing their account of the evolution of the industry and sharing insights into advertising & marketing.
Pandeymonium, by Piyush Pandey, is not that book.
It will probably do ok in sales. Piyush Pandey is a well-known figure, possibly the best-known figure in Indian advertising, and there should be enough curiosity about the book to …