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Bringing the Rainbow, by RK Somany [Book Review]

Friday, January 20, 2017 , 0 Comments

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A must read autobiography by a leading businessman from India

A Rainbow to metamorphosis


Circa 1959, A young Marwadi, entrepreneur from Kolkata was attending a family wedding at Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi with his family. He has to suddenly live the wedding festivity and take a business tour to Bahadurgarh. Little did he realised that what he was starting to will become one of the greatest adventures of his life. He while driving his Morris Minor and braving the unruly roads of then Punjab, now Haryana, encountered a "rainbow".

It was a moment of epiphany and the rainbow became a guiding principle in his business, family and life to come.

What was so extraordinaire about that rainbow that changed his life?  What emotions did that one rainbow evoke in the businessperson that helped him deal with his own endeavour to Industrial Revolution and resolving a long-term disputed case?
Well, to answer these questions, you need to read this neatly penned book by legendary businessmen, R K Somany, Chairman and MD of HSIL [Hindware]
Bringing the Rainbow
Bringing the Rainbow is a personal and business autobiography by Mr. RK Somany that also includes his personal recount on his childhood, school life, college and how he built a leading Indian sanitaryware brand Hindware.
What: Autobiography
Publisher: Maven Rupa
Price: Rs. 595 [Hardcover]
Pages: 199

I have got this book last month and am still hooked to it. The chapters are sketched in chronological order and essays a large part of his personal life, how he overcome his fear and how he built his business.
Here’s a glimpse of the chapters inside this book-

My favourite chapters were indeed the first two where he recounts his formative years, education and family relations. His recollections shift seamlessly from the past to present and paints a panoramic view of his life. Being a Marwadi myself, I could relate well to his narration especially about his life at Kolkata, the living structures of those times, the notion of elder brother and his wife who often served as foster mother, and the life at St. Xavier's.
The beauty of the book is narration, its simplicity and the fact that author does not try to abridge his words. In the mellifluous flow of the narrative, he moves from his life to business, throwing a spotlight on the challenges he faced and the way forward.
“We have once-in-an-epoch opportunity to build the India of our dreamsEach of us has to play a small part in it. I have already defined what I have to do. When all that is done, future generations can enjoy their work-life balance” RK Somany
As a Marwadi and a business practitioner, I could so well relate to the book. Especially when talks about dealing with the channel partners, giving sole agencies, Bizzare laws, marketing vitreous China, beat storming to understand competition and more.
The book indeed makes a great read and I totally recommend it. Go grab your copy. [Amazon]
Ekta Khetan
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