Vir Sanghvi needs no introduction. He’s the best-known journalist of his generation, ours too and for future generations to come. Food writer, political commentator, editor of many top media houses, talk show host, columnist and author of many bestselling books; he wears so many hats.
His latest book from the Westland stable titled The Game Changers: Transforming India, released recently.
I had the privilege of working with him, on this book and feel it is special for so many reasons. Mostly because it reflects the mood of current India, the new India that is aspirational and transformational, as delineated in the success stories of ten achievers, some privileged, some not, and yet managing to break stereotypes, push boundaries and emerge as winners.
Largely, this is the India that is ready to give everybody a chance, even a boy from the lower middle class who is today the face of Paytm, that revolutionised the country, after PM Narendra Modi’s bullish move for demonetisation. We all know about Paytm. It’s time the masses knew about Vijay Shekhar Sharma too.
So many people frequent Burger King. Not many know it is one of the many, many successful ventures of a company called Everstone Capital headquartered in Singapore, run by an Indian man called Sameer Sain. Now, they will. And his story is just as interesting. Then you have a former journalist turned chef, Asma Khan, who featured in Netflix’s Chef’s Table, a very big honour, like those in the business, will know.
Filmmaker Karan Johar‘s struggles with his own sexuality as he churned out one romantic blockbuster after another is as much a page-turner as the foray of former Infosys guru Nandan Nilekani into politics, newsman Arnab Goswami making news himself and of course other trailblazers like Biocon’s Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, politician Shashi Tharoor, Metropolis Healthcare’s Ameera Shah and maverick genius Chef Gaggan Anand. Most of the stories are unputdownable.
This book doesn’t just talk of their achievements; it talks about how these are the men and women we can look up to, aspire to become or as role models for our children. It is peppered with anecdotes from their work and personal life in the typical conversational style that Vir Sanghvi has, and that makes the reader feel like he has a personal connection with the author.
In the end, this book is the kind of uplifting success story that makes you feel good, motivates you, is worth a buy and absolute value for your money. Read!
The Game Changers: Transforming India
Paperback: Rs 149
Kindle: Rs 156