We Had to Struggle Through This One – Leadership: The Gandhi Way

October 24, 2014
Author: Virender Kapoor
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9788129134578
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
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Leadership: The Gandhi Way is a novel by renowned author Virender Kapoor, the title of the book is self-explanatory.  In this book, Kapoor draws lessons from Gandhi’s life and his style of leadership and tells us how we can implement those in our own lives. He explores the parts of Gandhi’s life that may not seem very important to ordinary eyes but could give great lessons.

“He reveals how Gandhi carefully analysed situations before formulating the best way to deal with them. It was thus that he formulated the idea of Satyagraha. He also shows that Gandhi understood the power of emotional appeal, and used sincerity rather than empty rhetoric to maximize on this. In other words, he walked the talk. These and other strategies by Gandhi provide important lessons for leaders of any era, in any capacity. The key, he reveals, is to adapt, rather than adopt, Gandhi’s philosophy in action.”

The book was very thin and if you went by the number of pages, you could easily finish it in one reading. I decided to take the book to college and it bored me more than my lectures. I tried hard, but if I did not have to write a review, I would have left the book in the middle. I understand that there is a lot of time, patience and money put into the making of a book but when I have to write such a review, it genuinely upsets me.

Self-help books are doing wonders in today’s market but apart from this, I don’t know if there was any reason to write such a book. The language is highly repetitive and he mixes his views about different things in different chapters which make the reading experience completely monotonous and irritating. Apart from some anecdotes from Gandhi’s life, there is nothing really interesting in the book. The theme is blurry, the writing style is pathetic and it is a sheer waste of money and paper.

I would NOT recommend this book to anybody. If you really want to change your life, there are many better books out there. This one is just a waste of time and money.

Though the author has written some marvellous books in the past, sadly, this book was a big disappointment.

Oops, looks like this book did not go down well. However, we do have an article by Virender Kapoor about ‘banana bosses’ – maybe that would be more to your liking? Check it out here!

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