Book Review: 13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck by Ashwin Sanghi. On Educational value, almost in the same league as Shiv Khera’s You can Win or Jeet Aapki.
I ordered Ashwin Sanghi’s new book, his fourth book, the moment I saw it up for preorders. The primary motivation for pre ordering Sanghi’s new book was not based on some reputation, as I have NOT read Ashwin Sanghi before. The motivation for pre ordering came from a quick look at Sanghi the person, his reputation as writer and the reviews for Sanghi’s previous three books; and an intuition that the book will be good, if not great. That apart, what will I happen to lose if I try something new? Rupees 75. Yesterday, around noon, Ashwin Sanghi’s new Book — 13 STEPS TO BLOODY GOOD LUCK was delivered at my doorstep. That too on, Cash on Delivery.
I’m already on the last few pages of the book; and I’m more than glad to find every reason, which made me pre order Ashwin Sanghi’s book , making up in the bloody Good Luck list (I based the buying decision on my Intuition , Calculated Risk Taking and Experimenting New Things).
I will read the final few pages (pages 142 to 148) before going to sleep today. But I’m writing the review now. Don’t worry, the quality of the book was revealed in the first 50 pages itself. The book is brilliant.
Before talking about the Book, here’s a brief introduction of Ashwin Sanghi.
Ashwin Sanghi comes from a Business family. He is an alumni of St. Xavier’s College Mumbai followed by a Master Degree in Business from Yale. Till the age of 36, he was busy running his family businesses. Since then he has written three books, all best sellers, namely The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant. In addition, he co-authored a crime Thriller, Private India along with James Patterson, the World’s highest selling author. He got featured in Forbes List of Top 100 Indian Celebrities. He’s quite popular among Young adults. A fact thrust upon me, when a young lady on Dehradun Post’s writing panel, demanded Private India.
Returning to the book review, the book is great. Why? as it can really teach the reader something. Something about Life. It’s great because it puts Luck , often a much misunderstood topic in a logical manner.
The book begins with an effort to prove the existence of Luck. With many examples from society we live in , Sanghi makes for a case for the existence of Luck. This also means setting apart Luck, from the things placated under superstitions.
After that the book explains the real meaning of Luck and how Luck is not just another word for Hard Work. An argument quite valid, as not all hard working people succeed in their professions, careers and Life. That apart, all the argument which tries to boil down Luck to any one trait such as perseverance, focus etc. is equally untenable as not every persistent or focussed person succeeds. The moment you start reading the book, you realise how wrong we were regarding Luck and how well Sanghi has researched The Luck. According to Sanghi, Luck itself can be segregated into types. Except for a type of luck which takes us clueless, a human being can prepare himself/herself for every other Luck.
The next chapter spanning from page 118-138, explains the 13 Steps to Good Luck. Three of which I already shared with you : Intuition, Taking Calculated Risks and Experimenting New Things. I will not disclose the rest 10 steps, as that will demotivate you not to buy the book, assuming that I have already shared everything one needs to know about becoming Bloody Lucky. You must buy the book.
Even if I list all the 13 steps, that will not be the same as reading the book. As Sanghi has packed much more in the book than a mere List. The book quotes many interesting examples, stories, books, studies and personalities to bring home the point and convince you practice what has been preached. Something, which I can’t do in a 500 word review.
For whom is the Book ?
Since the subject of the book needs higher level of Rationality and logical thinking, hence the book is surely NOT for School going kids. The book is for Young men and women in College or jobs. It’s also for any adult. The parents who want their school going kids learn some Life skills from the book, can read the book themselves and then shared filtered wisdom with the kid (which they deem fit for their child).
Although, the way Ashwin Sanghi has packed the book, there’s no risk of the reader interpreting the word differently, still the book is surely not for school going kids.
My Rating : 5 out 5 Stars
My only issue with the book is the author’s attempt to pack all the wisdom in one big chapter. The chapter Luck harvester spans 118-138 pages. It would have been better if Sanghi had broken the chapter into 13 or 14 chapters.
PS: Ashwin Sanghi is also known as Shawn Haigins. A name formed by jumbling up the alphabets of Ashwin Sanghi. This jumbled up combinations are called anagrams. Adopting names formed by jumbling up name alphabets is a common practice in the West, who find Indian names hard to pronounce. Remember movie Dil Chahta hai, where Aamir Khan calls an Indian gentleman in Aamir’s (Sid) Australian Office as Steve.