Book Review: 13 Steps to Bloody Good Marks by Ashok Rajani, Ashwin Sanghi

13 Steps to Bloody Good Marks Book Review: A good resource for Parents of school going children. Also for College Students and those appearing in competitive exams for higher education or jobs.

When it comes to marks, then Indian middle class parents are very similar to their Chinese counterpart. Just like the Chinese, Indian parents are focused on their child’s marks — The more the Better, the more the merrier. The focus in not unjustified though. Good marks in school, college and competitive examinations may not be a guarantee for the child’s success as an adult, but they surely provide some cushion for future struggles — An assurance which can lessen some worry for the parents. See it this way: A young man or woman with good grades in school and college may struggle to find job in India; but if he/she suddenly inherits Rupees 1 Lakh from his parents, he/she will spend it more wisely. In simple, while good marks are no surety for success, bad marks aren’t either.

Remember: The marks scored in School or College may not be a certificate of wisdom, but it’s easier to trust the wisdom & skills of a person with good marks in school and college.

Thus Indian parents’ insistence on their child’s studies and good marks can be understood.

With this in mind, the first book which I read in 2018 is 13 Steps to Bloody Good Marks by Ashok Rajani and Ashwin Sanghi. The primary motivation for reading the book is my niece who is just like any other fresh teenager. These teenagers act in strange ways. One day they are very obedient, studious and well-meaning. The next day they behave as if they have nothing more to learn. So they need to be constantly lured back to studies and good habits. Although I’m not one of her primary guardians, still I don’t want to be a less than perfect guardian for the child, whenever I have to communicate with her. With I in such a situation, I chose to buy and read the book. Day before yesterday I complete it, and here I’m sharing with you my views about the book.

Book review : 13 Steps to Bloody Good Marks

Looking at the book cover, it appears that among the co-authors, Ashwin Sanghi is the one who has done most of the writing. Actually, Aswin Sanghi seems to have written just the foreword. Going by the style of the writing, it appears that Mr. Sanghi also played a role in packaging and value adding the book. But the actual writing is done by Ashok Rajani. The good marks in school, good marks in college, good marks in competitive exams, marks focused parents, marks focused Indiansintroduction to the author section tells the reader that Ashok Ranjani is a an engineer by education. He joined Andhra Bank as departmental officer in 1978, took the banking exam (CAIIB), completed an MBA(Finance) and went on to teach in the bank’s Staff Training. He speaks five languages and resides in Chennai with his family. He has devoted his life teaching, education, good marks, student productivity and other topics the book covers in useful detail.

13 Steps to Bloody Good Marks can be seen as a resource for a person who wants to secure good marks in exams.

The book is 147 pages long. It’s a quick read and a good reference for any parent or guardian of a school student. I reiterate: It’s a quick read and a good reference for any parent or guardian of a school student.

The book is not meant for a school student. Hence the book is for the parent/guardian. Only those tips, tricks and habits which they want the child to learn, must be imparted by them to the child.

The parental discretion is important here because many tips, tricks and habits shared in the book may help the child secure good marks, but they can also result in decreasing the child’s inherent potential, creativity, cognitive process, way of learning OR if said in simple words: Child’s inherent Genius!

Hence, the book is meant for parents/guardians, who can use their discretion on what to get applied and what not.

The book adequately covers topics such as the need of “Master the Science of Reading”, “Exam time and other time task prioritization” (which task must be done first), “importance of attending Classes and preparing for them in advance” etc.

One of the salient virtues of the book is that it’s not a lazy compilation of tips and tricks. It’s more sort of a self-hep. That’s in order to get good marks, a student has to go for prolonged training, discipline and life-style change. When used by parents, the book can easily show desired results.

Cons of the Book

The methods used in the book sometimes seem too robotic. The methods shared also leave very less time for activities such as Play, TV, gossip, idle time etc. which are equally important for a child’s holistic development.


The book is for parents/guardians of school students. Not everything mentioned in the book can be implemented. Parents must not pressurize a child to implement everything written in the book.

The Book is a Good resource for those who are in college or are appearing for some competitive examination. They can read it and implement whatever they deem fit.

Target Readers:

  1. Parents/Guardians of school going children
  2. College students
  3. Those appearing competitive exams for higher education or jobs

My rating: 4 out 5 stars

Details of the Book

Title: 13 Steps to Bloody Good Marks
Author: Ashok Rajani, Ashwin Sanghi
Publisher: Westland
147 pages, Soft Cover
Price: Rs. 51/-