I do not think anyone in India, who has heard of the legend Amitabh Bachchan, does not admire him. I for one, do. Not only for what he has achieved in life but also for the way he came back from bankruptcy.
So when I got the chance to read and review the book: Excellence The Amitabh Bachchan Way by Virender Kapoor published by Rupa Publications, I immediately said yes. And am thankful to the producer for sending me a review copy of the same.
What can Amitabh Bachchan’s life teach us in our pursuit of excellence? Everything. Amitabh Bachchan is not just a brilliant actor or the ‘Superstar of the Millennium’. He is an institution in himself—not just for acting but everything that makes a person successful in his life. Most of his virtues—like professionalism, determination, a never-say-die attitude—are traits which one can follow to achieve the ‘Excellence’ everyone aspires for.
Four National Film Awards, 15 Filmfare Awards and 41 nominations hold testimony to his excellence. How does he sail through different phases of life—the good, the bad and the ugly, which in his case are the best, the worst and the horrid—unruffled? How did he manage an unpredictable film career along with a failed business venture and then rose like a phoenix, never to look back again? All this requires unwavering determination, willpower, patience and a disposition to take it all in one’s stride. In this book, educationist and inspirational guru Virender Kapoor analyses each and every trait of Bachchan that is immensely inspiring. Excellence: The Amitabh Bachchan Way not only reveals Big B’s professional ‘secrets’, it also teaches one how to make the best of what we have!
This is one book which talks about Mr Bachchan as a normal human being who follows simple rules to excel in life. The author has analysed his attributes that helped him excel like handling pain and failure; self-discipline; respect for time; appreciating others; panache and grace; integrity and value system; accepting your weakness; philanthropy, empathy and giving back to society; bouncing back after failure and humility and style.
The author has spoken about each trait in details in the chapters giving examples from his life and various incidents involving him. At the end of each chapter, the author mentions as to what the reader can learn from the trait of the legend that he has discussed. He has also decorated the chapters with a lot of quotes.
This is one book which can be read off and on. It has the ability to inspire a person to improve his or her attitude to his daily life thus making him or her a better person.
I for one have decided to work on punctuality, because I feel that should be the easiest to work on.
I hope all the readers of this book also start working on improvising themselves.
A must read for everyone.
DISCLAIMER: I received the book as a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.