Review of the Billionaire Raj by James Crabtree -useless book skip it.

This book is written for a foreign audience in mind. Most of the stuff in the book is what you can google or go to the news archive and get it.

The author has met a few people like Vijay Mallya, Jindal and Arnab. Besides that there hardly seems to be an in-depth analysis. Most of the things like the Lalit modi scandal or the Nirav modi scandal is from the newspapers.

The modi chapters were the most boring part. Please skip this book. Read ParanjoyGuhaThakurta book Gas wars or Feast of Vultures by Jeby Joseph instead if you want to understand crony capilasim

My experience in Hiring.

Over the last couple of months, I have been hiring people. I remember the words of a techie friend.

I use technology instead of hiring people, as people are very difficult to manage.

I am trying to build a remote team who can work from home. A small team.

I have used mediums like advertisements, social media and WhatsApp. Robots are not yet intelligent enough to do all humans tasks. Below are some of my experience in Hiring.

Word of mouth

I spoke to a few friends who I thought would be helpful. I contacted people who were teaching colleges or principals for interns. Not much came out of it. Why? +Interns+


Interns are a complete waste of time, if you have a small requirement. They will join for 2 months. If you are starting, don’t bother with interns. They are completely raw and you will wasting more energy just coordinating with them.

Advertisement are a waste of time unless you are looking for a very niche skill.

I placed a advertisement immediately. I wanted good amount of choice in the talents. I didn’t want to be shortchanged. The responses I got were from far away places mostly the outskirts of Mumbai. Places like Virar, Vasai, kalyan and Dombivali seems to be where the low paid white collared manpower is available.

There was a issue with fluency in English which was first stumbling block. Then they were way too young. They expected jobs to be places where they can go and work out of.

I have used and internshala(

Social Media Works

I have a good network on social media which I have built over the last 8/10 years. Few take me seriously on social, but I have my admirers.

My best hires came from my personal social media network. of course there was some bloopers also. But your own social network is a good place to look for talents.

These are people who understand you and there is certain level of cultural similarities. The communication is easy with them and they are ready to risk it for you.

There is downside here too.

If for any reason you picked the wrong person. Your relations could get scarred. It has happened to me before. Once very trusted person who I wanted to join as a partner started acting real weird after getting on board. I haven’t talked to him since we parted ways.

People will bluff

Inexperienced people will bluff that they can handle the job. The thing is they are too naive to even understand the profile. Don’t take their word for it. Test them, give them a notice period.

The best thing is to get people who are honest

Judging honesty is difficult. Sometimes you know a person for years still you don’t know if that person is honest. The best judge for honesty is people who are a bit less confident about their abilities. They are always skeptical whether they are the right candidate for the job. But then people are again tricky.

Hire people who can do the work and think also

There are 2 aspects of work. One is actually working, which is a minor aspect. The more difficult aspect is thinking about work. People wake up and do all the things they are meant to do. They think only far enough to safeguard their status quo.

  1. The working part required vitality and good health. Also without peace of mind and support one cannot be very productive. Anyone going through a bad phase in life or stressed because of personal issues, needs to taken care off.
  2. The thinking part is not everybody’s cup of tea. I like people who can have Idea-sex. Idea-sex termed by American author James Altoucher. He says we are now in the idea economy, and ideas are the new currency. I am not sure about the idea economy and no one else besides Altoucher have seconded the idea. But who wouldn’t like someone who comes up with brilliant ideas and can follow it through with solid work. With out follow through, ideas don’t have any strengths.

The story of the Fox and the white rabbit By Mateja Klaric

Our relationships are are biggest teachers. In one of the spiritual classes I attended. The teacher used to often say , that our lover/partner is our biggest master. The lover/wife/partner is in our life to teach us the most valuable life lessons.

Cutting back to this story. The theme of this story is an analogy of this classic problem. Our relationships are so testing. The deeper are our relationships the more they test us. They help us to grow. Either we cop out or stay put.

This story is all about our relationships. Sometimes we feel powerful like the fox and sometimes we feel like the rabbit giving our best and sacrificing ourselves to our lover.

Happy to know there is more to come in the series and would be interested to know how the author navigates from here on.

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Zenda movie review

Amazon Prime
I have been enjoying my amazon prime membership 499/- year by watching movies on Amazon prime videos. Since I hate Bollywood and Hollywood the only genre I can watch is the Marathi movies. (Wish I could also understand other regional languages).


Pardon my maiden attempt at reviewing a movie. Zenda is based on the split of the Sena, where Raj goes out to make his own political party. But the focus is more on how it adversely impacted the followers or karyakarta’s rather than the inside story of the split which is mentioned in passé. The director probably was scared that his film would be banned if he shows either one in bad light.

The theme is how the split disillusioned the Marathi manoos while the newly formed party doesn’t adopt a anti-Muslim-Dalit ethos by including green and blue on its flag. The advice on flag colours it is shown is incidentally given by marketing firm. Also the original Sena loses its past radical ethos and changes to the disillusionment of its followers.


Overall a slick movie, which goes slow towards the end , but thankfully the movie is short enough. Loved the theme song which is hauntingly beautiful. (Embedding the you tube link below)