The Z Factor: My Journey as the Wrong Man at the Right Time

The Z Factor My Journey as the Wrong Man at the Right Time The pioneer who gate crashed his way to the top Subhash Chandra the promoter of Essel Zee Group is an unlikely mogul Hailing from a small town in Haryana where his family ran grain mills Chandra h

  • Title: The Z Factor: My Journey as the Wrong Man at the Right Time
  • Author: Subhash Chandra Pranjal Sharma
  • ISBN: 9789351773245
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The pioneer who gate crashed his way to the top Subhash Chandra, the promoter of Essel Zee Group, is an unlikely mogul Hailing from a small town in Haryana, where his family ran grain mills, Chandra has been a perennial outsider, repeatedly aiming high and breaking into businesses where he was considered an interloper Starting work as a teen to pay off family debts, ChaThe pioneer who gate crashed his way to the top Subhash Chandra, the promoter of Essel Zee Group, is an unlikely mogul Hailing from a small town in Haryana, where his family ran grain mills, Chandra has been a perennial outsider, repeatedly aiming high and breaking into businesses where he was considered an interloper Starting work as a teen to pay off family debts, Chandra had to rely on bluff, gumption and sheer hard toil to turn things around A little bit of luck and political patronage saw him make a fortune in rice exports to the erstwhile USSR Always a risk taker, Chandra then had the vision of getting into broadcasting early, even as established media players failed to see its potential His Zee TV, India s first private Indian TV channel, changed the rules of the game and tickled the fancy of a public starved of entertainment Several gutsy initiatives followed, though not all of them were successful Chandra s attempts to launch satellite telephony and a cricket league came a cropper But the man continues to reinvent himself he is now also focusing on infrastructure and smart cities This is an unusually candid memoir of a truly desi self made businessman who came to Delhi at age twenty with seventeen rupees in his pocket Today, he has a net worth of 6.3 billion and annual group revenues of about 3 billion.

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    1. EXPLOSIVE! Author has frankly mentioned names of all the politicians/corporate (from congress to BJP) who bullied him , helped him throughout his journey such as Indira Gandhi , Narasimha Rao , Ambani , Arun Jaitley etc.An inspiring journey of a 17 year old boy who decided to turnaround the family business, saving them from bankruptcy to becoming one of the richest people in the country. This is a must read. Worth every penny!

    2. This book is a must read for all Indians. The Author has detailed his journey about Entrepreneurship, hardships faced, and succeeding in new Ventures. This is an absolute Engaging and Inspiring book. Very nicely written. Its such a pity that so less is known about Zee Group.

    3. I found this book quite informative in terms of how business houses worked in India. How a man overcame difficulties of doing business in India and built an empire.

    4. I read the whole book in just two days. It is such an easy and captivating read. Although, at some points, achievements of the business man have been exaggerated but still its inspiring.

    5. "The determination to do more, to learn more, has stayed with me. Somehow, my successes have not stopped me from seeking new challenges." (Subhash Chandra, The Z Factor)Billionaire Subhash Chandra shares the steps from childhood, to small business owner to now the owner of a multi-billion dollar conglomerate.His motivation that he shares often in this book is when his family become steeped in debt and he was on the mission to provide for his family and repay all debts that were owed. He tried hi [...]

    6. Read a book after a long hiatus of about 5 months. This book is an easy read, finished it in about 4 hours!Subhash Chandra makes it seem so easy, feels like I could go start now. (But he started when he was 17 years old!). Nice short read, in some ways emulating the Richard Branson autobiography. Overall, go for this one if Zee TV (Or Essel world or Essel propack) intrigues you

    7. Excellent in-your-face account of Essel and Zee. Amongst the most blunt biographies that I have read in recent times.

    8. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Such an honest feedback of a man who started at the age of 17 when family business was bankrupt and hence the burden came on his shoulders, worked hard to reach and make a business of turnover over INR 60 billion. Always a risk taker and a learning machine, moving into the markets where there is less competition was his style which Michael Porter also advocates. From exporting rice to Russia to setting up India`s first private TV channel, he adopted same philosophy [...]

    9. Really impressed!An extraordinarily candid saga of a self made man. I have started respecting Subhash Chandra for his courage to speak out and tell the inconvenient truth upfront, without mincing words. The book is simply unputdownable!

    10. Glad that I purchased and read this book. The style was lucid and simple. Read this entire book in two sittings.

    11. I got this book as a free giveaway.Inspirational, enigmatic and very professional, in a good way. Crisp story-telling, eye-opening content and a lovely read.

    12. There is no defeat or failure unless you have accepted it Hats off to the guts and gumption in making decisions. Brilliant read

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