On June 17, Subroto Bagchi’s Go Kiss the World: Life Lessons for the Young Professional was launched. Bagchi is best known for co-founding MindTree, the IT and R&D services company. Go Kiss the World is an inspirational book aimed at motivating aspiring professionals, particularly from small towns.
According to the author, the time has finally arrived for professionals and they are defining what it means to be an Indian for the first time in the country’s history. Bagchi imparts lessons and values through anecdotes from his life and accounts of his encounters with various personalities. But he insists it is not autobiographical.
“The story of my life is merely the canvas. It is the lessons to be imbibed from it that form the painting,” he asserts. His book contains several references to people with modest beginnings who have achieved success, includinghimself.
The book is divided into three parts. The first is about his childhood: how continuous relocation gave him confidence, the values that a small town upbringing instilled in him and the difference that mentoring made to him. The second segment examines the making of an ambitious professional while the last explores the defining decade of the author’s life: his forties and the self-doubt and tough decisions it brought along. The book is interesting and thought provoking and gets its message across without being too preachy.