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MBA at 16! A must read…

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Just completed reading the latest book from Subroto Bagchi, ‘MBA at 16; A Teenager’s Guide To The World Of Business’, Penguin 2012. This is an absolutely path-breaking work! The Gardener pens a very crisp, captivating and insightful piece for the 16-year olds, taking them through the world of business. Like all his earlier works, in this book too, he doesn’t preach, doesn’t load you with information. Contrarily, he ventures into the real world of 31 students, all in their teens; spends months with them, becomes a part of them, and finally comes out with this very simply-written, yet a well-researched work.

All of 157 pages, you would assume that it’s a 3-hour read at best. It could have been, yes. However, once you start reading, you’d not simply pass through the pages. Despite the fact that the book is written in form of a simple story, every page offers learning to 16 years and 32 years old alike! He takes us in the life of a teenager and helps us view business from their eyes. Much contrary to the prevalent opinion that teenagers are only hooked on to MTV, X-Box, dating and masti, the book captures the promise this GenY-minus-10years would bring in the world of business.

I have tutored a lot of students – during my education years and thereafter at some MBA schools while working now. However, I always missed the business-orientation in them. They were simply – students! Somehow, the rat race of Indian education overlooks this factor completely till you don’t enter college. Many lack this orientation even when they enter the ubiquitous & pathetically mushroomed ‘management schools’. Amongst the plethora of text-books, career-counseling books, self-help books, et al, what we lacked was one such work, which takes teens through a real-world of business, in the manner they want to learn. A manner, that brings glint to their eyes, whenever they think of the business-world…

As a 32 year old, I found this book equally useful for me. It made me ponder, introspect; am I equipped with skills and attitude required to manage this generation? Or, to be managed by this generation, one day not very far? I found a lot of questions to answer, many a things to learn.

I am purposely not turning this blog into a proper book-review; I would like the readers to experience first-hand the concept this book offers, without any pre-conceived notions. The reader needs to pick her own takeaway…I would recommend this book to you – if you are 16 years old, if you are entering/passing out of a B-school, if you are 30 and climbing the corporate ladder, if you are parent to a teen and if you are 50 and a CEO – it has a learning for all of us. Certainly, a must read for every high-school teacher, management-school professor and Talent Managers of every learning organization…

I am sure that at the end of the book, you’d also like to thank Subroto, for his appreciation and efforts in the direction of creating a smarter corporate India. I believe all of us share the responsibility.


You can read this review, and many more, on Subroto Bagchi’s website, at:


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  1. Thanks for sharing this piece. I did a recce and didnt find a copy in London bookstores. Please do send a copy here 🙂


    May 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM

  2. Thank you so much for the great endorsement. Your review is very valuable to me and for the success of the book!

    Subroto Bagchi

    Subroto Bagchi

    May 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    • Dear Gardener,
      Thank you for the note. Your writings are really useful for youngsters and veterans alike, and I have been applying many of them in my daily life and work-area. I would highly recommend all your books to everyone who wishes to do well in life and career.


      May 11, 2012 at 11:24 PM

  3. Thanks for sharing this…I will read it for sure..

    Rahul Joshi

    Rahul joshi

    May 13, 2012 at 8:09 PM

  4. Thanks for sharing this Sir …seems very good book . I will surely read it.
    Mohit Gujral

    Mohit Gujral

    May 15, 2012 at 12:54 AM

  5. Hi
    I have linked this post to my blog review as well. Hope you don’t mind.


    May 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    • Pleasure, Lubna. Glad you found the review useful; hope many others benefit from it too.


      May 26, 2012 at 3:20 PM

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