Dear Aditya, Abhishek, Basanta, Chandra, Chandu, Nikhil, Sreeja, Joshua, Joy and Veena and all of you who have visited my blog recently.
Thank you to those of you who have left your thoughts on my Blog. I am sorry that I took a while to acknowledge – what with a daytime job and some travel as well. I am glad all of you liked the essence of “Go Kiss the World”. As early believers, I have the duty to keep you informed about happenings around the book.
First of all, the book sold out 10,000 copies in the first three weeks of its coming out; I am told it is a record for a business book in India. Penguin of course is reprinting it and that gives me a chance to rectify a few mistakes in the first print run. The other heartening news is that a Hindi version is on its way – I just signed the contract and that would take the messages in the book to a much larger audience. I am really looking forward to it. By the way, the Korean rights have also been sold. I am told there is a tremendous interest in India from Korean readers! Imagine a business book designed for young Indian professionals being of interest in far away Korea! But that also tells you that the world indeed is flat and that means so many new opportunities and so many new challenges.
The other day, I was listening to Gopal Srinivasan of TVS Group at a seminar in Chennai by Pegasus, the outbound learning organization. Gopal is a powerful speaker and he was outlining a few key directions for organization builders in the next decade. One of the things he pointed out was the phenomenal rise of the middle-class in the world as a powerful economic force. He said by 2020, 2 billion people in the world will be part of a great new consumptive force. They will join the middle-class. Its impact on society, culture, education, business and politics would be beyond what we can imagine. In the book Go Kiss the World, I have addressed myself to the young Indian professional because I believe that for the first time in the history of India, it is the professional of India who is defining the image of India, what it means to be an Indian. The rise of a global middle-class intersects this phenomenon. Gopal’s thoughts reinforce my belief that Go Kiss the World has indeed been well timed.
Meanwhile, keep spreading the word, keep writing in. Without you, what is the meaning of my existence?
Go, Kiss the World.