Book Review: Dhanda by Shobha Bondre


I got onto this book after reading the fantastic ‘Rokda‘ from the same publisher. I am in a phase where I am finding contemporary Indian history interesting, which is why I breezed through Shobha Bondre’s ‘Dhanda‘ in two days.

Though I liked the book, it had two major flaws. One, except the Gujarati Mayor character, I had heard of none of the other Gujaratis before. To be frank, I expected Ambani, Adani, et al to feature in the book. Two, unlike Rokda the book was written in first person and the narrative shifted several times from the protagonist to the protagonist’s wife to the protagonist’s son and so on.

Even so, the book was a breezy airport read. What struck me was the almost infinite energy that Gujaratis possess. If half of us did our jobs or businesses with half that passion, we would have books written about us too!

Title: Dhanda: How Gujratis do Business
Author: Shobha Bondre/ Shalaka Walimbe
Publisher/ Imprint: Random House India
Pages: 284
Genre: Non-Fiction/Business
Rating: 3.00 of 5
Reviewed for: Personal Copy

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