Doglapan by Ashneer Grover

Book Blurb

Doglapan is the unfettered story of Ashneer Grover-the favourite and misunderstood poster boy of Start-up India.
Raw, gut-wrenching in its honesty and completely from the heart, this is storytelling at its finest.

A young boy with a ‘refugee’ tag growing up in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar outpaces his circumstances by becoming a rank-holder at the pinnacle of academic excellence in India-IIT Delhi. He goes on to do an MBA from the hallowed halls of IIM Ahmedabad, builds a career as an investment banker at Kotak Investment Banking and AmEx, and is pivotal in the making of two unicorns-Grofers, as CFO, and BharatPe, as co-founder.

As a judge on the popular TV show Shark Tank India, Ashneer becomes a household name even as his life turns upside down. Controversy, media spotlight, garrulous social media chatter descend, making it difficult to distinguish fact from fiction.

Book Review

  • Doglapan: The Hard Truth about Life and Startups is an intriguing memoir by Ashneer Grover, the former co-founder and MD of BharatPe. In this revealing book, Grover fearlessly exposes the highs and lows of his life and career, taking readers on an engaging journey from his humble beginnings as a “refugee” child in Delhi to his remarkable ascent as one of India’s most prosperous entrepreneurs.
  • Grover’s raw and fascinating writing style is one of Doglapan’s distinguishing features. He bares his soul, discussing his difficulties with poverty and business failure and addressing his demons. This candour and vulnerability make the story accessible and authentic, allowing readers to identify with the author deeply.
  • Furthermore, the book provides excellent insights into the startup environment, making it a must-read for anybody considering starting their own business. Grover teaches vital lessons about the need for perseverance and drive while also warning against the dangers of greed and vanity. These insights are based on his experiences, making them more emotional and fascinating.
  • While Doglapan has many advantages, it also has some disadvantages. The book occasionally veers into repetition, rehashing key ideas excessively, which may challenge some readers’ patience. Furthermore, some of Grover’s statements may be viewed with suspicion or contested by competing views. As a result, readers must approach the novel critically, remembering that this is Grover’s point of view.
  • Doglapan by Ashneer Grover is a fascinating and inspiring story that entertains and enlightens its readers. Grover’s inspirational path and constant drive are motivational, especially for young entrepreneurs. However, it is critical to recognise that this is only one side of the tale, and anyone seeking a more thorough and objective account should look elsewhere.
  • To summarise, Doglapan is a well-written biography that gives readers excellent insights into the world of startups. Grover’s open and engaging writing style and inspiring personal experience make for an interesting and thought-provoking read. Nonetheless, readers should be aware of the possibility of recurrence and the need to evaluate some of the author’s statements critically. This book is worth reading if you are interested in the startup sector or Ashneer Grover’s path. However, consider other sources if you want a more fair and impartial account.

Genre: Motivational, Non-Fiction

Age Group: 18+

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– Swapna Peri


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