Book Review: Zen Garden- Conversations with pathmakers by Subroto Bagchi

  • ISIN: 978-0-670-08705-1
  • Genre: Non fiction
  • Publishers: Penguin
  • Price: Rs. 499/- (I got this book from the publisher for review)
For the immensely popular column ‘Zen Garden’ which he published in Forbes India for over three years, bestselling author Subroto Bagchi cpoke to some very interesting people. Many, though not all, of the visitors to ‘Zen Garden’ were, like Subroto himself, high-performance entrepreneurs. But the one thing that was common to every guest was that they were pathmakers – rather than choosing to follow the well-trodden path, they had charted new paths that other could tread on.

This book features the very best conversations from ‘Zen Garden’, including those with the Dalai Lama, Sadhguru Jaggi Zasudev, Nandan Nilekani, Aamir Khan, Dr. Devi Shetty, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Ekta Kapoor, social entrepreneur Harish Hande, Sanjeev Bikchandani of, Deep Kalra of, CafĂ© Coffee Day’s V.G. Siddhartha, Vikram Bakshi (the man who brought McDonald’s to India) and India’s top windmaker, Rajeev Samant.

In their own words, these game changers reveal what it was that made them think differently, what gave them the courage to step off the beaten track, and how they sustained their vision in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Behind The book
Source: Goodreads

About the author

Subroto Bagchi is best known for co-founding MindTree in 1999 where he started as the Chief Operating Officer. MindTree is among India’s most admired companies across industries. In 2008, Bagchi took on the role of Gardener at MindTree.

In this new role, Bagchi spends one-on-one time with the Top-100 leaders at MindTree on their ‘personal-professional’ issues to expand leadership capacity and build readiness for taking MindTree into the billion-dollar league. In addition, Bagchi works at the grassroots by making himself available to its 45 Communities of Practice that foster organizational learning, innovation and volunteerism within the organization.

Bagchi has written extensively in leading newspapers and magazines, and spoken at industry platforms and educational institutions the world over. His Businessworld column - Arbor Mentis - and Times of India column - Times of Mind - were widely read and discussed. Many of these are archived at

His first book, The High Performance Entrepreneur was released in 2006 as a Penguin Portfolio publication to great critical acclaim. His second book, Go Kiss the World was released in 2008 as a Penguin Portfolio. Mark Tully hailed it as “a remarkable story of courage, integrity and enterprise”
Me thinks

Inspirations in life come in various forms and this book is one such form. Such amazing collection of stories and that too real life excerpts from people who have always been idealized by each and every person in this world in some form or other.

The book is neatly segregated into various topics like love and competence, innovation, pain, determination, vision, courage etc making it a very easy read a reader and can also sort as per one’s questions or state of mind at that time.

The articles are straight from the heart, they have a lot of wisdom not only in their words but also in between those words which are to be understood for one not only from the heart and the mind as well.

A recommended read for one and all this one is the perfect inspiration we all need at some point or other in life.

Foodie Verdict

This book is like pistachio-rose ice-cream - rare, unique, crunchy and sweet.