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Sunday, August 05, 2018

The Mega Successful Bengaluru Book Launch of 'The Autobiography Of A Stock'

Star Studded, Packed House, Informative Debates, Probing Questions, Fun, Excitement, Happiness - that is how I would sum up the Bengaluru Launch Event of our book 'The Autobiography Of A Stock' which got launched on 28th July 2018...Read on...

The Venue
Exquisite, prominent and very well known destination for Book Launches on the Bengaluru map, Atta Galatta (aka AG) at Kormangala, Bangalore. Located in the old heritage location of Koramangala , AG was just the ideal place to get the book going in Bengaluru !




The Book
The Autobiography Of A Stock happens to be my 4th published book. The book was soft launched on 23rd April at Amazon, formally launched in Delhi on 23rd June and then launched in Bangalore now on 28th July. The book is already in the elite club :
1/ Amazon selected this book as "Amazon Best Reads" for June 2018 - a rare feat for a book just 2 months old in the market. Only Top 5 books from every genre get picked as Amazon Best Reads - every month.
2/ Amazon has selected this book as 
"Amazon Best Reads" even for July 2018 - second month in succession - even rarer.
3/ The book already boasts of a 4.9 star rating on Amazon.
4/ It has been consistently ranked among the Top 50 All time Business Books on Amazon.


Read About the Book here
- Go through the story line in less than a minute? - Browse through the AOS Story-line on our Official Website.
- Watch the Video Introduction of the book : Click here

Chief Guests
The launch event was graced with some of the elite leaders from Bengaluru. We happened to have two chief guests on the panel to have a meaningful discussion with the some lovely audience.

Mrs. Renu Rajani
Vice President - Infosys
Dr Renu Rajani leads the IT service delivery for several large Banking and Financial Services Clients globally, managing a large profit center IT Services portfolio. Renu has Over all 28 years of experience in IT Services and Consulting, prior to Infosys, Renu served in key leadership roles at Capgemini, Citibank, IBM, and KPMG. Renu had been amongst the top-10 influencers of Capgemini world-wide on social media. Renu joint-authored Capgemini HP World Quality Report, and has authored several blogs.


Mr. Sumit Jain
Co-founder and CEO , OpenTalk
Sumit holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from IIT Roorkee. 

Sumit started CommonFloor.com in 2008 along with two of his friends. CommonFloor became India's largest real estate portal dedicated to apartments and gated communities. CommonFloor got acquired by Quikr, India's largest cross vertical classified portal in 2016. Sumit is now building Opentalk, a social voice conversation app. Opentalk mission is to unlock the world's latent knowledge through voice conversations. Opentalk has over 500K users from 50+ countries and talking over 2M minutes every month.

The panel
Three of us (myself, Renu and Sumit) formed a discussion panel and Divya Mehrotra (our dashing MC) was firing questions at us - one after another - not giving us any breathing space at all. We loved it, and hopefully the audience loved it too...


Some of the Questions that were debated
I remember some of the questions that Divya fired at us, on behalf of the audience - and we indeed had a very healthy discussion on each of them..
1/ Did your parents talk to u or educate you about stocks?  Were stocks a part of dinner conversation?
2/ 
How was your first experience in Stocks? - Sumit and Renu had some interesting and hilarious answers to these questions.
3/ 
What is your view when the word Stock Market comes to your mind - lot of wealth, risky, disaster, opportunity - what are the first few emotions that come to your mind? And why?
4/ 
Is it money which pulls you towards Stocks, or there are other pull factors too?
5/ 
What do you think is the single biggest factor that leads to people making losses in stocks?
6/ What is the biggest challenge you have before investing, after investing in stocks?
7/ 
Can a common person, who just understands very basics of finance - like many of the audience sitting here, get into stock market with fair amount of surety?
8/ 
Mutual funds also invest in stocks and are driven by so called experts. Don't you think it is safe as well better to invest in the market via mutual funds rather than stocks?
9/ 
With things like big data, AI and advanced analytics do u think it's getting safer and predictable to invest in stocks? Do u think this will increase the risk appetite in people?
10/ 
If you had to share one secret mantra on stocks, what would it be?

Participative Audience
The audience was extremely participative and posed counter questions to the point put forward by the panelists. A happy, healthy debate indeed.





Packed House
The packed house saw healthy debates, and a wonderful interaction. Many children were inspired to become investors from a young age. Many naysayers decided to give the stocks a shot.



The Formal Book Launch
And then, it was a proud moment for me to invite my parent sup on the stage and help the panelists launch the book. The pride on the face of my parents was worth all the pain that I might have gone through while bringing the book to this stage. Years of pain just vanishes in a minute of redemption.








Hope you enjoyed the event blog post as much as we did during the actual hosting at Atta Galatta. Love you all !

Cheers

Manoj Arora
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