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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Get To The Top , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Dec 23, Vijai rated it liked it Shelves: preachy. Look, I am the guy who unashamedly asks the waiter at the restaurant to pack the leftovers after a dinner so that I don't have to bother making stuff at home for my pet.
Call me cheap, middle class or stingy but one thing is certain, I will be a very unwelcome guest at Mr. Suhel Seth's house party. For instance, the author has a whole room dedicated to Arun Jaitley a BJP politician for the uninitiated because he is a dear friend and likes to discuss politics and the author doesn't. So, when his Look, I am the guy who unashamedly asks the waiter at the restaurant to pack the leftovers after a dinner so that I don't have to bother making stuff at home for my pet.
So, when his politician friend comes home for a party and likes to discuss politics with someone, he goes to the "Jaitley Room". If that isn't name-dropping, I don't know what is. If your thirst for triviality is not quenched yet, let me assure you, there is copious amounts of it and more in this book. So, there's good stuff, bad stuff and mostly irrelevant stuff in this book. Let me tell you why I emphasized on irrelevant; Parties, according to Mr.
Suhel Seth seem to be the only reason why you would want to have a cordial relationship with your friend's wife at your party. Not for genuine respect for the person, not because she is you know a lady at your house as your guest but for the author's reasoning that she can veto you out of their party guest list.
Who does that kinda shit? The page 3 crowd, that's who. Come on, who are we kidding here? He does now and then in the book give some genuinely good advice and I particularly liked about how he mentions the need to maintain a tradition. I do that with some of my friends. Also, he talks about how to maintain a distance with friends far more powerful in the society outside and that's good as I have some who are way beyond my reach and maintaining my respectful distance has kept those friendships intact.
So, if you are a rich person failing miserably at kitty parties, this book is God's way of telling you how much he loves you. Others can turn to books written for lesser mortals. View all 4 comments. Feb 04, Loy Machedo rated it really liked it.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous are not for everyone. I have seen people literally change their behaviors, preferences, personalities and even their hobbies just to please their new found friends of wealth and success. But I am not comfortable with such chameleons. So when I saw a book authored by an Indian writer endorsed by Vijay Mallya right on the front cover — I had to purchase the book. Now what did I like about the book: 1. The book is beautifully cased and well- Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous are not for everyone.
The book is beautifully cased and well-printed upon. I liked the fact that the points were not compressed and suffocated into every page — and given the part that the main points were summarized after every chapter — it made for interesting read. The content is very interestingly put forth. Quite a number of examples were provided to support the authors points of wisdom. And logic was impressively used very effectively in almost every chapter.
What made the book specifically stand out was the no-holds-barred style of communication present throughout the book. If I had to summarize what the book is about it would simply be this - How to draw people to you, How to make friends, How to Keep Friends but in Rich Category. Now the parts of the book you may not like: 1.
All the examples are Indianish. The author believes one should read almost every book possible, mix with almost every possible person and invite and get invited to almost every socialite party to strengthen your relationship with friends — Now I am not sure what would one accomplish through this setting?
True Friendship? Social Connections? My guess for this diversion is because he comes from a place where people are jobless enough to get enraged with anything that can challenge their beliefs — especially Sex, Religion and Politics. Finally, the biggest drawback of the whole book can be summarized into just this one point — The whole book is about having parties with the rich and successful, how to behave at parties with the rich and successful and what to do and what not to do at parties with the rich and successful.
Moment of Truth Understand this — Seth is a powerful well-connected person. Seth has had the honor of working with personalities like Khushwant Singh and R. He works for Counselage India and is their managing partner. Counselage India is the only marketing consultancy and strategic brand management firm that provides counseling on managing brands to CEOs and chairpersons. So without a doubt he does know what is required to connect with the Rich and Famous. And though I would disagree with the author on many accounts, I would say without a doubt after reading this book, he is a class act.
He is a very focused and disciplined about what he wants. His priorities and his goals are very clear and he will live life on his terms. So, if I was to summarize, I would say simply this — You would either love this guy or hate him and his opinions.
Nothing in between. Overall Rating Purchase the book only if you want to see things in a new light and understand that most of the points mentioned here, may never come in handy unless of course you have many parties and rub shoulders with lots of rich people. Even with all the differences in opinion, I give this book a decent 7 out of 10 PS - If you like Felix Dennis — then I am sure you will like the Indian version of the same specimen. PPS - I honestly wonder why did he take such a cheesy picture of himself to be displayed behind the book?
Loy Machedo loymachedo. May 24, Swetha Chodavarpu rated it really liked it. If you are unaware of Suhel Seth and his reputation Like I was, when I first started reading this book , you are welcome to learn more about him through the book.
There are many truths to be garnered from the book, and some have really resonated with me. I shall mention a few below: 1 Do not Judge.
This seems fairly straightforward, but what Suhel Seth means when he says "Do no judge" is, do not judge based on monetary situations, or their popularity index. But do judge them based on their values. Do their values blend in with yours?
Are they widely different? If so, pay attention to the next important truth that I took from the pages of the book. This is integrated with Self-Development and improvement. Now, if you are an avid reader, you might already be benefiting from this. What it simply means is that, spend enough time learning about everything and anything. Various topics such as fashion, sports, business, movies - irrespective of how you feel about them, do read about them.
Understand the topics so that when you do eventually meet a person, your knowledge across various spectrum can help you forge meaningful friendships. Have opinions, whether they are positive or negative, doesn't matter. Care enough to have an opinion. Now, this may seem weird. At-least it did to me.
Get to the Top: The Ten Rules for Social Success
Pop culture. Suhel Seth explains how to be a social success. You want to be rich, successful and popular. You need to develop yourself, and your friendships. Here are a few thoughts on how to do both.
How to get to the top
I do not read self-help books. I do not subscribe to the theory that life can change by applying rules that worked for someone else. Get to the Top is a book that talks of how to be socially successful. In my opinion it talks of manners per se — a sort of modern day Emily Post-ish document. Get to the Top is divided into four sections, where the ten rules are spread and an appendix which contains tips on how to be a good host, how to be a good guest and the worst social crimes you can commit. The book is direct and straight forward. What I liked about the book was that it is easy to read and at any point does not become boring or preachy.