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The inspiring story of the Indian woman who became CEO of PepsiCo.

30 review for Indra Nooyi - A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pooja

    It is an inspiring story of an Indian woman who came from a humble background, trading roots and ready to make her dreams come true. Going to Yale University and being part of prestigious companies in US, ultimately she landed as the CEO of PepsiCo. The book talks about her achievements till 2011 and plans for future.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deepika Ghodki

    ~It takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. But if you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.~ Taking a sneak peak into the life of former CEO of PepsiCo was like taking a series of mental notes of qualities that one must inculcate. The importance of having a strong foundation is what caught my eye the most. Indra was trained for greatness right from her childhood, not because she was a genius but because she was taught to dream big and develo ~It takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. But if you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.~ Taking a sneak peak into the life of former CEO of PepsiCo was like taking a series of mental notes of qualities that one must inculcate. The importance of having a strong foundation is what caught my eye the most. Indra was trained for greatness right from her childhood, not because she was a genius but because she was taught to dream big and develop her self confidence. Humility, persistence, giving all you can to a task, quick decision making, etc, etc. - her life is sprinkled with such qualities right from school till her stint as CEO. I didn't quite enjoy the book as there are not many personal insights. It seemed like a collection of interviews. But it certainly coaxed me to look her up in detail and inspired me to borrow few traits from her.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Catherene

    Inspiring story but poor writing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amit Khandelia

    While the book gives little detail about the personal space of Indra Nooyi which a biography is supposed to, it definitely list downs the professional career of Indra. The anecdotes shared in the books are a delight and inspiration to read. The books takes one through the journey of Indra in Pepsico from strategist to CEO and also how she led the acquisition of Fritos, Tropicana and oats from the front to change the image of the company from [fun products - chips, carbonated drinks] to a company While the book gives little detail about the personal space of Indra Nooyi which a biography is supposed to, it definitely list downs the professional career of Indra. The anecdotes shared in the books are a delight and inspiration to read. The books takes one through the journey of Indra in Pepsico from strategist to CEO and also how she led the acquisition of Fritos, Tropicana and oats from the front to change the image of the company from [fun products - chips, carbonated drinks] to a company promoting nutrition. The professional career of Indra is an inspiration for all the youngsters. The way she has managed her professional and personal life keeping the Indian value system intact is phenomenal.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Divya Agarwal

    The book came as a disappointment. though the first few chapters are interesting to read, it drags a lot of corporate language and deals into the chapters. It could be better if she had spared the intricate details of her job. The end chapters feels like a school essay written by high school student rather than an author. I wished it was more about her and not about her career.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Malavika

    Read this for book club. Nooyi's life is interesting but this book is complete garbage and reads like a Wikipedia article Read this for book club. Nooyi's life is interesting but this book is complete garbage and reads like a Wikipedia article

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vikrama Dhiman

    Fantastic You hear stories of women executives rarely. This is a fantastic biography chronicling Indra Nooyi's life. It's factual and not emotional. However, it still does a great job in bringing out the life, growth, challenges and successes that this wonderful lady has had. I look forward to reading her autobiography some day. Fantastic You hear stories of women executives rarely. This is a fantastic biography chronicling Indra Nooyi's life. It's factual and not emotional. However, it still does a great job in bringing out the life, growth, challenges and successes that this wonderful lady has had. I look forward to reading her autobiography some day.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Neha Mishra

    Indra Nooyi is awesome! I enjoyed reading the book because of the subject. The book would give you an overview of her career, along with a collation of her public anecdotes. Someone who has followed her, would not find anything new in the book. It isn’t a deep dive into her motivations or challenges, it just does a brief overview. Oh. And maybe a little too much emphasis on the saree! 😅

  9. 5 out of 5

    Supriya Verma

    In biographies, one looks out for the inside story of the person which helps to shape that person to be what they are today. This book doesn't do justice with that. Starting chapters of the book are interesting as they tell us about childhood and social environment of Nooyi. But that part is just covered in 3-4 chapters, after that the chapters focus on her journey in the corporate world and her shift from primary companies to Pepsico. This book is like an essay or Wikipedia page about Indra Nooyi In biographies, one looks out for the inside story of the person which helps to shape that person to be what they are today. This book doesn't do justice with that. Starting chapters of the book are interesting as they tell us about childhood and social environment of Nooyi. But that part is just covered in 3-4 chapters, after that the chapters focus on her journey in the corporate world and her shift from primary companies to Pepsico. This book is like an essay or Wikipedia page about Indra Nooyi. As per a biography, this book is a disappointment.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Neha Bhuchar

    From a Nooyi fan I am a fan of Indra Nooyi, no matter what ppl say about her .but this book doesn't do justice to any of her roles. Repetitive phrases without too much depth or research. Not recommended to another fan who d have heard her talk on various platforms, as you wouldn't learn anything new. From a Nooyi fan I am a fan of Indra Nooyi, no matter what ppl say about her .but this book doesn't do justice to any of her roles. Repetitive phrases without too much depth or research. Not recommended to another fan who d have heard her talk on various platforms, as you wouldn't learn anything new.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Arti

    The release of Indra Nooyi’s memoir has generated lot of media attention… and intrigued by a couple of interviews on TV news channels, I picked up a copy of this earlier biography - I do hope to read the new memoir when I get a chance - because the biography reads like a sequence of events and definitely loses out on the emotions and the spirit of a personal narrative… that said, it still does a reasonable job of capturing her journey and leaves you wanting to know more… its difficult to say if The release of Indra Nooyi’s memoir has generated lot of media attention… and intrigued by a couple of interviews on TV news channels, I picked up a copy of this earlier biography - I do hope to read the new memoir when I get a chance - because the biography reads like a sequence of events and definitely loses out on the emotions and the spirit of a personal narrative… that said, it still does a reasonable job of capturing her journey and leaves you wanting to know more… its difficult to say if the biography is a true depiction of the person behind the leader, but it does cover all the anecdotes that are being discussed in current interviews… it’s an incredible journey - and one that has definitely touched our lives indirectly - making it that much easier for women of our generation to venture out, to dream big, to find our own paths… it also confirms that its your self-belief, your courage to take unknown paths, your hard work, your passion and perseverance that matters… and shows that if you focus on your goals, are willing to work hard, then your work - almost always - speaks… and most meritorious environments give you opportunities to excel, encourage, to explore… and recognise you. I genuinely believe this — and hence I find it surprising that there is a strong undercurrent of gender bias - while i do not deny that women face challenges and need to prove (more than men) at every stage - i found it strange that of all her achievements, she herself highlights this aspect more than others (as i caught in the media interviews on her memoir) - and puts her success to being amongst the few fortunate ones to have had the support and encouragement from parents, family and mentors… this is a bit odd for me and I can say from my own experience that most of us get the support and encouragement - as along as we stand up for what we believe in, are willing to work for our dreams and focus on results… As a technology geek and the co-founder of a technology startup, I can say that I have never been disadvantaged for being a woman, nor advantaged (and this despite growing up in an era - not too late from hers - and having seen times when I was the only woman in the organisation)!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rashmi Venkatesh

    Indra Nooyi is a very inspiring woman. Her appearances at various talk shows and her talks and writings hold a very motivating place for women or people in general – For us Indians especially, she is a big corporate achievement and a matter of pride personified. There are several pieces of her life that I have picked up online - which are priceless. This drove me into picking up this book. Needless to say, the book is disappointing. It starts off with the usual South Indian set up and the entire ba Indra Nooyi is a very inspiring woman. Her appearances at various talk shows and her talks and writings hold a very motivating place for women or people in general – For us Indians especially, she is a big corporate achievement and a matter of pride personified. There are several pieces of her life that I have picked up online - which are priceless. This drove me into picking up this book. Needless to say, the book is disappointing. It starts off with the usual South Indian set up and the entire backdrop remains the same till the last page. Her corporate achievements have been superficially “mentioned” and leaves no impact on the reader. The narration is not effective. And there is some unnecessary pushing of vocabulary which simply cuts you off in the first go. Take away from the book: The only instance which did make a certain impact for me as a woman is the scene where Indra Nooyi has been promoted and she cant hold her excitement to unfold it to her family. And without being aware of this, her mom engages her in some mundane household chores to remind her that who ever she is or becomes in life she would be the ultimate provider of the domestic necessities at home. But even there the author has simply narrated the incident and not provided her opinion. The book is a big NO for somebody who adores Indra Nooyi – because the book makes you feel is this all she is!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aruna Tv

    Book: Indira Nooyi -A Biography Author- Annapoorna "Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader"- Indira Nooyi ☘️Writing a biography, especially of one of the world's most celebrated CEO is not an easy task. Author Annapoorna has done justice to this book, though in few chapter we might feel like reading Wikipedia. ☘️ From the time I came to know about Indra Nooyi as the first Indian to be the Book: Indira Nooyi -A Biography Author- Annapoorna "Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader"- Indira Nooyi ☘️Writing a biography, especially of one of the world's most celebrated CEO is not an easy task. Author Annapoorna has done justice to this book, though in few chapter we might feel like reading Wikipedia. ☘️ From the time I came to know about Indra Nooyi as the first Indian to be the CEO of PepsiCo, I was interested in reading her biography. The biography is all about her indianness, being came from humble background, middle class family, her journey to yale University, to become CEO of one of the most reputed company, everything explained in detail. ☘️This book won't reveal much about her personal life. Author has focused more on how she struggled for her career growth, the hard work, time management and how she struggled to keep her working environment more inspiring. ☘️ I recommend this book to all genre, who want to know about her career growth, her struggle to reach that place. ☘️"My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future (With a special Epilogue for India) " THIS IS THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF INDIRA NOOYI WHICH IS RELEASING IN SEPTEMBER. I am looking forward to reading her autobiography. Hopefully soon. ☘️ This book is available for free in kindle for prime readers. Check this. You won't get disappointed. Happy reading📖📖

  14. 4 out of 5

    Radha Taori

    What should you have in yourself in order to achieve success? Yes, hardwork, persistence, never to give up attitude and patience.💯 This woman Indra Nooyi with all these qualities became the CEO of the renowned PepsiCo Company. Born in Chennai and coming from a humble background she has always been taught to dream big. Right from her childhood she tried to attain perfection in everything, from studies to extracurriculars. The book gives us an insight into her life and how she handles the various hur What should you have in yourself in order to achieve success? Yes, hardwork, persistence, never to give up attitude and patience.💯 This woman Indra Nooyi with all these qualities became the CEO of the renowned PepsiCo Company. Born in Chennai and coming from a humble background she has always been taught to dream big. Right from her childhood she tried to attain perfection in everything, from studies to extracurriculars. The book gives us an insight into her life and how she handles the various hurdles in it. She went to Yale University and ultimately with the course of time landed as the CEO at PepsiCo. She handled the situation of the Cola-PepsiCo rivalry with her intellects and applying simple techniques by relating with the lives of the consumers. Even after being in foreign states for long periods she does not give up on her culture and carries it with grace. A one time motivational read!💞

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sowmya Sridharamurthy

    Indra Nooyi ranks 11th - Forbes “Most influential women in the world”, the tone of this book so casual that it completely fails at many levels to capture her aura. Biographies are supposed to be motivational awakening zeal in readers. Sadly, this book is just tumbles down. Most part of the book concentrates on Indra's college days and her personality in growing years, and not on how she came up with strategic solutions how she approached the issues etc. Quotes from famous personalities are embedd Indra Nooyi ranks 11th - Forbes “Most influential women in the world”, the tone of this book so casual that it completely fails at many levels to capture her aura. Biographies are supposed to be motivational awakening zeal in readers. Sadly, this book is just tumbles down. Most part of the book concentrates on Indra's college days and her personality in growing years, and not on how she came up with strategic solutions how she approached the issues etc. Quotes from famous personalities are embedded in between the chapters, which is a nice to have in the book. If you are looking for a highly motivational read then I would say this is not the book you should get to. But if you are looking to know a little more about Indra Nooyi and her personality in her growing years then this will do justice for your choice.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nayana Dumbre

    *** Very poorly written story of a magnificent personality ... *** This book does not even begin to do justice to the fantastic icon that Indra Nooyi is. This book reads like an extremely averagely written essay of a school kid from the 70’s. It is unimaginative & boring writing; writing that couldn’t have been more in contrast with the larger than life person that Indra Nooyi is. It’s not even a real book but a mere compilation in print form, of excerpts from various media available over the in *** Very poorly written story of a magnificent personality ... *** This book does not even begin to do justice to the fantastic icon that Indra Nooyi is. This book reads like an extremely averagely written essay of a school kid from the 70’s. It is unimaginative & boring writing; writing that couldn’t have been more in contrast with the larger than life person that Indra Nooyi is. It’s not even a real book but a mere compilation in print form, of excerpts from various media available over the internet in reference with Indra Nooyi. . I had such high hope from this book because I admire Indra Nooyi’s work ethic & what she has accomplished so far. Sadly, this author disappointed me entirely. Verdict - Don’t even bother reading this book. There’s so much more substantial content available about Indra Nooyi on the internet. It’s not worth reading this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Janhavi Laturkar

    The Best is Yet to Come Indra Nooyi’s meteoric rise and success has been documented in several business magazines and journals, but this biography is the first one to address the person behind the image. The book briefly traces her life from childhood spent in the neighborhood on G N Chetty road in Madras to purchasing a house in Poes Colony, the neighbourhood of Chief Minister Jayalalitha. Well it could be said that Indra Nooyi was one of the few who pioneered flying across to the west and settl The Best is Yet to Come Indra Nooyi’s meteoric rise and success has been documented in several business magazines and journals, but this biography is the first one to address the person behind the image. The book briefly traces her life from childhood spent in the neighborhood on G N Chetty road in Madras to purchasing a house in Poes Colony, the neighbourhood of Chief Minister Jayalalitha. Well it could be said that Indra Nooyi was one of the few who pioneered flying across to the west and settling there, and the book conveniently highlights her love for her motherland and her deep connection with the people and ethos of India. Click here to read the full review: https://loadedcheese.blogspot.com

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anjali Vaish

    Rating is 3.5 I am in awe of Indra Nooyi. Have seen more interviews of her than I can count. I believe in every interview I end up learning something that I try to remember and implement in my life. When I came across this book, the level of excitement was super high perhaps that is not the best way to judge a book. Bit of a light reading and definitely shows a side of her that she does not speak about. I would recommend it to every child from middle class (from India or wherever) who whishes to s Rating is 3.5 I am in awe of Indra Nooyi. Have seen more interviews of her than I can count. I believe in every interview I end up learning something that I try to remember and implement in my life. When I came across this book, the level of excitement was super high perhaps that is not the best way to judge a book. Bit of a light reading and definitely shows a side of her that she does not speak about. I would recommend it to every child from middle class (from India or wherever) who whishes to study abroad or is going to study abroad. This perspective will help them in having belief and perhaps helps them in believe in perseverance.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Priya Singh

    This book is hardly a biography. Its more like a character sketch of Indra Nooyi. After reading the book, I knew nothing more about her than what I had read in articles and heard in interviews. Very disappointed. When a woman you can relate with breaks the glass ceiling and you pick up her biography, you expect vivid descriptions of her trials and tribulations, not just as a women but also as an immigrant. What we are given here is her glorification, making it look so much easier than we know it This book is hardly a biography. Its more like a character sketch of Indra Nooyi. After reading the book, I knew nothing more about her than what I had read in articles and heard in interviews. Very disappointed. When a woman you can relate with breaks the glass ceiling and you pick up her biography, you expect vivid descriptions of her trials and tribulations, not just as a women but also as an immigrant. What we are given here is her glorification, making it look so much easier than we know it would have been.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nirvana

    A good sum up of a great leader The book captures the trials and tribulations as well as the upbringing of the PepsiCo chairwoman and CEO. It's a short concise read that covers the main parts of her life and doesn't go into great lengths about her relationship with her siblings,husband or kids. I would have appreciated a bit more on how she balanced motherhood and the demands of her career. There are certainly undertones of strain but has not been delved into. Overall a good read. A good sum up of a great leader The book captures the trials and tribulations as well as the upbringing of the PepsiCo chairwoman and CEO. It's a short concise read that covers the main parts of her life and doesn't go into great lengths about her relationship with her siblings,husband or kids. I would have appreciated a bit more on how she balanced motherhood and the demands of her career. There are certainly undertones of strain but has not been delved into. Overall a good read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mani

    I had very high hopes from this book, I wanted to learn from her journey, how she handled the problems that came in her way, I really wanted to know her. But this biography came as a disappointment, half of the book is about the good work environment of Pepsico, it is more of a book about the company then her. Also there are many unnecessary details about things that are not related to her. Honestly, if you ask me this book is not worth reading, it does not fulfill it's purpose unlike the person I had very high hopes from this book, I wanted to learn from her journey, how she handled the problems that came in her way, I really wanted to know her. But this biography came as a disappointment, half of the book is about the good work environment of Pepsico, it is more of a book about the company then her. Also there are many unnecessary details about things that are not related to her. Honestly, if you ask me this book is not worth reading, it does not fulfill it's purpose unlike the person it is about.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shraddha Amritkar

    The book entails all the struggles that Indra had to go through to make it to the top. I am sure PepsiCo is the company because of which she got all the public attention, but I would have also liked to read about her life before PepsiCo. What was her life at BCG and other jobs that she undertook in pre-PepsiCo era. The transition from IIM grad to Ivy league graduate was also very vague. A detailed description of that would have helped.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nisar

    Motivational book for women who want to achieve greatness in life. Good book to read with full of positivity. It gives a more clearer picture of the struggles and challenges faced by an "Indian Woman" to be one of the worlds business leader. More than struggles, we should say the hardwork, & the willingness to sacrifice family time. Motivational book for women who want to achieve greatness in life. Good book to read with full of positivity. It gives a more clearer picture of the struggles and challenges faced by an "Indian Woman" to be one of the worlds business leader. More than struggles, we should say the hardwork, & the willingness to sacrifice family time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vaishnavi Kaveeshwar

    Indra Nooyi leads a life very inspiring to all of us. However I did not like the way the book depicts that women should always put family first despite wanting something else. The author seems to totally approve of Indra Nooyi's mother's misogynist comments and narrow views about women being wife / mother over everything else which was just too painful to read. Indra Nooyi leads a life very inspiring to all of us. However I did not like the way the book depicts that women should always put family first despite wanting something else. The author seems to totally approve of Indra Nooyi's mother's misogynist comments and narrow views about women being wife / mother over everything else which was just too painful to read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sri Harsha Akula

    A pretty fulfilling job of biography Characteristic traits of one the most well known CEOs of the world have been explained in a good detail. Anyone trying to know more about corporations and how people can influence the masses can be benefitted by reading this book on Indra Nooyi. Good work from the author, Annapoorna.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ekroop Kaur

    Though the book throws ample light on Indra's upbringing and corporate life, it is precise when it comes to strategic side of Indra. More elaborate examples and situations in her life would have served a better corporate guide Though the book throws ample light on Indra's upbringing and corporate life, it is precise when it comes to strategic side of Indra. More elaborate examples and situations in her life would have served a better corporate guide

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    The book has tried to capture all the aspects of Indra Nooyi but fails to capture the heart of the reader. There was a lot of meat out there which could have definitely been presented in a much better writing style.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Soumya

    Continued reading the book with the sole purpose of knowing Indra Nooyi more than a Wiki page, despite the author's narrative seemed biased, strictly personal and excessively dramatic. Wish the book had more of Indra, than the author's creativity. Continued reading the book with the sole purpose of knowing Indra Nooyi more than a Wiki page, despite the author's narrative seemed biased, strictly personal and excessively dramatic. Wish the book had more of Indra, than the author's creativity.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kriti Tiwari

    If you are planning to make ur career in management, this book is a must read, it has small short stories covering every area of her life and you can also feel the transformation of a Tamil brahmin girl who come from a conservative family to a powerful and unstoppable CEO OF PepsiCo.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Achu Aswathi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this book. She is such a strong and influential person. Her hardwork and perseverance made her to reach great heights. She was a great startegist. She made others to follow her decision in a different way rather than saying it. She is a great motivation to me. Am so happy when came to know she hailed from Chennai, as am also from Chennai. Her role model and inspiration was her mother Shantha who helped her to o pursue her dream and to become a successful person in life as a good mother, I loved this book. She is such a strong and influential person. Her hardwork and perseverance made her to reach great heights. She was a great startegist. She made others to follow her decision in a different way rather than saying it. She is a great motivation to me. Am so happy when came to know she hailed from Chennai, as am also from Chennai. Her role model and inspiration was her mother Shantha who helped her to o pursue her dream and to become a successful person in life as a good mother, wife, daughter and CEO. She says lot about PepsiCo in her biography, refranchising restaurant bussiness and adding more good for you products under PepsiCo. There were lot of acquisition during her period as member of PepsiCo. She once said PepsiCo as her child. I think all should read it. This is a great inspiration to women who want to break the glass ceiling.

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