Monday, September 12, 2016

Those Immigrants by Scott Haas

Success-stories and mytho-historical-stories are my first choice while picking up a book. I decided to explore other genre and started participating in review-reads. But its a plus when you get your favourite genre for review-read. 'Those Immigrants' by Scott Haas was a compilation of success-stories of 30 Indian in America.

The blurb of the book goes like this:
30 individuals. 1 country. And a zeal to make it to the top. This is the resounding tale of immigrants who journeyed to America and settled for nothing but the best. Stories of hope, belief, dreams, and an indefatigable spirit.
As blurb suggested book indeed shows stories of 30 individual in different domain. Indian have proved their excellency not just in IT but various other domains like Accounting, Law, Economics, Arts, Journalism, Physics, Healthcare, Politics in last 50 years. Author wanted to study how Indians were able to reach the milestone in such short span compared to other immigrant communities.
Instead of focusing too much on IT excellence or Motel-Hotel business, author has explored other domains and found out gems from respective areas.
Few common questions that were asked to each individual during their conversation with Author are:
  • Any particular reason why you came to states.
  • How did you reach to this point? 
  • How did you manage cultural difference?
  • How are you raising your kids with two vastly different culture?
  • What is your advice to new Indians coming to states?
Following these questions, few stories became deep psychological-one while few became to-the point struggle stories. But each story has its own voice. Story tells us how overall positiveness and acceptance of USA has changed their life and way these individuals are supporting both USA and India for better future.

I am great fan of business stories or success stories and that's why I disappointed when I found stories are limited to few psychological questions which author wanted to explore from Indian communities. But overall its an inspiring compilation.

Talking about ratings:
  • Cover - 4 / 5 
  • Concept - 4 / 5 
  • Content - 3 / 5 (Though concept was good but 30 is big number to cover in one book)
  • Language - 4 / 5
  • Overall - 4 / 5
Book can be found at - Amazon  & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads


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