[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Puktime- The People I Met at the Puk" by Jonathan Paul Nichols, which will be the August 2013 book of the month.]Puk Time – The People I Met at the Puk
is a series of short stories written by Jonathan Nichols – Mr. John, as he's known in the book -, a young entrepreneur from Australia that became an expert in building businesses in developing Asia. He has also published two other books with a wide range of information about Myanmar for foreign investors interested in what this country has to offer.
Through this collection of witty short stories, Mr. John shares with us his experience in Myanmar after the United States announced, in April 2012, the suspension of sanctions against Myanmar. At first this seemed like the perfect opportunity to invest and what had started as a book with tips for entrepreneurs looking for investment opportunities in developing Asia, soon became an account of Myanmar's history and culture and their influence in business making. At times, these seemed to be barriers to any venture but it was essential to understand them in order to succeed.
This book has a lot of great elements that make it a pleasant and entertaining read. The author begins by providing us some information about Myanmar and of what had happened there until April 2012, something that, in my opinion, was really important to contextualize the short stories. Also, for someone who hasn't followed that closely the country's situation this little chapter is perfect to get a better understanding of the most relevant events.
Then there are the short stories. Even though they are quite light and witty, each and every one of them has an important lesson that ends up summing up the whole story and although they seemed quite business oriented and targeted to a specific audience, they were interesting and seemed applicable to other parts of our lives. Also, the writing style is quite enjoyable and the personal and humorous remarks set an appealing tone to the whole account.
I've thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it 4 stars out of 4
. I feel that I've taken a lot from it and I believe it's quite relatable, especially for those majored in business. However, this book offers a lot more than just business advice; it's essentially a story about Myanmar and its people, history and culture but also about Jonathan Nichols' learning experience.
It's an honest account of the tests and torments a foreign investor has to go through in a country that still has a lot to grow and where culture shock can provide entertaining moments. A book that is definitely worth checking out, whether you're looking for an eye opening testimony with great business advice or just a humorous book about real life events.
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