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Book Review ~ The Mouse Charmers by Anuradha Goyal

The Mouse Charmers: Digital Pioneers of India

Anuradha Goyal

Before I started reading Anuradha Goyal’s “The Mouse Charmer: Digital Pioneers of India”, I went through some of the reviews that were already up on the internet. One reviewer suggested to  keep a pencil in hand as the books contains lot of information. I followed the advise, but by the time I finished reading the book, I had landed up underlining almost the entire book!!!!

The Mouse Charmers (Google Image)

The Mouse Charmers (Google Image)

Anuradha’s Mouse Charmer is not just a bag full of information on the digital pioneers, but the story of India’s successful digital entrepreneurs put together in the most systematic and innovative way.

Anuradha, herself a pioneering blogger from India and successfully running three blogs for over a decade, covering diversified areas like travel, innovation and book reviews. In her book she shares the behind the scenes stories of successful digital enterprises like Flipkart, Zomato, Make My Trip, Indibloggers, etc.

Today, the urban Indian is well aware of the digital business and ordering things via the Flipkart or glancing through the menu in Zomato has been a daily routine for the netizens of India.

Only a few bother to think about the secret behind these successful online brands, this is where Anuradha’s, The Mouse Charmers, comes in. The story of successful people harnessing the power of the mouse and turning the ancient land of snake charmers to the modern land of mouse charmers.

Anuradha covered 12 digital entrepreneurs classifying them under 3 broad categories of Commerce, Content and Connectors, with 4 enterprises featuring in each.

In each case, there has been detailed discussion about the business plan and the technology platform used, but Anuradha, with her natural flair of English, has kept the discussion simple and avoided use of business and technical jargons as far as possible, thus making the book reader friendly.

Anuradha Goyal

Anuradha Goyal

The business model clearly describes the revenue model and usually contains a time line showing the enterprises growth. The business model also describes the strategies the company adopted in making the initial market penetration, but also in their long time survival and growth.

The book deals with adoptive measures like Cash on Delivery (CoD) model of Flipkart and Big Basket, the freemium (Free + Premium) model of Shaadi and the Studio, Network, Application and Portal (SNAP) model of Games 2 Win.

For the commerce section, Anuradha has discussed the huge logistic involved in the delivery of bulk products for Flipkart, highly perishable products of Big Basket to the highly expensive products of Carat Lane. In the content section, Anuradha mentions about the intricate network of Zomato’s menu upgradation system. In the connector section, the author discusses the steps taken by Shaadi to stop fake profiles.

The book also deals with the offline activities of the digital entrepreneurs, including stores of Make My Trip and showrooms of Carat Lane. The Carat Lane showrooms, are showrooms in the literally sense, as customer can only see and try out the product but buying still remains online.

The book contains a series of interesting statistical tables and screen shots. However, some of the screen shots are too small and are not quiet visible. But the debut novel by Anuradha, forwarded by none other than Sam Pitroda, is a must read not only for aspiring mouse charmers but every netizen, who look beyond their daily net usage.

  1. July 3, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    That’s a comprehensive review..think should go for this book..

    • July 16, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Thanks, Mouse Charmer is a must read!!!

  2. Anita
    July 15, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    This one is on my list as it has info about FK & IB – two of my favorites 🙂
    Nice review. Business models should be interesting…

    • July 16, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Thanks Anita, FK is almost a part of our daily lives!!! and for Indian bloggers IB is a must, but Anuradha has highlighted on e – business we hardly use or even heard off.

      The business models are lucidly explained and a must read for every netizen.

  3. July 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Sounds like a very interesting and informative book…

    • July 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      Indeed Anuradha’s Mouse Charmer is informative as well interesting.

  4. July 16, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Very analytical and comprehensive review. I follow Anuradha Goyal’s blog. I agree with most of your observations.

    • July 16, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      Yes Mouse Charmer is very analytic and comprehensive, and Anuradha is a great blogger.

  5. October 1, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    wow nice review and a certain read for the young digital entrepreneurs.

    • October 28, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Thanks Narayan, this is a must read for would be digital entrepreneurs.

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