Preview: Dream With Your Eyes Open — by Ronnie Screwvala

Why read this?
Dream With Your Eyes Open by Ronnie Screwvala has been nominated for the Tata Literature Live Awards in Business Book category. 

Ronnie Screwvala has been a part of our childhood since he began producing television shows and created UTV Media. We loved the numerous shows and his name in the titles made us aware of his entrepreneurship. In this book, he writes about his journey, an entrepreneurial journey, and much more.

Many of us, and you, want to jump into the bandwagon of entrepreneurs, quitting our jobs and following our dreams. What, where, how, why – answered by Ronnie Screwvala in this book will guide you towards your goal.

Rightly said – ‘This book hopes to demystify failure, inspire success, raise ambitions and help you think big.’


In Dream With Your Eyes Open, first-generation entrepreneur and UTV-founder Ronnie Screwvala details his vast experiences and the myriad lessons learnt from more than two decades of building some successful (and some not-so-successful) businesses, bringing clarity to a quickly changing business landscape and making an impassioned case for the role of entrepreneurship in India’s future.

If you’ve ever had an impactful, disruptive product or business idea, been curious about owning your own business, or have already taken the first steps on your entrepreneurial journey, this is the book for you.

If you’ve been running your own company for the last seven-odd years, and scale, brand and value-creation are some of the crossroads for you now, keep reading.

If you think your parents or family would freak out if you dared to suggest ditching your safe haven—your professional job—to pursue your dreams of owning your own business, relax. Better yet, share this book with them.

If you’re an experienced professional ready to take the plunge into starting your own business or committed to growing into an effective leader in the company you work for, read on.

This book hopes to demystify failure, inspire success, raise ambitions and help you think big.

Dream With Your Eyes Open shares failures and triumphs, thoughts and anecdotes in a simple narrative that could help you gain better insights into entrepreneurship and give you a fighting chance when it comes to realizing your dreams in a David-versus-Goliath world. Only then will we succeed in harnessing the country’s enormous entrepreneurial potential with the most energetic and passionate people in the world, alive with fresh mindsets, optimism and hope.

This book is about ‘it can be done’, not ‘I did it’. It’s all possible. Just dream your own dream—and when you do, dream with your eyes open.

Author: Ronnie Screwvala
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Genre: Non-fiction/Business
Release: April 2015
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Aspiring author, frequent blogger, freelance editor, book critic, movie buff, mihidana fanatic. Lives in Pune. Before the above titles, I was a PhD dropout in Soil Science from the US of A, which rather coerced me into switching gears and professions. I work in both English and my mother tongue Bengali.

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