Let’s face it, life’s not going to be the same for a while, for most of us. With COVID-19 engulfing every aspect of our lives, we have to accept social distancing and self-isolation. 

During such times, it’s normal to be anxious, bored and uninterested. Working from home, meeting friends less often and not able to grab a drink at your favourite bar can usher these feelings. However, the good news is that you’re not alone in this. Almost everyone right now is dealing with these strange times. Instead of allowing it to affect your mental health, it’s important that we all incorporate ways to look after our well-being.

A book is all the comfort you need. While it can transport your mind to a totally different setting, it is also said to minimise anxiety, boost happiness and brighten up your day. A survey commissioned by Kindle found that 71 per cent people who read weekly feel happier. 

So, whether you’re social distancing or just spending more time in your house, here are few book recommendations every budding entrepreneur would love. 

1. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

With such an empowering title, ‘Lean In’ is a book you cannot miss reading irrespective of your gender. Talking about real gender equality, the book is a blueprint that highlights the need towards individual growth of women. With plenty of statistics, feminism and gender roles, Sandberg gets this one right. 

2. The 7-day Start-up: You don’t learn until you launch by Dan Norris

If you’re someone who believes you can achieve wonderful things in a week, this book is for you. Literally a bible for those who dream to start up, the book shows you exactly how to build a business in seven days. From generating ideas to cash flow and gaining your first set of customers, the book will fancy the interest of budding entrepreneurs and bootstrappers alike. 

3. The Greatest Salesmen in the World by Og Mandino

‘The story of a poor camel boy who rose to success’. The book is a heart-warming read that highlights the story of Hafid, who becomes the owner of a powerful business and comes to be known as the greatest salesman in the world. It is a classic that can empower top salesmen with compelling principles and tremendous motivation. 

4. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E Gerber

Published a few years after the original (E-Myth), the second installment of the book emphasises on the importance of building processes that will allow an entrepreneur to run a business rather than work in it. The book is a great read for those looking to build their business in a productive way. 

5. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

The widely-acclaimed bestseller highlights the magic moment when an idea or trend crosses a threshold and spreads like wildfire. It illuminates the science of social epidemics and the tipping point phenomenon. With the power of context and case studies, the book makes an interesting read. 

6. Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs by Julia Pimsleur

The book is an essential guide for all those female entrepreneurs out there. It talks about ambition and vision of a business and steps to be taken to enter big leagues just like male counterparts. It also introduces us to seven women who have successfully formed multimillion-dollar companies from scratch. For all those women who dare to dream big, this one’s for you.

7. Design the Life You Love by Ayse Birsel

An inspirational guide for every aspiring product designer, the book takes a playful approach to help people design their life from ground up. The book is ideal for people who are contemplating on what they should do next. It features anecdotes and principles to help people design their lives the way they want. 


  • Malini Agarwal

    Founder and Creative Director

    MissMalini Entertainment

    Malini Agarwal a.k.a MissMalini is the Founder & Creative Director of MissMalini Entertainment, a leading media lifestyle brand that creates highly engaging, multi-platform content geared towards India's Internet Generation.

    Malini is India's first and most famous Digital Influencer, having pioneered Indian lifestyle blogging with her website MissMalini.com in 2008. Today MissMalini Entertainment content reaches 30 million people a month every across their owned channels, with over 10 million direct social media followers.

    A regular speaker at CMO forums on digital brand building, Malini was featured in the ET Women Ahead Listing of 2018 by The Economic Times and awarded the Women Super Achiever Award at Femina’s 5th World Women Leadership Congress & Awards. Ranked #1 on IMPACT's 50 Most Influential Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising 2017, she was also recognized among business leaders to watch in Fortune India’s 40 Under 40 List as well as GQ’s 50 Most Influential Young Indians List and World Marketing Congress’s 50 Most Influential Digital Marketing Leaders Listing in 2017. She was also featured as one of the Top 10 Young Business Women of 2016 by CNBC-TV18 at the Young Turks Summit, and declared as the #1 Digital Influencer in the world on SERMO's Digital Influencer Index 2016. Malini is a regular industry panelist and moderator, she was the keynote speaker at the Babson College Indian Symposium, and at Ficci Flow chapters of Amritsar, Jaipur, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad.

    Within a few years of blogging, The Huffington Post and Forbes named Malini as India’s most famous Digital Influencer, and since then Malini has been profiled by various international media outlets including BBC World (UK), Reuters, CNN (USA), DW (Germany), TV5 (France) and The Globe & Mail (Canada), and is a regular fixture in local publications such as Vogue India, Elle India, Grazia India, Hello! India, India Today, The Economic Times, Business Standard, NDTV Profit, and on CNBC's Young Turks as a fast-growing media start-up to watch.

    Malini released her first book, To the Moon: How I Blogged My Way To Bollywood with reputed publishing house HarperCollins in January 2018, which peaked at #3 Non-Fiction (and #8 overall) on the India Top 10 Bestseller List.

    Malini’s passion and efforts are now spent using her reach and influencer to launch social initiatives that facilitate cultural change. Most prominent of these is her invite-only & Facebook group exclusively for women called ‘Malini’s Girl Tribe’, a supportive community of 25,000 women, as well as her Positive Masculinity community, a co-ed group for all to discuss the way towards a more socially progressive and world. By creating safe spaces for women, a myriad of topics and modern issues are discussed openly every day. Women are able to support each other, help each other, and have meaningful connections every day. The Girl Tribe also gave rise to a web-series featuring such distinguished guests as Rega Jha, Adhuna Bhabani, Mallika Dua, Sonali Bendre Behl, Anjali Lama, Trisha Shetty, and Dia Mirza, covering topics ranging from oppressive beauty standards and gender expectations to raising compassionate children, fighting sexual abuse, and more.