Book Review: The Recycle Man by Nikhil Chandwani


Book Title: The Recycle Man
Author: Nikhil Chandwani

Book Title:
The title of the book ‘The Recycle Man‘ is innovative.

Book Cover:
The cover image of the book is a picture of making bricks from recycled materials.

About the author
Nikhil Chandwani, a single child of working parents, started writing at a very young age. He started following his ambitions aggressively at a tender age of 17; alone, a little lost, yet ambitious. He took up electronics engineering because of his inclination towards science but things started to change really quickly once he realized he is not made for it! He took a pen and a paper and his journey as a writer started. He published his début novel at the age of 18.

He wrote 9 more books in the next six years, worked as a scriptwriter with internationally renowned firms, delivered over 200+ Guest Lectures and 8+ TEDx talks in Top Universities of Asia. He also became o the youngest Hindi Feature Film Producer with Nadi Ki Beti, Sundari (She – The Movie). He taught as a Visiting Professor at Top B Schools of India and delivered sessions on Freelance Entrepreneurship with XLRI Jamshedpur, IIM Nagpur, VIT Vellore, IIT Madras, IIT Roorkee, etc. He founded Walnut Discoveries Pvt. Ltd.

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About the book:

The book is the story of a 10-year-old’s journey, his lessons of failure, his fights against the minds of everyone around him and his inventions that have revolutionized how we see waste. A book like no other, a tale like never, a man who invented USE out of the USELESS. Based on the life and works of DR. BINISH DESAI; learn from the expert about how we need to take our waste seriously and how waste is today’s gold.

My Review:
The Recycle Man‘ is just not a story but shall be termed as the biography of Dr.Binish Desai whose vision towards a cleaner country since his early days. The fervor that ignited in his mind when he was very young today has created a revolution in ‘ Waste Management ‘ in and outside the country. 

The author Dr. Nikhil quoted that he came to know about Dr. Binish through a Ted X talk and Binish’s journey which is so inspirational made Nikhil write a book on him. Nikhil says such personalities are must not be just confined to a certain medium of communication but should be brought out and is to be imbibed in people’s minds. Thus, he decided to author the book.

In the book, Nikhil articulated Dr.Binish’s story in an inspiring way that the first few chapters explain Binish’s early life, his upbringing in a conservative community, his ideas of recycling after watching lots of waste getting wasted and how his idea of recycling was never considered. Once the momentum changes in the book to Binish’s interest in understanding the inventions around him and his ideas as a 12-year-old to pen a poem ‘ White Dove ‘ will definitely surprise the readers. 

The pictures of Binish’s school notes books and his ideas that popped at those times surely will inspire young minds. The book has a language that is comfortable to the readers of every age and thus can be shelved as ‘ Inspirational Books ‘. It is not that people should get inspired and start recycling how Dr.Binish did but it is to see how innovative and creative was his mind at a tender age and what made him now in the world is what is to be grasped.

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What I like:

1. The cover image itself is interesting and the font is comfortable to read.2. The book is universal.
2. The poems in the book that flash in the midway are impressive.
3. The narration is striking.
4. Simple language pleases every reader.

What I didn’t like:
There is nothing to dislike.

My Final Verdict:
Undoubtedly inspiring book!

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(Reviewed by Swapna Peri)

Featured Image: Dr. Binish Desai

This Book Review was first published in Storizen Magazine January 2020 Issue.