Marbles, Mayhem and My Typewriter: The Unfadable Life of an Ordinary Man

  • 2h 30m
  • Mano Sabnani
  • Marshall Cavendish
  • 2018

In a world where so many people believe that they cannot go far because they were not born gifted or with a silver spoon, Mano Sabnani’s story provides profound inspiration – showing how an ordinary man can achieve extraordinary things by following a very simple and ethical set of principles.

From greenhorn journalist to Editor of the Business Times, Managing Editor of the Straits Times, CEO/Editor-in-Chief of TODAY, and Managing Director at DBS, Mano enjoyed a front-row seat to the transformation of Singapore since independence and the painful trade-offs that had to be made as it achieved its phenomenal economic success.

In this memoir, Mano relates the story of his life, career and family, from an idyllic boyhood in Joo Chiat through to National Service, university days, a shoestring trek through Asia and Europe, marriage and fatherhood, to his role as an “activist investor” speaking up on behalf of ordinary shareholders.

Along the way, Mano offers unique stories and special insight into a myriad of topics: friendship, leadership, values, the existence of God, the role of man in nature – and life itself.

About the Author

Mano Sabnani is a veteran journalist who has also served in various capacities with the DBS Group. In 2003, he was invited to take charge of money-losing daily newspaper TODAY; he developed it into the second most read in Singapore and turned it around to be very profitable by the time he left.

In this Book

  • Foreword by Tan Soo Khoon
  • Foreword by Professor Victor R. Savage
  • Prologue—The Power within
  • A Boy in Joo Chiat
  • University and Some of the Best Times of My Life
  • National Service and a Cross-Asia Adventure
  • Self-Realisation in the Business Times
  • The Ups and Downs of Corporate Singapore
  • The Challenge of TODAY
  • Family Values and Roles
  • Life Doesn’t Just Happen, Does it?
  • Reflections on Life in Singapore
  • Epilogue—Final Thoughts and a Home-Cooked Philosophy