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Anil Gupta, KEI Industries

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What are you reading at the moment? What did you recently finish reading? What have you learnt from it?
I have just finished reading Winning by former GE chief executive Jack Welch and Suzy Welch. It is a well written book, which takes a philosophical and pragmatic approach towards informing the reader about becoming a winner in today's business scenario. It illustrates the real life problems and situations one faces in business. Winning is not only about managing the people and the organisation but also about managing one's personal life to achieve a perfect work-life balance. Managing one's career is as important as making the right strategies or having a clear vision and values for proper functioning of an organisation.
 
The one book all leaders must read... and why?
In my opinion all leaders should read What They Don't Teach You At Harvard Business School by Mark H McCormack.
 
One of my favourite books is The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. The book is about the challenges a manufacturing set-up faces and how they overcome these constraints. One notable quality is how fundamentals of management are conveyed through a story; this truly makes the book an interesting read.

One book everyone in your sector should pick up... and why?
One book that is a 'must-read' for people in our industry is Electrical Wire And Cable Handbook. It provides comprehensive and substantial knowledge about all types of energy cables: from wiring and flexible cables for general use, to distribution, transmission and submarine cables. It includes information on materials, design principles, installation, operating experience and standards and is therefore a very useful book for understanding the cable and wire industry.
 
What kind of books would you normally buy while travelling?
During long flight journeys, I prefer to read books related to business management and general information. At times, I also read about famous tourist destinations.

Have you written any books? If not, do you plan to write in future?
Not yet, may be in the future.
 
The books you grew up with? What did you like most about it?
I enjoyed reading comics as a child.
 
Your book shelf consists of....
My book shelf has a collection of books mostly comprising fiction and management titles. I also have a rich collection of biographies among others.

Where do you shop for books?
I generally purchase books from Crossword bookstores, although while travelling I also shop at airports.
 
Have your reading habits changed in the past four or five years? If so, how....
Yes, very much so. Earlier I was very passionate about reading, but now I am unable to devote as much time to it.
 
One book you cherish that you received as a gift... and who gave it to you?
A few years ago, my son Divij gifted me this beautiful book called The Magic Of Thinking Big by David J Schwartz. It is a really good book and special to me as my son gifted it.


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