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Ashwani Maheshwari, ITC Infotech

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What are you reading at the moment? What did you recently finish reading? What have you learnt from it?
Currently, I am reading Seven Years In Tibet by Heinrich Harrer; a classic, real life story of grit, determination and courage to succeed against all odds. The book also epitomises the importance of blending to succeed

The one book all leaders... and why?
From Third World To First by Lee Kwan Yeu. It is a very inspiring account of a visionary leader with astute political judgement; from strategy to execution and focussed pursuit of goals.

One book everyone in your sector should pick up... and why?
The Art Of War by Sun Tzu

What kind of books would you normally buy while travelling?
I normally buy estsellers, quick read or fiction at the airport book stores such as Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer, Superfreakonomics by Levitt and Dubner, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and 2 States by Chetan Bhagat.

Have you written any books? If not, do you plan to write in future?
I haven't written one so far. I will write depending on life's calling.

The books you grew up with? What did you like most about it?
I read Tintin, Asterix and Obelix and the Hardy Boys.  I liked the humour, cartoon depiction during my childhood awe for detective fiction.

Your book shelf consists of....
There are autobiographies, books on management, fiction and history. Some of the titles from my collection include Theory of Constraints by Eliyahu M.Goldratt, Roots by Alex Haley, India Unbound by Gurucharan Das, Good to Great by Jim Collins, The Great Indian Middle Class by P. K. Varma,  India After Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The Man Who Invented Hitler by David Lewis and classics such as To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.

Where do you shop for books?
I shop at book stores such as Crossword and Landmark
Have your reading habits changed in the past four or five years? If so, how...
Yes; from reading management books I have moved on to reading autobiographies, inspiring true life stories and histories.

One book you cherish that you received as a gift... and who gave it to you.
Roots by Alex Haley, it was to me by gifted by my wife.

(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 06-06-2011)