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G.S.K. Velu, Trivitron Group

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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 Winning by Jack Welch and Krishna: The Man and his Philosophy by Osho.  Winning deals with how to succeed in the fiercely competitive corporate world. The key message is to speak to people at every level of in organisation and help everyone who has a passion for success. If we ensure people in the grass root level are passionate the organisation will win all the time. Osho's books are thought provoking and this book on Krishna really is inspiring and shows Krishna as a multi dimensional personality and puts a lot of reasoning into Krishna's life. Though Osho's books are quite philosophical they really help today's corporate leaders with lateral thinking.

The one book all leaders must read... and why?
There are simple , easy to read  light books by Dale Carnegie which I enjoy reading during travel. Some of the books worth reading include  How to Win Friends and Influence People  and Stop Worrying and Start Living. I think reading Harvard Business Review books and articles regularly will help Chairman/ CEOs/ CFOs and other corporate leaders.

One book everyone in your sector should pick up... and why?
While management books will help healthcare administrators and leaders this sector, I find reading technical books in the sectors of focus is important to understand specialities and super specialities in medicine.  Medical journals such as Lancet and Clinical Chemistry, will help the healthcare professionals keep abreast of what is happening in their respective filed.

What kind of books would you normally buy while travelling?
I read  some management books by the Harvard Business Review as well as  novels by John Grisham, Dan Brown  and  Jeffrey Archer.

Have you written any books? If not, do you plan to write in future?
As of now, no. I would like a write a book on ‘Partnering for Growth' with real life examples from my life and other corporate examples, sometime in the future as in today's world of mergers , acquisitions and JVs, working together is key to success.

The books you grew up with? What did you like most about it?
Up to class 10 I studied in a Tamil medium school and hence read lot of Tamil children's books  such as <<Ambuli Mama>>.  I started reading English books only during my college time in BITS Pilani. As that was during my teens I used to read  books by P G Wodehouse, Sidney Sheldon, Harold Robbins etc.

Your book shelf consists of....
A lot of  Harvard Business Review Books, several novels, managements books by Barry Farber, John Heider,  Dale Carnegie,  Peter Drucker,  Joe Girard, C.K. Prahalad,  Jim Collins,  Michel Useem, Kerry Johnson,  John Oakland among others. It also includes text books such as Principles Of Marketing by Philip Kotler  along with books on several countries and their histories, Medical books and journals, and books on the healthcare sector.

Where do you shop for books?
I usually at airport book shops in India and abroad. Sometimes I visit book stores such as Landmark, Higginbothams, Odyssey in Chennai .

Have your reading habits changed in the past four or five years? If so, how....
Due to extensive travel my reading habits have increased during flights. Also with iPad arriving I have started downloading books online for the first time as reading through the iPad is very convenient too.

One book you cherish that you received as a gift... and who gave it to you.
Good To Great by Jim Collins which was given by a friend of mine.

(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 04-04-2011)

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