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Jaivinder Gill, NCR India
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I recently picked up JRD Tata's biography Beyond The Last Blue Mountain, written by Russi Lala. Among other lessons, the book teaches you humility and illustrates the life and philosophy of one of the greatest businessmen and entrepreneurs in India.
I just finished reading Pour Your Heart Into It by Howard Schultz which shows that the key ingredients for success are passion, set of values and persistence. Schultz's sheer leadership style of 'leading with heart' inspired me and brought about changes in my behavior towards others.
The one book all leaders must read... and why?
I feel all leaders should at read Nelson Mandela's Long Walk To Freedom least once. The book stands important not only because it is Mandela's autobiography but also because of the morals it exerts by taking the reader through different struggles, setbacks and the ultimate triumph in the life of a perfect leader and a political figure.
One book everyone in your sector should pick up... and why?
The Art Of War by Sun Tzu. It is one of the oldest books on military management unraveling the details of developing definitive military strategies and tactics. It cues the strategising and positioning tactics which are most required in a corporate environment.
What kind of books would you normally buy while travelling?
Apart from travel books and fiction, I like reading light-hearted books with a tinge of spirituality when I am on long journeys. I prefer books such as The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho which not only make for interesting reading but also provide a good moral outlook.
Have you written any books? If not, do you plan to write in future?
If destiny permits, I would definitely love to write a book as it is one of my cherished dreams.
The books you grew up with? What did you like most about it?
I used to like reading the Enid Blyton series, The Chicken Soup series. Horror and suspense books such as The Night Strangers and Darkness, My Old Friend were also a part of my library.
Your book shelf consists of....
I have a lot of spiritual and management books in my library. It also has an array of health books and yoga books. I like reading inspirational books as well and hence you will find autobiographies/biographies of great men such as Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Dhirubhai Ambani, Lata Mangeshkar
Where do you shop for books?
I shop at Crossword, Malls, Airports as well as online.
Have your reading habits changed in the past four or five years? If so, how....
Work pressure and tight deadlines have lessened my reading habits to quite an extent. However, reading is an inseparable part of me and has been responsible for defining most of my character. I believe that reading is a good source of exercise for your mind which is imperative for constantly self-learning and educating oneself.
One book you cherish that you received as a gift... and who gave it to you?
There is a beautiful spiritual book called Living With The Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama given to me by my mother. I was spell bound after reading this. It is a book on the self enlightenment of Swami Rama and how he gained magical powers from various Himalayan sanyasis that he came across during his journey towards the Himalayas. I consider this book a rejuvenator and read it whenever I need reassurance.