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Jayant Keswani, Autodesk India

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What are you reading at the moment? What did you recently finish reading? What have you learnt from it?
At the moment I am reading Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis. I recently finished a book titled The Decision to Trust: How Leaders Create High-Trust Organizations by Robert F. Hurley. It’s a brilliant book on the concept of trust and how to create it in the workplace. Trust is something that every executive needs to understand – how to create and keep trust, regardless of the state of business. It’s a refreshing read.

The one book all leaders must read... and why?

The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran. A lot of business leaders keep talking about the ‘big picture’. Well, if they want to know a bit about the real ‘big picture’, that’s the ‘big picture’ of life, this book would be an able guide.

One book everyone in your sector should pick up... and why?

Contemporary Indian marketers should pick up Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen.’ It would help them engage better with their customers. Truly likeable!

What kind of books would you normally buy while travelling?
I like to read light when travelling which is exactly why I picked up Moneyball. Other books I could suggest while travelling include thrillers like XXThe Day Of The Jackal by Forsyth.

Have you written any books? If not, do you plan to write in future?
I haven’t written a book till now but I would love to write one in the future. A topic that’s particularly close to me is about unsung heroes and their contribution to our society and if I have an opportunity, I would like to write a book on them.

The books you grew up with? What did you like most about it?

I was a voracious reader as a child too. I still have a collection of Indrajaal, Enid Blyton and more. I couldn’t get enough of Asterix comics while growing up. The character Obelix was a favourite. The names of the characters were just so interesting. Besides, I was a huge Tintin fan too.

Your book shelf consists of...

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Winning by Jack Welch, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, Compete Outside the Box: The Unconventional Way to Beat the Competition by Eric J Romero, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach and the list goes on...

Where do you shop for books?

Flipkart nowadays, but the Oxford Book Store used to be a favourite

Have your reading habits changed in the past four or five years? If so, how....

Not really. I still pickup anything that I find interesting.

One book you cherish that you received as a gift... and who gave it to you.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. It was a gift from my uncle when I was very young. It left quite an impression on me.

(Compiled By Jinoy Jose P)

(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 19-11-2012)