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Kunwer Sachdev, MD, Su-Kam

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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 If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Aren't More People Happy by Amul S. Bahl.

I have recently finished reading The Difficulty Of Being Good by Gurcharan Das. The book helped me gain a different perspective to life. The book tries to explain how the concept of dharma resonates across epics and different forms. His explanations draw you into an inner realm of thought process as you look at Mahabharata in a new light. But in the end the book helped solve some of my queries in the sense that sometimes good has shades of grey to attain the bigger good. The overall good overshadows the small evils.

The one book all leaders must read... and why?
Good To Great by Jim Collins. The book describes how companies can transition from being average companies to great companies. How organisations can be built to long lasting and successful ventures

One book everyone in your sector should pick up and why?
The Entrepreneurial Mindset by Rita Gunther McGrath and Ian Mac Millan. The book offers a refreshingly practical take on thinking and acting in environments that are fast-
paced, rapidly changing, highly uncertain and how one can cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset.

What kind of books would you normally buy while travelling?
Usually, I pick-up books on innovation/creativity, management, spirituality and psychology Some of the books which I picked up during my numerous travels in India and abroad are: How Brands Became Icons by Douglas B. Holt; What Got You Here, Won't Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith

Have you written any books?
Connects The Dots and Breakthrough Innovation have a dedicated chapter on Su-Kam and my journey. I am keen to pen down my own book in the near future and it will probably be based on: 1) Gifted Kids 2) My Entrepreneurial Journey and 3) Marketing

The books you grew up with? What did you like most about it?
As I child, I enjoyed reading Chacha Choudhury, Indrajaal Comics, Betaal Ki Kahaniya, Ram And Shyam Detective Comics, etc. As I grew old, I became more engrossed with stories on the life of Vivekananda, Guru Gobind Singhji, Lala Lajpat Rai, etc. Later in my life I realized that their life stories were a source of inspiration and motivation during my growing up years.

Your book shelf consists of....
I am a voracious reader and my book shelves at home and in office are replete with books of all genre be it on innovation, management, marketing, spirituality, etc.

Where do you shop for books?
While travelling, I pick-up books from airport book lounges, otherwise, I buy books from stores such as Teksons, Om, Landmark or order online from Flipkart whenever I come across anything of interest.

Have your reading habits changed in the past four or five years? If so, how?
Earlier, I used to read books on management, innovation and history. But for the past few years, I have started reading more on psychology and spirituality.

One book you cherish that you received as a gift... and who gave it to you.
Few of my business friends had gifted me these books which I cherish till date...Made In Japan by Akio Morita and Outliers by Malcom Gladwell. In fact, after reading, I had gifted them further to some of my close friends and associates.

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(Compiled by Jinoy Jose P.)

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(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 28-01-2013)