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P.R.Venketrama Raja, Ramco Systems

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What are you reading at the moment? What did you recently finish reading? What have you learnt from it?
I am currently reading Fearless Symmetry: Exposing The Hidden Patterns Of Numbers by Robert Gross. It is a book on mathematics for general public that details out number theory & abstract mathematics.

The one book all leaders must read... and why?
Competing For The Future by Gary Hamel and (late) C.K. Prahalad because it is a book that abstracts what business strategies are all about and how we can formulate our thoughts.

One book everyone in your sector should pick up... and why?
The New Age Of Innovation by C. K. Prahalad as it sets the road map for the future of IT and business.

What kind of books would you normally buy while travelling?
I normally buy books on science and prefer reading the works of Michael Connelly and Frederick Forsyth while travelling.

Have you written any books? If not, do you plan to write in future?
No, I haven't. Everybody wants to, but I am not sure if I will get down to writing one.

The books you grew up with? What did you like most about it?
I was a great fan of Alfred Hitchcock and loved reading books by Alistair MacLean

Your book shelf consists of....
Numerous books on science, mathematicss, chess, business and fiction

Where do you shop for books?
I mostly shop at books stores in the airport and when I am in Boston, I visit the MIT book store. I also pick up books from big stores such as Barnes & Noble and Landmark when in India.

Have your reading habits changed in the past four or five years? If so, how....
My reading habits haven't really changed very much.

One book you cherish that you received as a gift... and who gave it to you.
There isn't any one particular book that I can think of.

(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 11-04-2011)