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Rajesh Rege, Cisco India

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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 reading The Signal And The Noise by Nate Silver currently; I just finished reading Jugaad Innovation by Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu and Simone Ahuja. It was a very interesting read which tells us that innovation is not limited to well-funded labs, but can happen through anyone who understands ground realities and knows to work around problems.

The one book all leaders must read... and why?
Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs.  It’s a great story of how passion, creativity, never say die attitude and obsessive attention to detail can yield stupendous success.

What kind of books would you normally buy while travelling? (with names)
I usually carry magazines such as Time, Fortune, Economist… I also like to read light-fiction when traveling. Eg: (Dennis Lehane)

Have you written any books? If not, do you plan to write in future? Pl also specify the topic you intend to write on.
Not yet, if I do, I might write short stories.
The books you grew up with? What did you like most about it?
Indrajaal comics, Enid Blyton, Tinkle, Hardy Boys, Agatha Christie's murder mysteries, P.G. Wodehouse and Amar Chitra Katha. They used to fire up my imagination.
Your book shelf consists of...
Light fiction and biographies. I also have several books on management, ginancial markets and fitness & health.

Where do you shop for books?
Usually online from sites like Amazon. Occasionally I visit local book stores. I also have picked up books in airport lounges.
Have your reading habits changed in the past four or five years? If so, how....
These days, I start reading a new book without finishing the previous one. I read at least 2 to 3 books at any point and end up taking a long time to finish them.. This is probably because I get little time to read these days.

One book you cherish that you received as a gift... and who gave it to you.
History Of The World  by John Whitney Hall… My wife gifted it to me.

Your e-reading device...

(Compiled by Jinoy Jose P.)

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