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Vardhan Dharkar,KEC International

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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 Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. I have recently completed reading What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith. The greatest learning from this book is the understanding that habits which helped you achieve success in past are not necessarily the habits which will help you achieve success in future. In short you constantly need to reinvent yourself to stay successful

The one book all leaders must read... and why?
I recommend The Difficulty Of Being Good by Gurcharan Das. This book connects the reader with the ageless epic Mahabharata with the dilemmas faced by contemporary managers

One book everyone in your sector should pick up... and why?
Too Big To Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin. This book very clearly brings out how excessive greed brought about the failure of global financial institutions

What kind of books would you normally buy while travelling?
A wide range of books from fiction to management.

Have you written any books? If not, do you plan to write in future?
I have not written any books. However, I have written articles for FICCI’s Banking and Finance Digest

The books you grew up with? What did you like most about it?
As a child my favourite author was P.G. Wodehouse. The humour in his writing and his caricature of the British aristocracy made the books outstanding. I also like books by P.L. Deshpande who wrote in Marathi. Other books that left a mark were Godfather, The day of the Jackal, Mrityunjay by Shivaji Savant and the autobiography of Winston Churchill

Your bookshelf consists of....
Mostly fiction, humour and leadership / management

Where do you shop for books?
Book stores such as Landmark, Crosswords, etc

Have your reading habits changed in the past four or five years? If so, how....
Yes, now I read more books on leadership development.

One book you cherish that you received as a gift... and who gave it to you?
My collection of P.G. Wodehouse books given to me by my father.

(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 03-12-2012)