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Vikas Khemani Head, Edelweiss Securities
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The book I am currently reading is What Got You Here, Won't Get You There by Marshal Goldsmith. It talks about certain things that can become barriers in the way of our success and explains how one can improve on them. I recently finished reading a book titled Children Learn What They Live by Dorothy Law Nolte, that gave me a perspective on child psychology. It showcases the challenges that most parents' face while raising kids. The reading was very insightful in terms of the things one needs to take care of while bringing up children.
The one book all leaders must read... and why?
One book that is a must read for leaders is Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. The book shows how relationships and networking in a socially healthy and mutually beneficial way can lead to success. It also throws light on the secret behind the success of so many accomplished people.
One book everyone in your sector should pick up... and why?
For those in the capital markets the books that I suggest are: Stock Market Wizards by Jack D. Schwager and Reminisces Of Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre. Both these books share experiences of many accomplished traders/investors and the process they went through before achieving what they did. It also teaches how markets remain same despite change of century.
What kind of books would you normally buy while travelling?
While travelling, I like reading leadership related topics and personality development books. The End of Poverty: How We Can Make It Happen in Our Lifetime by Jeffrey Sachs, Imagining India by Nanadan Nilekani, Star Principle by Rich Koch and Chinese Evolution are the few titles that have attracted my attention
Have you written any books? If not, do you plan to write in future?
No, I have not tried my hand on writing a book as yet. However, sometime later I would love to write on philosophy. The topic would be 'similarities in growing as a parent and leader', or else 'managing family and business the same way'.
The books you grew up with? What did you like most about it?
I didn't read much, other than what was in the curriculum, though Chacha Chaudhary was my favourite
Your book shelf consists of....
My book shelf consists of about 200 odd books across various topics. These include titles around markets, self development, leadership, classics, parenting, The Bhagawat Gita etc.
Where do you shop for books?
I generally pick books from airports while travelling. I also order specific titles from Strand Book Store.
Have your reading habits changed in the past four or five years? If so, how....
My reading habits have indeed changed in the past few years. Earlier, I took everything the author wrote on face value. But now I try and evaluate the thought that the author is trying to present. Also, earlier I was selective on a couple of subjects and authors, but now I have diversified areas of reading.
One book you cherish that you received as a gift... and who gave it to you
Two books; You Can Win by Shiv Khera, gifted by my friend Sachin on my graduation and Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman gifted to me by Rashesh, as I commenced my leadership journey.
(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 18-04-2011)