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Ajay Bijli, PVR Cinemas

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What are you reading at the moment? What did you recently finish reading? What have you learnt from it?
Tao Of Warren Buffet by Mary Buffett and David Clark is what I just finished. I found the format very user friendly and found a lot of stimulating stuff. One thing that stood out for me was that it's better to do one thing really well , excel in it rather than many things that may dilute your attention and therefore not give desired outcome. The other books I am reading are The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen (with a dictionary!) and The Sunset Club by Khushwant Singh .

The one book all leaders must read... and why?
I think Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is very relevant. Managing yourself before you can managers is a prerequisite for leadership. Good To Great by Jim Collins, again simple but guides how to excel and differentiate .  I would always recommend to the instant result driven world to read the Bhagwad Gita; concentrate on the task at hand with utmost sincerity.. that's bound to bear fruit.

One book everyone in your sector should pick up... and why?
Anyone in the entertainment world should read Walt Disney's book.

What kind of books would you normally buy while travelling?
One biography and one really breezy thriller.

Have you written any books? If not, do you plan to write in future?
I haven't written any books and don't have any plans. I do keep a record of some lessons I have learnt along the way that I share with my top team and family from time to time.

The books you grew up with? What did you like most about it?
I used to read pure fiction, grew up reading Wilbur Smith, Robert Ludlum , Fredrick Forsyth etc.. All literature was being taught in school anyway.

Your book shelf consists of....
My bookshelf mainly comprises biographies of Nelson Mandela , Gandhi , Churchill , Nehru , J.R.D Tata , N.R. Narayna Murthy , Jack Welch and Warren Buffet

Where do you shop for books?
I mostly shop at airport, sometimes in bookstores as well. I am also downloading on IBooks these days.

Have your reading habits changed in the past four or five years? If so, how....
Yes, I now read biographies and books on history more than fiction. There are a lot of real life examples that I feel I want to learn about. Fiction, one can get from movies.

One book you cherish that you received as a gift... and who gave it to you.
My mother gave me a simple Hindi version of the Bhagwad Gita — it's by my bedside always.

(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 25-04-2011)

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