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Gautam Ghosh, MMD

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What are you reading at the moment? What did you recently finish reading? What have you learnt from it?
At present I am reading The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. It's a true story of a professor of Carnegie Mellon, who after being diagnosed with cancer, recounts his life and motivates all to live their dreams. It is one of the bravest stories on motivation that I have come across in recent times.

The one book all leaders must read... and why?
Whale Done by Ken Blanchard. In today's world the most important criterion for a successful corporation is to inculcate an attitude of customer service at all levels.  This book is a fantastic narration on to how a team or an individual could be motivated to do almost anything.

One book everyone in your sector should pick up... and why?
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Friedman is my all time favourite;a very good example of globalisation and its preparedness. The book makes good references to developing economy such as India.

What kind of books would you normally buy while travelling?
I normally pick up books such as Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, Like the Flowing Rivers, The Zahir among others; they provide a quick dose of motivation.

Have you written any books? If not, do you plan to write in future?
I haven't written any book as yet but I would positively like to pen down something along the lines of 'my experience with life in regards to relationships and their impotence..' 

The books you grew up with? What did you like most about it?
Enid Blyton's The Secret Seven series use to be my favourite. The suspense used to be killing and I would never keep the book down before its finished. Phantom, Amar Chitra Katha and Archies use to be permanently placed between by text books. 

Your book shelf consists of....
It mostly comprises books on management, motivational writing and light philosophical books. I also posses book such as Tuesdays With Morrie, Staying Up UP Up, Communication With God, most of Chetan Bhagat's and almost all of Paulo Coelho and Robin Sharma's books.

Where do you shop for books?
I normally shop for books at airport bookstores.

Have your reading habits changed in the past four or five years? If so, how....
Yes It has. I was a big reader of Sidney Sheldon, Iyn Rand and Arther Hailey but with the passage of time I have lost interest in novels. Given a choice I would rather pick up light philosophical reading. For me they are stress busters and in many cases they answer some of the day to day's riddles I normally confront.

One book you cherish that you received as a gift... and who gave it to you
Khalil Gibran's The Prophet. It was gifted to me by my wife Shobha many years back on my birthday and is permanently kept in my travel bag.


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