by Peter Casey
About the book: There is simply no other major business like the Tata Group—a company whose bottom line is doing the right thing for society. How did Tata transform itself from a family-owned business to one of the most professionally managed enterprises in the world? How did it become a world leader in an array of unrelated businesses—from steel and automobile manufacturing to hotels and IT consulting? What exactly is the ‘Tata Way’, which has earned it so much admiration and respect?This brief history of the Tatas charts the contribution of every Tata chairman—from Jamsetji Tata, who set up the company in 1868, to Ratan Tata and Cyrus Mistry—and explores the values at the heart of the Tata Group, as well as the role played in its development by the philanthropic trusts that own two-thirds of the company. For anyone curious about this Indian company that has become a leading global player, this book is the perfect introduction.
by Hamish McDonald
About the book: Dhirubhai Ambani's life is a rags-to-riches story, from Bombay's crowded pavements and bazaars to the city's extravagantly wealthy social circles where business tycoons, stockmarket speculators, smugglers, politicians and Hindi film stars mingle, make money, make and break marriages and carry out prolonged feuds. This is the story of a rising capitalist group in post-independence India. Until the arrival of Ambani, and now more like him, India's big business scene was dominated by a few industrial houses from British times. Ambani's Reliance group has risen to rival these houses in just 26 years since its foundation. By 1995, the group had 2.6 million investors, one in every eight Indian sharemarket investors, and is now so large that it has to hold its annual general meetings in football stadiums. Along with expansion, however, have come the intricate political connections, a whole raft of corruption charges and a rollercoaster of booms and crashes for Ambani and his company. This study shows how capitalism emerges by fair means and foul in the new industrial countries of the Third World and explores the life of an Asian tycoon.
by Pavitra Kumar
About the book: How a family-run business from humble Bikaner transformed Haldiram into a global, much-loved brand In the early twentieth century, a young man, Ganga Bhishan Agarwal, aka Haldiram, gained a reputation for making the best bhujia in town. Fast-forward a century and the Haldiram’s empire has revenue much greater than that of McDonald’s and Domino’s combined. In Bhujia Barons, Pavitra Kumar tells the riveting story of the Agarwal family in its entirety—a feat never managed before. It begins in dusty, benign Bikaner and traces the rise and rise of this home-grown label, now one of the most-recognized Indian brands in the world. The Haldiram’s story is not an average business story—it’s chock-full of family drama, with court cases, jealousy-fuelled regional expansion, a decades-old trademark battle, and a closely guarded family secret of the famous bhujia. Fast-paced and captivating, this book provides a delicious look into family business dynamics and the Indian way of doing business.
by R.S. Agarwal,R.S. Goenka
About the book: Thinking of starting up a business? Hoping it will succeed beyond your wildest dreams? You could start with advice from someone who knows. R.S. Agarwal, along with his friend R.S. Goenka, has built a business from scratch, failed, picked himself up and now heads Emami - a multinational brand Made in India. His wisdom on various business and personal aspects is distilled in an easy-to-read and insightful narrative about his life and business. It is a concise, compelling read for every entrepreneur, whether just starting out or well-established. Agarwal combines a pragmatic, down-to-earth approach to work and the rat race with a childlike wonder and the utopian daydreams of the eternal optimist. With rare sensitivity and humanity, good, old-fashioned ethics and cutting-edge technology, Agarwal has transformed a dream into the business giant it is today. This book tells the story of that odyssey with candour and sagacity. There are short stories that deliver home truths, snippets that delight and quotes that enlighten. Business: The Emami Way is, in short, an MBA in an easy-to-understand handbook.
by Seema Singh
About the book: At the age of twenty-five, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw partnered with an Irish entrepreneur, Leslie Auchincloss, to start Biocon India in a garage in Bengaluru. Armed with just a degree in beer making, this move to industrial enzymes and commodity small molecules was as audacious as it was far-sighted. Thirty-seven years on, Biocon is India's largest research-driven biotech enterprise. And the accidental entrepreneur, Mazumdar-Shaw, is today a tough negotiator and a habitual dealmaker, casually breaking several myths about Indian women in business. Without a supportive academic ecosystem for biotechnology and in the absence of sound policymaking, Mazumdar-Shaw has tirelessly sought out global alliances and resources in her quest for ideas and molecules. To some extent, she has also plugged the brain drain of Indian scientists, making them collaborators in the fight against diabetes and cancer, and creating a space for research in India. In Mythbreaker, author Seema Singh brings alive Mazumdar-Shaw's three-decade journey through a motley cast of characters - scientists, ministries, pharma rivals, FMCG giants - who came together to produce a narrative that is remarkable for its randomness, luck and relentless pursuit of the next scientific breakthrough.