Books about Indian Businesses & Entrepreneurs

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TATA: The Evolution of a Corporate Brand by Witzel, Morgen (2012) Hardcover
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  The Greatest Company In The World? The Story of TATA
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The Greatest Company In The World? The Story of TATA

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.

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The Polyester Prince
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The Polyester Prince

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.

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The Fabric of Our Lives
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The Fabric of Our Lives

by Radhika Singh

About the book:  Festschrift to mark fifty years of the company.

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India Inc.
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India Inc.

by Pep C,Piks M,India Williams

About the book:  Through in-depth interviews, tells the stories of India's top entrepreneurs.

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Narayana Murthy and the Legend of Infosys
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Narayana Murthy and the Legend of Infosys

by Siddharth Iyer

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Bhujia Barons
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Bhujia Barons

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.

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Business: The Emami Way
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Business: The Emami Way

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.

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Mythbreaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech
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Mythbreaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech

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.

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Whatever the Odds
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Whatever the Odds

by K. P. Singh,Ramesh Menon,Raman Swamy

About the book:  Autobiography of Kushal Pal Singh, b. 1931, real estate developer, chairman and CEO of DLF Limited.

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Sahara
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Sahara

by Tamal Bandyopadhyay

About the book:  FEATURES EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with SUBRATA ROY EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SUBRATA ROY AND SAHARA INDIA PARIWAR, BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK… Sahara: The Untold Story is based on painstaking research to demystify India’s most secretive and largely unlisted conglomerate, the Sahara India Pariwar. It also delves into the group’s ongoing legal battle with the market regulator. Entrepreneur Subrata Roy, the guardian angel of the group, whose feet are touched by everybody in the Pariwar, wants to reach out to a million lives and feels impeded and shuttered in by regulations. So the clash with the regulators was inevitable. But when a regulator slams one door, maverick Roy opens another. This play has been on since 1978, when Sahara was set up. Roy is well known for glamour and his association with film stars, cricketers and politicians. He exudes patriotism, with a statue of Bharat Mata (the presiding deity of the group) on a chariot driven by four fierce-looking lions adorning his headquarters in Lucknow. He is the Robin Hood of a country where only 35% of the adult population has access to formal banking services. This India and its millions of illiterate poor depositors stand in awe and admiration of him. But does he also exploit them? Do these poor people actually keep money with him or are they fronting for others? EXCERPT FROM THE SAHARA INDIA PARIWAR DISCLAIMER ‘The book at best can be treated as a perspective of the author with all its defamatory content, insinuation and other objections, which prompted us to exercise our right to approach the court of law in order to save the interest of the organization and its crores of depositors and 12 lakh workers.’ TamalBandyopadhyay, a deputy managing editor of Mint, is one of the most respected business journalists in India. Tamal has kept a close watch of the financial sector for over a decade and a half and has had a ringside view of the enormous changes in Indian finance and banking over this period. His first book, A Bank for the Buck, released by P Chidambaram in November 2012, has been a non-fiction bestseller.

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The Maruti Story : How A Public Sector Company Put India On Wheels
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The Maruti Story : How A Public Sector Company Put India On Wheels

by R C Bhargava

About the book:  A story that proves that Indians when empowered can change the course of history The targets were stupendous and almost unachievable. Slightly over two years to find a suitable partner, finalize all legal documentation, build a factory, create a sales and service network and develop and launch a people's car that would sell 100,000 a year, in a sector where Indian expertise was limited.

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The Vijay Mallya Story
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The Vijay Mallya Story

by K. Giriprakash

About the book:  The Vijay Mallya Story is an extraordinarily detailed and lively chronicle of the life of one of India’s most celebrated and reviled businessmen—Vijay Mallya. His extraordinary career spans three decades and is spread across multiple industries. The book covers Mallya’s childhood, his relationship with his father and his inherent deal making abilities. It tracks his meteoric rise with Kingfisher and how the airline led to his downfall. K. Giriprakash has closely followed Vijay Mallya’s career over the last two decades which gives him a unique vantage point to draw an extraordinary portrait of a man whom everyone is fascinated by but not many know.

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A Bank for the Buck
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A Bank for the Buck

by Tamal Bandopadhyaya

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The Inspiring Journey of a Hero
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The Inspiring Journey of a Hero

by Priya Kumar

About the book:  O. P. Munjal started hero cycles in 1956, fuelled by meagre resources and an insatiable ambition. His vision was to create an inexpensive and effective mode of transportation for a post-independence nation on the move. The rest, as they say, is history: hero cycles went on to become the world's largest bicycle manufacturer. This book chronicles the life of o. P. Munjal through anecdotes from his professional and personal life. He proved that a people-focused management style could be superior to the process-driven systems of the west. The book is a result of extensive conversations with o. P. Munjal, hero employees, dealers, and family members. Join bestselling author priya kumar as she takes you on a roller-coaster ride seen through the lens of a visionary with the soul of a poet.

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Havells
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Havells

by Herodotus

About the book:  Widely referred to as the “Father of History”, Greek Historian Herodotus lived during the 5th century BC and “The Histories” is generally accepted as the first work of historical literature in Western Civilization. Departing from the ancient Homeric tradition of treating historical subjects as epically romantic figures, Herodotus instead approached his subjects with a systematic method of investigation. “The Histories” of Herodotus describe the important wars of the fifth century BC. This work conveys the careful research and deliberate documentation of martial battles between the Greek city-states and the Persian Empire. The reasons for his efforts, as explained by Herodotus, were to preserve the memory and glory of human achievements and deeds, as well as to record why the Greco-Persian Wars took place. Organized in nine books, which are named after the Muses, he unfolds the various battles while making a comparison of the widely differing governments of the antagonists. In undertaking his “Histories,” Herodotus unfolds a holistic view of the classical world with considerable narrative skill and charisma. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper, follows the translation of George Rawlinson, includes an introduction by George Swayne, and a preface by H. L. Havell.

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