I developed a new habit of late; to buy non-fiction books from Airport shops while travelling to places and read them keenly during waiting period and afterwards. One of them is 'Men of Steel : India's Business Leaders in candid conversation - with Vir Sanghvi', which I picked up in Hyderabad Airport on 8th August.
Sanghvi interviewed all these men on TV and compiled in to a book during 2005. Those covered include 01. Ratan Tata-Chairman-Tata Group, 02. Nandan Nilekani-MD & CEO-Infosys-Bangalore, 03. Kumar Mangalam Birla-Chairman-Aditya Birla Group, 04. Sunil Bharti Mittal-Chairman & MD-Bharti Group, 05.Rajeev Chandrasekhar-Former Chairman & CEO-BPL Mobile-Bangalore, 06. Azim Premji-Chairman & MD-Wipro Ltd-Bangalore, 07. Subhash Chandra-Chairman-Zee Telefilms and Essel Group, 08. Uday Kotak-Vice Chairman & MD-Kotak Group of Companies, 09. Bikki Oberoi-Vice Chairman & MD-East India Hotels-Mumbai, 10. Nusli Wadia - Chairman-Wadia Group of Companies-Mumbai, and 11. Vijay Mallya-Chairman-UB Group-Bangalore - all of whom had tasted success in business in modern India before and after the Economic Reforms and opening up of Indian economy with LPG.
Each one of the above businessman have his own special traits. All of them underwent tough times in life and business. Vir Sanghvi's interviews are candid and straight. He probes into their deep thoughts and writes for our benefit in this book. The back cover page says 'Nobody who wants to understand the contours of the Indian success story can afford not to read this book. It is a highly readable insight into the new India.'