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The books that shaped my life

Every issue, we ask a prominent businessperson about the books that made them the people they are today. This month: Naresh Wadhwa, President and Country Manager, Cisco, India and SAARC.

Anumeha Chaturvedi | Print Edition: January 10, 2010

Bhagavad Gita, Maharshi Ved Vyas
The Gita is something I always go back to. Every sentence is so powerful and every time I read it, I derive a different meaning out of it. The biggest lesson it taught me was to do the right thing and then, to let life take its course.

Amar Chitra Katha, Anant Pai
As a young boy, I loved reading Indian folk tales, especially the Amar Chitra Katha series. The simplistic fables from Indian mythology are a treasure trove of practical wisdom. But more importantly, these comics transported me into another world altogether and were a great get-away from homework.

Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors shaped Globalization, Nayan Chanda
Through a descriptive narrative, Chanda takes the reader through journeys that began from early agrarian societies to our twenty-first century world of telecommunications, networks and silicon chips. The book looks beyond the usual economic and political aspects to define globalisation from a historical and social perspective.

India after Gandhi, Ramachandra Guha
This book is an interesting read on the forces that have shaped modern-day India. It offers fascinating insights on Partition and tells us why our multi-ethnic, multilingual nation has shaped the way it has, over the years.

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