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From Peter Thiel to Eric Schmidt: Tarun Lala lists 5 books that changed his life

The Fanzart ED said that these books have motivated him, and reduced stress.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Oct 08, 2019, 10.48 AM IST
Tarun Lala loves reading.
Tarun Lala loves reading.
Luxury fan brand, Fanzart's executive director, Tarun Lala loves reading. The top boss shares his top five books that have impacted his life.

He told ET Panache, "There is a saying that goes 'People don’t realise how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book', reason being the more we read the more we comprehend the world around us better. Books have the capability of stimulating our creativity by exercising our imagination; they not only make us better in communicating but also educate us, motivate us and reduce our stress. I am fond of biographies and autobiographies in particular."

The stories of the people, their journeys, portray resilience, beating odds, innovation, achievement and epiphanies are what he loves and so these books make his top five.

1. 'The Man Behind The Wheel' by Tim Bouquet:
It discerns the journey of Apollo Tyres from the aspect of three generations of the Singh-Kanwar Family. Their story reflects innovation, ambition and how their hankering of dreams created something so colossal despite all the disarray it brought within their lives. It made me more and more embolden to achieve my ambition. Their family went through constant ups and downs yet they did not lose hope and stayed firm and this helped me to stay positive and tenacious no matter what curveball I came across.

2. 'How Google Works' by Eric Schmidt:
It would be the next book on my list. Their odyssey of Google from a start-up to an all-encompassing model and everything they learnt about management is simply monumental and sure did make me advance my managerial skills. Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg revealed their hiring criteria’s that would help the company grow and that galvanized me to hire people who will add value to the product and our culture.

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Nerd Mode On

28 Aug, 2019
Recently the Indian captain made headlines for his reading choice during the opening Test between India and the West Indies.Team India captain Virat Kohli wears many hats – batsman, model, fashion curator - but one title that few associate with him is bookworm. When he’s not playing cricket, practising his swing or hitting the gym, the right-handed batsman loves to relax with a good book, as evidenced by this tweet.We take a look at some of the books that make the ‘nerd’ in Kohli happy.(Image: Twitter/ViratKohli)

3. 'The Undercover Economist' by Tim Harfold:
It taught me the knows and how’s of commerce in our everyday lives and how to work your way through it with wit. Tim explains how Starbucks offers a distinctive choice of coffee, the difference in cost among all of them is less than a penny, they use these different prices to extract from each customer whatever that person is willing to pay and this helped me learn the technique of conjoining commerce and entrepreneurial skills.

4. 'Zero To One' by Peter Thiel
Effort-to-reward ratio is how I now calculate everything in life based.

5. 'Predictably Irrational' by Dan Ariely
It has put forth a comprehensive study on how market norms vary according to different kinds of social norms in its fourth chapter and that made me more involved in matters pertaining to ethics, norm, psychology, trust and rationale in an entrepreneurship.

"All the above books have a distinct study on people, their psychology, trust, hidden aspects of economics and they sure did pave a great altering perception for me to view the world. As an entrepreneur, they made me believe in myself and strengthened my vision to build a prosperous luxury brand," Lala ended.

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The Man Who Pens Gold

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A master storyteller, a craftsman of words, Amitav Ghosh who turns 63 today is so much more than just the author of bestselling books. Ghosh is the first English author to be conferred the Jnanpith Award 2018 for his outstanding contribution to English literature. His writing has this innate ability to connect the past with the present and weave through beautifully varied worlds. While reading his works, one can easily traverse from the historical era to the modern era. Ghosh has often said that although he writes in English, but he processes his thoughts in Bengali. The author had a multicultural upbringing what with spending his formative years in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He currently resides in New York with his wife Deborah Baker. The author's works deal with themes of history, travel, political strife, diaspora, love. They tend to go across borders, countries, are often larger-than-life. The winner of numerous awards, his work has been translated into more than 30 languages and has served on the juries of Locarno and Venice film festivals. His latest offering, 'Gun Island' is a thought-provoking piece about climate change, migration and the refugee crisis. Here's a look at five must-reads of the author:

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