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National Read a Book Day 6th September, National read a book day is an annual awareness day that encourages all of us to take a break from our bus

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National Read a Book Day

6th September, National read a book day is an annual awareness day that encourages all of us to take a break from our busy schedules and indulge ourselves in the world of books. We bring to you various books that would provide you with the knowledge and skills you would need ahead in your life. The primary focus of this blog is to instill the habit of reading in students and prepare them to face the corporate world.  

We reached out to some of our esteemed faculty members for suggestions on books that they found insightful and would encourage their students to read which would help them expand their horizons. 

CA Madhura Ranade

Assistant Professor at Symbiosis Institute of International Business

Book: “The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing” by Benjamin Graham and Jason Zweig

The book talks about how “The Intelligent Investor” is based on value investing, an approach Graham began teaching at Columbia Business School in 1928 and subsequently refined with David Dodd. This sentiment was echoed by other Graham disciples such as Irving Kahn and Walter Schloss. The Intelligent Investor also marks a significant deviation to stock selection from Graham’s earlier works, such as Security Analysis.

Ms. Neha Yadav

Assistant Professor at Symbiosis Institute of International Business

Book: “Alchemy – The surprising power of ideas that don’t make sense” by Ogilvy Vice Chairman Rory Sutherland.

 The book emphasizes on The Placebo Effect. She states Placebo effect – Yes, We hear and believe in its existence. We may think, We are rational creatures as a management decision-maker, as businesses rely on the assumption based on logical evidence. But every management guy must know this isn’t true. The best of ideas are not based on cognition but affect. We feel more than we think. This book is all about building idea alchemists out of normal management graduates. 

Ms. Suchita Jha

Assistant Professor at Symbiosis Institute of International Business

Book: “Positioning” by Al Ries & Jack Trout

The book deals with an important component of marketing that is “positioning”. The author offers fresh insight into why positioning a product in a prospective customer’s mind is one of the most important strategies in business.

Dr. Dharmesh K Mishra

Associate Professor at Symbiosis Institute of International Business

Book: “Beyond The Last Blue Mountain: A life of J.R.D Tata” by R M Lala

The book is the biography of J.R.D. Tata, the man behind the biggest industrial house in India. He pioneered aviation in India and presided over the development of the country’s steel, cement, truck, and vegetable oil industries. The book showcases his leadership, grit, creativity, indomitable spirit, perseverance, passion, and empathy for the stakeholders in all of his endeavors. Truly, he is an idol to inspire and emulate.

Mr. Sushant Malik

Assistant Professor at Symbiosis Institute of International Business

Book: “The Undercover Economist” by Tim Harford

The book talks about real-life problems and uses economic tools to probe them. The author addresses some basic questions like why is coffee so costly at the airports to some advanced ones such as the reason behind China’s growth. The book is surely a must-read to start learning Economics.

Dr. Jeevan Nagarkar

Assistant Professor at Symbiosis Institute of International Business

Book: “Thinking Fast & Slow” by Daniel Kahneman

The book talks about how our behaviour is determined by two systems in our mind: One system has an impulsive bent while thinking, and the other is rather aware and considerate with a purpose. The key is to find a balance, and understand where you can and can not trust the gut feeling, and to utilize both types of thinking to enhance the understanding of our surroundings and make sense out of it.

Dr. Sandip Solanki

Associate Professor and HOD – International Business at Symbiosis Institute of International Business

Book: “My way, Success Mantras of 12 Achievers” by Derek O’Brien

The book is all about how important it is for one to understand what success means which is explained in a series of essays by people who have reached the pinnacle of their professions. The book delves into the pressures, motivations, and mindsets that bring about success in any venture. Further, Dr. Solanki highlights that even though winning is important, the journey is more meaningful.

Ms. Smita Santoki                   

Assistant Professor at Symbiosis Institute of International Business

Book: “Sebastian & Sons” by T.M. Krishna 

The book listed a few key management learnings some of which are: How one should never forget the roots one belongs to, humble beginnings and efforts, follow your passion and don’t give up, come what may Study your Competition and Competitors well, always keep learning and improving upon your skills and Respect everyone around you, irrespective of their cadre.

Dr. Shubhasheesh Bhattacharya

Professor and HOD – HR at Symbiosis Institute of International Business

Book: “Who Moved My Cheese” by Dr. Spencer Johnson

The book revolves around four characters; two mice named Sniff and Scurry, and two little people named Hem and Haw. The four live at a small place which represents our physical environment. Their goal is to look for cheese, representing life’s happiness and success. Cheese a metaphor for what we want to have in life. It could be a good job, a loving relationship, money, health, happiness. The very core message of the book is: things constantly change so we must adapt. The quicker we adapt, the better it will be for us. 

Ms. Nisha Bharti

Assistant Professor and HOD – Agribusiness Management at Symbiosis Institute of International Business

Book: “Farming Futures” by Ajit Kanitkar and C. Shambu Prasad

Ms. Bharti believes that the innovative agricultural startups featured in the book would be very helpful for management students and budding entrepreneurs. Fifteen case studies on social ventures in the agriculture sector have been looked at by the author and in-depth analysis of the challenges faced by each entrepreneur in taking their idea forward. It will surely help the budding entrepreneurs to learn from the situations faced by enterprises.

Dr. Viraja Bhat

Associate Professor at Symbiosis Institute of International Business

Book: “Ajaya: Roll of the Dice” by Anant Neelakantan

This book depicts the epic- Mahabharata from the point of view of the Kaurava.

The book talks about research, logical steps, and the liberty to choose a perspective that can lead to a humongous change in the result. If you have the vision to look at things from various perspectives, then the right decisions are easier taken and work is done. On the throne sits the Blind King, two ambitious women who want their first-born to be the rulers and amidst the chaos, the great tale of Mahabharata unfolds from Prince Duryodhan’s perspective. The writer answers, from his refreshing perspective, the question we all have had since our childhood, “If Duryodhan was such an evil man, why did great men like Bhishma, Drona, Kripa and the entire army of Krishna, fight the war on his side?” This view takes us on the journey to question our heroes and gives a chance to the other characters to explain their situation, their point of view, and their dilemmas.

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