~ T.S. Venkatesan
Technocrat T Jaganathan is the author of two management books from quoting our bhartiya literature like Mahabharat, Ramayan, bhagvat gita and grandma stories as problem solving formula. His first book was released last year and second one in 14 of this month.
He told our correspondent that he started reading Ramayana, Mahabharatam and the Bhagavat Gita in his school days. Little he did realize that it will one day lead him to write a self-help book.
He said “ The spark could come from a conversation with friends, books or TV shows. Many a time I get ideas from social media. I make use of a cloud page – One note – to capture ideas when they strike and then develop them into a story. It is a wonderful experience, a good exercise for brain and develops logical thiking. It happened accidentally. When I started, reading more books on Bharatiya culture and literature, I shared the same to my friends and employees through e mails, what’s app.
I posted them as “Monday Musings” to motivate them every week. Jaganathan is the managing director of a IT firm. He also writes on blog pages. “This went on every Monday for over 25 week. Looking at the positive feedback received from the readers of my blog, I decided to become a writer and publish the compilation as a book. The book ‘Management immemorial ‘ was published last year.
He said “ I talk about15 management traits, categorized into three attitudes, skill and leadership. I use the Bharatiya literature to explain each trait spiced with stories, anecdotes, quotes and my experience as a technocrat, managing director of IT firm. I firmly believe that using Bharatiya literature quotes to learn personality development makes it more edge gained lasts long. My book is useful for those wishing to develop their career. This book priced at Rs.250 is available in Notionpress.com, an online e-commerce platform in India, Malaysia and Singapore.
Jaganathan has launched his second book on 14th of this month. He said “the new book co-authored with Sampath Kumar and Hema Rajagopalan, “ Grandma in the Board Room” (GIBR) is a gripping corporate saga of a current-day IT company, EmergePro, in the crucial years between the Chennai floods to the COVID19 lockdown. Emerge Pro is about to make a path breaking announcement.
The protagonist of the story Krishna Prasad (KP), after a successful stint as its CEO, steering EmergePro from decline to unimaginable growth within a span of five years, is the architect of this surprise move”.
The story begins with an employee get-together, where the suspense is to be broken with an announcement by the founder. It weaves through the memory shares of the past five years of the stakeholders in this growth story. KP, an outsider CEO recruited before Chennai floods, has to find his way through the maze of corporate relationships and win the support of a diverse and disinclined leadership team.
The journey winds through diverse ethnicity and leadership styles – weak leader Ananth Ram, indifferent Subendu Das, intimidatingly aggressive Suhas Ratnam, caring MD Rengarajan, faithful Neha Khosla, naïve and enthusiastic Krithika, talented but not-so-confident Ashok Kumar, ever-grateful Swetha Prakash, etc. – a complex intertwined spaghetti of minds.
KP has to carefully use his fork without breaking the links. How the wisdom of the stories KP had learned in his childhood from his grandma helps him overcome the challenges faced by him is a great learning and a great read as well.
“KP like any typical Indian, grew up with the stories told by his grandmother. Stories, not only from Ramayana, and Mahabharatha, but also the Panchatantra, Jataka and even the historic myths of Birbal and Tenali Raman. He has watched his grandmother tackle household crisis by narrating stories and no one, even vendors, or the relatives or even the neighbours were immune to her story telling and problem solving through stories.
Grandma appears in every hurdle he faces and stands strongly by his side in Board room meetings. Grandma guides him to steer EmergePro to unbelievable heights. In the end KP announces a new paradigm for EmergePro unheard of in Corporate India. This book goes to prove that management is not just about B-schools and adopted theories, can be learnt from age old Bhartiya classical stories and literature” asserts Jaganathan
The book is available in all online stores like amazon, Flipkart etc. Can be purchased from https://www.amazon.in/Grandma-Board-Room-Jaganathan-T/dp/1638327777
Cost of the book is Rs.349. A 25% launch discount is available if purchased from Notion Press Online store Grandma in the Board Room (notionpress.com) https://notionpress.com/read/grandma-in-the-board-room.