A Life of JRD Beyond the Last Blue Mountain PDF/EPUB

  • Hardcover
  • A Life of JRD Beyond the Last Blue Mountain
  • R.M. Lala
  • English
  • 10 December 2016
  • 9780670844302

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A Life of JRD Beyond the Last Blue MountainI was always fascinated by this gentleman Mr JRD Tata whenever my father used to tell stories about him when I was in my teens I wanted to read and know about him Picked up this book Beyond the last blue mountain by RM Lala It was an amazing read about this great man This book tells about his life and his journey with TATA industries It gives in detail about the many industries which started under his leadership and his personal life I know that aiming at perfection has its drawbacks It makes you go into details that you can avoid but that is the only way you can achieve excellence So in that case being finicky is essential” – JRD TataWhen JRD was 61 he wrote to Calcutta educationist That nothing worthwhile is ever achieved without deep thought and hard work;That one must think of oneself and never accept at their face value slogans and catch phrases to which unfortunately our people are too easily susceptible;That one must forever strive for excellence over perfection in any task however small and never be satisfied with the second best; That no success or achievement in material terms is worthwhile unless it serves the needs or interests of the country and its people and is achieved by fair and honest means;That good human relations not only bring great personal rewards but are essential to the success of any enterprise This is the biography of JRD Tata the patriarch of the biggest industrial house in India comparable in stature to Forbes Rockefeller or Du Pont He pioneered aviation in India and presided over the development of the country's steel cement truck and vegetable oils industry This book was an insightful read into the journey of JRD Tata and his wonderful multi dimensional life spanning defining decades of 20th century India To put things in perspective he was the first commercial air pilot of India had his schooling done in Paris Yokohama and India and was chairman of Tata Sons holding company of all Tata companies for 52 years The turnover of Tata group rose from Rs 17 crore to Rs 10000 crore He founded first commercial airlines of India Air India and nurtured companies in sectors as diverse as trucking chemicals and electronics JRD Tata at the apex of biggest industrial empire of the time was one of the important people of the country He had a vantage point from where he made important contributions to Tata empire and India TIFR TAS TISS IISC were some of the institutions that were started in his tenure Reading it gives an glimpse into the Tata ethos of nation building and trusteeship of shareholder's wealth As you walk through his life you invariably glean insight on his contemporaries and other important people from 1930s til 1980s Jawaharlal Nehru Mahatma Gandhi Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel GD Birla Morarji Desai Dr Homi Bhabha Tata directors civil servants and people from other countries Does this man need any review ? No This book gives all the info one needs to know Rating 45 out of 5 Terrific read overall My rating however is prejudiced by the fact that I admire the Tatas and this book gave me reasons to feel that way The book is full of lovely anecdotes and is tight in its overarching analysis of the key components of JRD's life What makes it even enjoyable is JRD's introspection on his own life What inspired me the most was reading the growth story of India through the growth story of the Tatas be it the setting up of the steel plants the aviation sector the research institutes there are so many things that Indians take for granted today that reuired monumental efforts of several men and women many years ago I found myself overcome with emotion both happy and sad at several points in JRD's life partly due to the events themselves and partly due to the extraordinary writing of Mr Lala The only significant drawback for me was the rather large chapter on aviation While it is only apt that India's first licensed pilot gets a chunk of his biography devoted to his first love there were certain parts that were needlessly lengthy and rather boring However this wasn't enough to stop me from loving the book An easy read An insight into the life and times of one of the greatest industrialists is India Filled with interesting anecdotes and inspiring incidents it's a breeze to go thruHowever it completely steers clear of any controversial or grey aspects of JRD's personality Which is a shortcoming Super Man and super book A must read to know about the greatest Indian Company It is a magic that revolves around the main character of this bookSome books are famous because of the prose and language artistry that the author has been able to impart in to the strokes of penAnd some books become famous because of the story that the writer weaves around the character or the other way roundThis book comes in the later categorywhere the character is the reason behind anyone loving or hating or just passing this book with little effectJRD Tata is character whom you will find lucky and lucid at times and strong and stern at other He was a real thinker thinker of his deeds and of his decisions constant reviewer and regardless to say a well established visionary who saw things coming years before they actually arrivedThe one thing that holds you in the whole book is the lesson you learn to actually not just think about any issuetopicproblem but to start working on the same at the ground level no matter however slow or small but efforts need to be constant and consistent in their approach and sure they will reach a certain height at their own courseJRD Tata was man of stature and constant doer the book reveals at many times that he believed in work than worship and found his joy in accomplishing things from zero to endNeedless to say that this a book whoever wants to learn and grow in life and who believes that being able to do something is the reason of their existence or else everything is going on anyways whether they deem fit to bother themselves with any thought or not Excellent book to read This book not only encapsulates the zestful effervescent life of JRD but also goes on to illustrate the wide ranging contributions of JRD and the Tata group to India One gets to experience a slice of history years after Independence especially in the areas of industrial and public policy sector the state of industries and how policies were made thenWhat was surprising for me is the degree of contributions JRD spearheaded and helped in the establishment of all premier institutions which I had known till date namely TISS IISc TIFR the lush green Tata Management Center it was behind my hostel room in Wadias hostel NFAI etc The man's penchant for perfection and dedication to country and his work comes out clearly through the pages What appealed me the most about JRD is he was an adventurer at heart and used to regularly exercise till his twilight years One needs to read this book to get to know how the Tatas and JRD himself has contributed to the growth of India Thanks to the author for bringing such a close portrayal of the great man to us Gives a very detailed account of JRD’s life which also seems to reflect the workings of TATA as a company The chapters do not fall in chronological order but rather dealt as major events in his life The book also reflects the “how things are done” during the 50’s 60’s and 70’s of India Detailed summaries from letter correspondences between JRD and other personalities finely illustrates his elouence in communication Many detailed aspects into his life could have been avoided to keep the narration to a minimum but at the same time portray the personality of JRD I had to stop reading in between as the narration changed from interesting events to rather mundane The collection of photographs included within offers a rather nice distraction from the text

About the Author: R.M. Lala

Russi M Lala Gujarati રુસ્સિ લાલા 22 August 1928 – 19 October 2012 was a Parsi author known for his chronicles of the Tatas editor and publisher When he was 19 he entered the profession of book publishing in 1951 From 1959 to 1963 he established the first publishing house from India in London 1959 Russi M Lala graduated with History Honours from Bombay University Journalism was hi