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Mind Without Fear

Written by: Rajat Gupta
Narrated by: Rajat K. Gupta
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
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Publisher's Summary

For nine years, Rajat Gupta led McKinsey & Co. - the first foreign-born person to head the world’s most influential management consultancy. He was also the driving force behind major initiatives such as the Indian School of Business and the Public Health Foundation of India. A globally respected figure, he sat on the boards of distinguished philanthropic institutions such as the Gates Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and corporations including Goldman Sachs, American Airlines, and Procter & Gamble. 

In 2011, to the shock of the international business community, Gupta was arrested and charged with insider trading. Against the backdrop of public rage and recrimination that followed the financial crisis, he was found guilty and sentenced to two years in jail. Throughout his trial and imprisonment, Gupta has fought the charges and maintains his innocence to this day. 

In this book, Gupta recalls his unlikely rise from orphan to immigrant to international icon as well as his dramatic fall from grace. He writes movingly about his childhood losses, reflects on the challenges he faced as a student and young executive in the United States, and offers a rare inside glimpse into the elite and secretive culture of McKinsey, “the Firm”. And for the first time, he tells his side of the story in the scandal that destroyed his career and reputation. Candid, compelling, and poignant, Gupta’s memoir is much more than a courtroom drama; it is an extraordinary tale of human resilience and personal growth.  

©2019 Rajat K. Gupta (P)2019 Rajat K. Gupta

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A true Karma yogi

I am deeply touched by the circumstances Rajat Gupta went through, it's the Destiny. A brave heart. A true story of a great human being.

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Mr. Gupta is an inspiration. Amazing!

This book was awe-inspiring. Loved the narration and honest perspective about so many issues in our society. Must be read by every professional to understand the complexity in today's world. Many a times there is no black or white, but grey areas in life's tricky situation.

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one of the best book I read so far

it's very catching....kept me glued till the end. I loved the way he moved forward and backward in his journey.

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Every decision we take has an everlasting impact

Really a good book on reiteration of the fact that doesn't matter how great you are and you presume yourself to be all this is going to end someday. All that you need is a few good friendsamd a Happy Family. Mr. Gupta has really put these perspectives at the forefront and finding a peace with oneself is really touching. The impact of Bhagvad Gita is all too impactful. Nice Read and goes on to tell you what shouldn't have been done

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turn of human life

a touching story and highly motivational.it shows that turn of human life is highly unpredictable.

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amazing, stirring, and motivating book

this is a must read for all. I strongly, strongly recommend this. brings out what is justice and injustice. forgiveness and detachment.

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Gripping account of inspirational life. Deeply engrossing, which gets you thinking on the meaning of life. No hesitation All Star rating

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Outstanding

I throughly enjoyed this book and a great read for anyone. I believe him and completely agree he is innocent and respect his view of forgiveness rather than vengeance. As a beneficiary of his hardwork being a graduate of ISB I have seen first hand the good he has done. I will always be a supporter for what ever initiative he puts his time toward. Mr Gupta you are truly a role model.

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a great American corporate and humanitarian

Mr Rajat Gupta a much deserving name in contribution to humanitarian and US corporate environment, narrating the series of incident from his childhood struggles and striving hard on each phase of life till the false alleging for insider trading ( caused by inefficient us legal bureaucracy). Regret to note that contributions by Mr Rajat was cut short due to this incident, world would have been a far more better place had your efforts were made good use of during the years wasted. I hope to see you soon back on what you did best, being the best in whatever you did, setting examples and benchmarks never set before. Much proud of Mr Rajat as a fellow Indian. thank you.

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Grit. Tenacity.

in difficult times, religion, pious thoughts gives you the grit. to sustain to endure. and yet come as victor.

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  • Old Monk
  • 29-04-19

It ain't so Joe

I had to apologize for recommending Rajat Gupta’s book to friends after having heard only the fist 2 hours. The book fell flat after that and turned into a banal recounting of his life story which has been told in a much shorter form in countless articles both in the west and in India. I personally thought Billionaires Apprentice was a much better book, more pacy and told multiple sides of the story with many more characters and left the reader to decide if he did it. After listening to Rajat’s book I’m not sure I’ve been enlightened more that before. If I was to score the audiobook, I’ll give it highest marks for delivery. He has read it well for a first time performer. But other than that. It’s a flat 2 on plot. I’ll also give his publisher, high marks for getting the audiobook out and more importantly for getting him to read it himself (although I have a feeling he wanted to tell his story after not having testified at the trail). The promotion of the book has been relentless in India with Rajat giving hourlong interviews to every notable journalist and news outlet. While most interviews have been sympathetic and hence more about his sob story and book promotion, I found Madhu Trehan’s interview on Newslaundry more balanced (bit leaning on the critical and questioning side) and worth watching.

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  • 19-09-20

Takudzwa Caitano

The best memoir I have ever read!This made me fall in love with reading !

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  • Vivek Vishwakarma
  • 07-04-20

Inspirational

Its a good read. very well narrated and detailed insight about life of Rajat Gupta.

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  • Anil Maheshwari
  • 16-03-20

Great book on Mind and the Times of an exceptionally accomplished person

I finished listening to Rajat Gupta’s memoir ‘Mind without Fear’ in just two sessions. It is a compelling story. He had the good luck to be the right person in the right place to become first non (white) American managing director of MicKinsey & Co, when the firm was ripe to go global. He was the wrong guy at the wrong time when he entered the financial markets with the wrong guy, and got the wrong overzealous prosecutor thus getting jailed for two years. He draws inspiration from his father who was an ICS officer but resigned Gandhiji’s call for freedom and was jailed and beaten mercilessly with permanent damage. He also draws inspiration from Rabindranath Tagore, whose beautiful poetry threads the book and gives it the title of Mind without Fear. He also draws solace from his strong family and the many friends who stood with him and believed his story. He however deeply regrets not taking the stand and testifying in his own trial, as he received overwhelming advice from his lawyers and his family that allowing the prosecutor to question him directly will be too risky. At the end of it all, he comes out of the ordeal with his head held high, without much bitterness for those who deserted him including the McKinsey firm who dismissed him summarily and took his name off their alumni list. I believe Rajat Gupta’s story, as I have done over the years. He is a fellow IITD alumnus ten years my senior. I met him at Pan-IIT meets in 2007 and 2009. He looked handsome and seemed very honest and a good listener. I do remember some of the stories of the next few years as the attorney Preet Bharara with political ambitions set his sights on a fellow successful Indian. There was a story in the Indian press about Preet Bharara and Dr Sanjay Gupta, whose moms knew each other from India, about who is doing better in the US. I recall a feeling of a certain revulsion at that approach to achieving success by beating down an iconic fellow Indian. Some of my well-meaning friends however felt at that time that greed and power had gotten the better of Rajat Gupta. Rajat Gupta has done much good work including seting up Indian School of Business and the Public Health Foundation of India. He also started the Global Fund against three major diseases. These inspirational stories are laid out in great detail in the book. That alone makes the book worthy of attention. What the book does not tell is that none other than Narayana Murthy, the founder of Infosys, compared Rajat Gupta with Jawaharlal Nehru for having started two world class organizations in India. I also salute Rajat for his great work. May God grant him strength to continue his good work. He wants to work on the American penal system which he observed from the inside and found deeply lacking. He should write a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, the book that he read during his incarceration and which helped him come out stronger, with malice towards none and with his head held high.

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  • Gary F
  • 07-12-19

Phenomenal listen

really everything you would want In A Book Like This brutally honest interesting and absolutely riveting.

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  • E. Conroy
  • 02-11-19

Redundant and self-pitying

I have read nearly a dozen books related to the 2008 insider trading trials; this one is my least favorite. I admire Mr. Gupta and worked with some of the related firms during the subprime crisis, but after the first few hours, he sounds smug and indignant. Instead of telling his story and pleading for change, he sounds entitled and repeated his insistence of innocence and blamed everything around him: Raj, the prosecution, his own lawyers, the media (especially the media). Mr. Gupta relies incessantly on his credentials and connections as though that alone should place him above suspicion. Mr. Gupta did an excellent job for a first time narrator, but his editors did not do him justice by keeping in some of the written material.

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  • Sudhir
  • 20-08-19

An amazing story!

An amazing read. Very impressive story telling. Pretty emotional too. Totally nitpicking but the one thing which you got wrong (I think) was your grand dad giving two rupees from under the bed for sweets. Assuming that was appx 60 years ago - 2 rupees in Calcutta would have been a lot for sweets.

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  • Abhirup Choudhury
  • 25-07-19

truly inspiring!

Loved it! Hearing the words spoken by the author himself makes the narrative quite relatable.

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  • Anil H
  • 23-06-19

Honest and Inspirational

Mr. Gupta's career and professional acheivements have always been inspirational and motivational, so have been his tireless pursuits for human welfare. This book seems to be very honest and I have a sense of beleif he did not commit the crime he was convicted for. I greatly admire is his profound sense of persevarance, deriving spiritual optimism and spiritual intelligence from Bhagavad Geeta, ultimately emerging from the difficult sentence like a winner.

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  • Rishabh Parakh
  • 04-05-19

Excellent narration and story

Rajat Gupta, one of the most successful Indian immigrants to the US, narrates a gripping and insightful life story of his incarceration and US justice system. He deeps dive into how the SEC framed him unjustly in insider trading while ignoring the main banker culprits.

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  • vivek menon
  • 31-12-19

Honest, sincere and calming

Mr. Gupta’s account of his life, career and misdemeanours touches a chord. Anarchy of destiny best articulates the feeling for me. However the positive take away has been the strength he derives during his stint at the prison. A definitive must read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-08-19

speechless

a journey it has been listening to it in his own voice. God bless sir

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  • Anne
  • 26-07-19

This is an inspiring and valuable book. Thank you for writing your story, Rajat!

Some 37 years ago, Rajat interviewed and ultimately hired me for a support staff job at McKinsey Copenhagen. Over the years when contemplating my work history, I often thought of Rajat as being instrumental in terms of how I viewed leadership and the thoughts I had about myself in relation to work ethics, developing myself as a professsional and how I wanted to be in terms of contributing to the team I was a part of. So - needless to say - I was deeply alarmed when I learned through the annual McKinsey alumni get-togethers that Rajat had been convicted of insider trading. I could not really believe it - as I felt his character was not that of a greedy inside trader, but rather that of a humanitarian wanting to use his power and influence to do good. But I did not know. So I am deeply relieved to know what is the truth - and I totally believe that Rajat is innocent of the crimes he has been accused of. I marvel at Rajat’s thinking and his cultivation of his inner, spiritual journey during the last decade where he and his family have had to endure such atrocities. It is truly a mind without fear that will endure such inhumane acts from fellow human beings and still maintain his dignity, love and insistence on doing good in the world. What an inspiration!

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  • A S
  • 21-04-19

Great Biography

A true icon. So glad that I listened to the audiobook narrated by the man himself.