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Winner of the Gaja Capital Business Book Prize 2019

The 19th century was an exciting time of initiative and enterprise around the world. If John D. Rockefeller was creating unimagined wealth in the United States that he would put to the service of the nation, a Parsi family with humble roots was doing the same in India. 

In 1822, a boy was born in a priestly household in Gujarat's Navsari village. Young Nusserwanji knew early on that his destiny lay beyond his village and decided to head for Bombay to start a business - the first in his family to do so. He had neither higher education nor knowledge of business matters, just a burning passion to carve a path of his own. What Nusserwanji started as a cotton trading venture, his son Jamsetji, born in the same year as Rockefeller, grew into a multifaceted business, turning around sick textile mills, setting up an iron and steel company, envisioning a cutting-edge institute of higher learning, building a world-class hotel, and earning himself the title of the 'Bhishma Pitamah of Indian Industry'. 

Stewarded ably over the decades by Jamsetji's sons, Dorabji and Ratanji, the charismatic and larger-than-life JRD, and thereafter the more businesslike Ratan, the Tata group today is a $110 billion empire. The Tatas is their story. But it is more than just a history of the industrial house; it is an inspiring account of India in the making. It chronicles how each generation of the family invested not only in the expansion of its own business interests but also in nation building. Few know, for instance, that the first hydel power project in the world was conceived of and built by the Tatas. Nor that some radical labour concepts such as eight-hour work shifts were born in India, at the Tata mill in Nagpur. The Tata Cancer Research Centre, the Indian Institute of Science, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, and the national carrier Air India - the family has a long, rich and unrivalled legacy. 

The Tatas is a tribute to a line of visionaries who have a special place in the hearts and minds of ordinary Indians. Written by seasoned journalist Girish Kuber, this is also the only book that tells the complete Tata story spanning almost 200 years.

©2019 Girish Kuber and Vikrant Pande (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Very captivating.

A comprehensive account of the contribution of the tatas in the field of industrial development and nation building. Thier compassion towards the country thier uptight attitude and never say die spirit.

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Tale of building Industry and Institutes in India

Fantastic book on how the Tatas shaped India's industries and Institutions (IISc,TISS,TIFR...) over one and a half century. It also gives insight into State Interference in Business in the Nehruvian and Indira Era. Challenges of setting up TCS license raj was insightful. Life and journey of JN Tata, JRD and Ratan Tata and how their vision shaped India. They are the makers of modern industrial India. While the book is well researched and easy flowing, it lacks critical inquiry into Tata's journey. Their pitfalls and political clout is undermined.

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excellent book

truly inspiring great book very interesting tatas are great empire business house of india legacy of India

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true nation builders

loved it hearing. narrator was quite understood. story'was bindind till end. good topic to choose from.

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Enriching and informative

All in all a very interesting and inspirational. Written in a relevant manner, edited and narrated well, it’s a story we all should know and learn from

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wonderful and interesting things about TATA

Really interesting things which we never knew about TATA's. very good content and narration.

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A Saga of Prestige

Very informative and interesting, the author has done a good quality research before writing this book. The spirit of nation building in all their ventures is well known to many Indians, but their struggles, their setbacks and the internal turbulences were brought out well here. Small titbits like the name Lakme having its origin in the name Goddess Lakshmi was spiced up the writings. The narration was a little robotic but that is okay. Overall enjoyed.

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average read - and overdose of goodness

while Tatas have been a exemplary in their ethics and have always been a notch above the rest, there have been few controversies on the group. allegations on payment to militants in tea estates, radia episode etc.. it would be good to know all aspects of the group rather than heat only the good ones.

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Exceptionally good.

Story of a family of non native community, who built and shaped India. Amazing story and narration. Finished it in 4 days. Hard to stop until completed.

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excellent chronicle of a stalwart group

this book has helped me know about so many hitherto unknown facts on this magnificent group. very well narrated too