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The Tatas

How a Family Built a Business and a Nation
Narrated by: Rajiv Dadia
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
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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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The House of Tatas are a great inspiration 🙌

Must read to understand the ethos of the most respected business family. Great to know the idea of building social wealth and nation building lies at the core of enterprising Tatas. Respect 🙌

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Must listen

This book chronicles in detail the start of TATA’s journey, their struggles and a achievements. Above all it is their love for India which is glaringly evident. The Tatas just didn’t do business. They helped build a nation. Every Indian should listen to it.

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One of the finest audiobooks

TATA is not just a name, it’s not just a brand, it symbolizes the core values and ethos developed and nurtured over a period of 150 years. The book is a masterpiece 🙌🏻

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One of the best life stories in modern times

I now understand how biographies influence general public. Heartening knowing how they built the nation.

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A Journey into the heart of TATAs

Absolutely must listen/read book for everyone. It just didnt say stories of few people, it says about their dream , vision , passion for the nation progress and to top it all The Core values they followed. The values that cascaded from one successor to other.

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Tata Group Must Hear

You need to hear this wonderful book to understand how a legacy can be created with Brand Value n ethics .

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Nation Builders

I was amazed to learn about the contributions of the Tata family towards building the India of today.It was heartening to learn about their philosophy and values which will motivate one and all.Respect!!

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story inspires to give to country than to take awa

narration made the book a story... awesome work!
It's better to hear non fiction than to read.

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amazing story of TATA

A must read book for all Indians the achievement of TATA and their contribution to the country, how they have bought evolution to the country.