19 January, 2021

Path Of The Wheel

Nilekani culls from wide professional, social experiences to examine India, its polity and a hopeful road ahead

Atul Loke
Path Of The Wheel
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This is not a billionaire’s ‘here’s-the-secret-of-my-success’ book—even though Nandan Nilekani couldn’t resist putting his face on the cover. If you want to know how Nilekani, co-chairman, Infosys Technologies, became a successful entrepreneur (even if an ‘accidental’ one, as he puts it), don’t buy this book. But if you want to know what one of our brightest and more successful business leaders thinks about our country, how it works, what makes it tick, and what can make it work better, read on.

This is an inspirational, optimistic book that makes you more hopeful about India. It rejects our chalta-hai nonchalance and celebrates the Infosysian can-do spirit. But Nilekani regrets that "in our politics we are yet to tap into our new language of hope."

Where do the book’s ideas come from? They reflect the aspirations and experiences of an urban middle-class professional, who went to a small-town English-medium school, made it to an IIT and benefited from the IT boom. His heroes are Rajiv Gandhi (the politician who...

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