TALK: 'The Tatas: How a Family Built a Business and a Nation' by Girish Kuber

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We are pleased to invite you to a very special discussion about a very special book: The Tatas: How a Family Built a Business and a Nation by eminent journalist Girish Kuber and translated by Vikrant Pande on Monday, 4 November at 6pm. The discussion will be led by the author.

The Tatas is the story of one of India's ;eading business families. It starts in the nineteenth century with Nusserwanji Tata - a middle-class Parsi priest from the village of Navsari in Gujarat, and widely regarded as the Father of Indian Industry - and ends with Ratan Tata - chairman of the Tata Group until 2012. 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. For instance, few know that the first hydel project in the world was conceived and built by the Tatas in India. Nor that some radical labour concepts such as eight-hour work shifts were born in India, at the Tata mill in Nagpur. The National Centre for Performing Arts, the Tata Cancer Research Centre, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research - the list about the Tatas' contribution to India is a long one. A bestseller in Marathi when it was first published in 2015, this is the only book that tells the complete Tata story over two hundred years. 

About the Author and Translator
Girish Kuber is the editor of Loksatta and a regular columnist in the Indian Express. He is also the author of six books in Marathi. He lives in Mumbai. 

Vikrant Pande is President of Northern Arc Foundation, Capital. He has translated several books from Marathi to English, including Raja Ravi Varma and Shivaji: The Great Maratha by Ranjit Desai, Shahenshah: The Life of Aurangzeb by N.S. Inamdar, Karmachari by V.P. Kale, and Shala by Milind Bokil. He is a graduate of IIM Bangalore and has worked in the corporate sector for more than twenty-five years. 


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