Top 5 must-read books on entrepreneurship for everyone who wants to build a business empire in 2023

This year we bring to you the top 5 books on entrepreneurship that you should not miss reading:

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Friday, January 20, 2023, 06:42 PM IST
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We are living in a time that is highly unpredictable and the only way to find peace and solace is through books. With entrepreneurship being the buzzword in the last few years, many industry leaders have penned down their entrepreneurial journey.  

This year we bring to you the top 5 books on entrepreneurship that you should not miss reading: 

Engineered in India: From Dreams to Billion-Dollar Cyient 

Authored by BVR Mohan Reddy is the story of a young man who steps out of the precincts of IIT Kanpur in 1974 with a dream in his heart – to become an entrepreneur and contribute to nation-building. Undaunted by the dearth of experience and means to capital in pre-Liberalization India, B.V.R Mohan Reddy’s enterprising spirit takes the long and winding road, never losing sight of his ambition. He gains overseas education on scholarship and dons multiple hats before embarking on his life’s mission at forty. 

Published by Penguin Random House 

Available online

Maverick Effect: The Inside Story of India's IT Revolution 

In the mid-1970s, a young, twenty-something man living an American dream threw away a lucrative job as a database manager and came back to India. At that time, India had no IT industry to speak of; computers were a novelty, and the nation was trapped in socio-economic backwardness and a labyrinthine License Raj. The book is written by Harish Mehta.

Published by: Harper Collins Publishers India 

Available online 

The Dolphin and the Shark: Stories on Entrepreneurship 

The Dolphin and the Shark is born out of Namita Thapar's experiences of being a judge on Shark Tank India and running the India business of the pharma company Emcure as well as her own entrepreneurship academy. The book emphasizes how leaders of today need to strike a balance between being a shark (aggressive leader) and a dolphin (empathetic leader). 

Published by: Penguin Random House  

Available online 

Rahul Bajaj: An Extraordinary Life | Official Biography of the chairman of Bajaj Group 

'Integrity and character matter. Without them, no amount of ability can get you anywhere. In addition, you need courage--courage to make difficult decisions and courage to oppose something if your conscience tells you that you are right' — Rahul Bajaj Rahul Bajaj is a billionaire businessman, the chairman emeritus of the Bajaj Group and a former member of Parliament. This book is not just the story of Rahul Bajaj but the story of India. The author takes us through the country's transformation from the time Rahul Bajaj's mother was imprisoned during the freedom struggle to the prism of his eventful life. Based on unrestricted interviews, the book is full of anecdotes, business learnings and political asides. It is, at its core, a moving human story. 

Published by: Penguin Random House 

Available online

God’s Own Entrepreneurs  

Author R Roshan draws from his rich experience as a journalist and an ardent observer of the start-up ecosystem in telling us the stories of 21 different individuals with varied backgrounds connected only by that invisible thread we call “entrepreneurial spirit.” This book is fascinating, revealing and insightful.

Published by: Notion Press 

Available online

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