Men of Steel by Vir Sanghvi is by far the best book I have read on the businessman. You must have read many books, articles talking incessantly about businessmen, their future plans for the company, turnovers and profits. But Men of Steel is different. Vir Sanghvi has interviewed top contemporary businessman of India trying to understand man behind the businessman and core of their character and personality.
There could be many readers like me who never actually enjoy reading typical businessmen interviews and profiles. So when I read Men of Steel it was simply unputdownable. It gives deep insight into Indian’s biggest barons their thoughts, perception, regrets, mistakes. Despite being sitting on the mountain of wealth, the author especially wanted to find out how down to earth they all were.
In the book you will find the stories of some big names of Indian industry like Ratan Tata, Kumar Mangalam, Nandan Nilekani, Azim Premji, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Subhas Chandra, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Nusli Wadia, Uday Kotak, Vijay Mallya and Bikki Oberoi.
Profiles of all these mentioned tycoons were first published in the Hindustan Times, Mumbai edition and it was later in 2007 it was complied in a book so that readers from all over India could read these interesting personal insights of Vir Sanghvi. Apart from English, Men of Steel is also pubilished in other languages like Marathi, Tamil, Hindi, Gujrati and Kannada.
I particularly liked the insights of Nandan Nilekani, Ratan Tata, Uday Kotak and Azim Premji. The author has tired to accumulate too much information in less words. Still at the end of each profile there is a desire for more details. Especially I think another book could be written on Nusli Wadai and Ambani rivalry.