Friday, August 19, 2011

Life in writing and beyond: TGC Prasad

A forced hiatus can get to the best of us. But CEO-turned writer, TGC Prasad used it to his advantage by turning a writer.

The 42-yr-old writer, who was advised bed rest for nine months following an ankle surgery, put the pain at the back of his head and went headlong into fulfilling his dream of a writer. After a year of intense research he came out with – Unusual People Do Things Differently (65 stories of people who are striving hard to do extra-ordinary things), followed by Along The Way, a witty yet insightful story about the lives of software engineers.

With the backdrop of professional industry, young urban professionals, cultural diversity, the book opens up a host of questions about the software culture. Prasad’s shrewd sense of audience, typically Indian comic timing and treatment of story has a prominent Chetan Bhagat streak in his writing. Sonakshi Babbar caught up with the author to get a sneak peek into the book and the man himself.

From being a management guru to an author? How have you matured on both professional and personal fronts?
Prasad: I have been in management for two decades now and understand the nuances of it, though I am not sure I qualify to be called as a management guru. In my opinion, the real management gurus are – Peter Drucker, Michael Porter, CK Prahalad, Charles Handy…they have given so much management depth and thought to the world.

On the professional front, my significant learnings have been -
Every situation is different and contextual understanding is the key differentiator in accomplishing one¹s goals. Career is a long journey  one has to live life too as one pursues career. No point in rushing into things.Do what makes you happy  and you will be successful.

Full report here Hindustan Times 

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