Udayan Mitra at HarperCollins India has acquired the global rights in all languages ââof Anish Chandy at the Labyrinth Literary Agency. The book will be published by HarperCollins India in English and major Indian languages, by HarperCollins Leadership in the United States and by Guillaume Collins UK.
Ratan Tata’s story is that of a man who overcame extraordinary hardships and whose compassion took precedence over business constraints, uniquely achieving both goals. As the head of India’s oldest and largest business house, his story also encapsulates the tale of India’s growing ambitions on the world stage and its growing influence over the past decades.
Ratan Tata turned the Tata conglomerate into a global colossus, daring to acquire the flagship brands of Tetley tea, Jaguar Land Rover and Corus steel, among others. Today, the group is India’s most valued brand and one of the most respected in the world, with a market capitalization of over $ 250 billion which employs more than 750,000 people – who make cars, blend tea, write software, and more – in 100 countries.
During his momentous tenure, Ratan Tata transformed the Tata Group from a collection of disparate companies into a unified powerhouse. Today, it is one of the largest business conglomerates in the world and is much admired for its compassionate capitalism and its model of guardianship for the holding of wealth.
Dr. Mathew’s Full Account of Ratan Tata’s life includes unknown details and fascinating stories of his formative years, his time in America as a student, his return to India, and his first term with the Tata group. It leads to inspiring and engaging documentation of Mr. Tata’s business strategies, leadership vision and personal integrity that have shaped the Group.
With contributions from a variety of interviewees – from the former US Secretary of State Henri kissinger to Karuna, the concierge of the GT hospital, Bombay – it is the only complete, definitive and authoritative account of the life and times of Mr. Tata, his struggles and his significant contributions to contemporary India. It reveals the story of an individual, a great industrialist and a remarkable leader who believes above all unwavering in the values ââhe has inherited, and who has spent his life in the service of his fellow human beings and of a nation. nascent.
Speaking on the acquisition, Ananth Padmanabhan, CEO of HarperCollins India, said: “We are absolutely delighted to publish Mr. Ratan Tata’s Authorized Biography. It is a remarkable book about the life of an inspiring, influential and transformative personality, someone whose words and actions have changed. the world around us.With unprecedented access to Mr. Tata’s personal and professional life, Dr. Mathew paints a fascinating portrait of a man whose unwavering determination to do what is right has transformed many facets of the world. “Independent India, more than any other individual or organization, books in multiple formats and languages, across geographies. The publication of this book will be a significant global editorial event.”
Udayan Mitra, Executive Editor, HarperCollins India, added: “I grew up trusting the Tatas, as I suspect generations before mine, and as future generations will. And behind the Tata brand that we all know is the vision of an incredible individual . The Wonderful Complete Biography of Dr Mathew explores the professional and private life of Ratan Tata, a man everyone respects but would not know without this book. And he celebrates his legacy: a legacy that every Indian can be a part of. really proud. It is a matter of great personal pride and privilege for me to be associated with this remarkable biography, and to be able to bring this definitive and inspiring story to readers. It is quite simply the most important biography to be published in independent India. “
Arabella pike, publication director, Guillaume Collins, said: âWe could not be more delighted and proud to work with Mr. Ratan Tata and Dr. Thomas Mathieu, and with HarperCollins India, on What I Know will be a fascinating book. I can’t wait to publish Ratan Tata’s definitive biography under one of the oldest and most respected publishing houses in the world – Guillaume Collins – and help readers across the UK and Europe, Australia and New Zealand learn the true story of Mr. Tata’s extraordinary life and his many accomplishments in industry, business and philanthropy. “
Jamie Lockard, vice-president and editor, Harper’s leadership, said, âHarperCollins Leadership is thrilled to have the opportunity to share Mr. Tata’s story about his remarkable career across many continents, companies and people with readers in the United States. Its rich history and the indelible lessons of leadership, innovation, brand building and cultivating passionate associates and consumers is at the heart of what we do best. “
The author of the book, Dr Thomas Mathieu, added, âOver the past four decades, I have had the opportunity to closely observe and interact with the Indian business ecosystem and, in recent years, with Mr. Ratan Tata and the Tata group, in particular. So when I had the opportunity to write the story of the man whose name instantly evokes intense admiration, bordering on adulation, among people across the world, I had no doubt that this would be by far an exciting but daunting task. “
âAs part of the research, I had unprecedented access to the conglomerate’s archives, the trusts that control it, and Mr. Tata’s personal documents, letters and journals. I also benefited from virtually unlimited access to Mr. Tata himself, who recounted his research also took me across continents following Ratan Tata’s journey, interviewing those who participated in it, those who influenced him and those whose life he touched. “
“My literary agent, Anish Chandy, did an honorable job putting this global publishing deal together by selecting HarperCollins. “
“I hope readers find Mr. Tata’s extraordinary and inspiring life journey as captivating as I do when writing this book.”
About the Author
Dr Thomas Mathieu (https://thomasmathew.com) is a retired career bureaucrat from the 1983 batch of Indian Administrative Service. Passionate about writing, he has several publications to his credit, including four books – Seeking congruence: Indo-American relations under the Obama administration (edited and contributed to its main chapter), The winged wonders of Rashtrapati Bhavan and Remains under the dome. He regularly writes opinion pieces for major dailies.
Dr Mathew holds a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Delhi University. He has held key positions in the Ministries of Finance, Defense and Industry, among others. He was then Deputy Secretary to the President of India Pranab Mukherjee.
Dr Mathew first met Ratan Tata in a professional capacity about three decades ago. They continued their interactions because of their common interests. In 2018, Dr Mathew started working on the biography of Ratan Tata.
Now retired, he sits on the board of directors of several companies and is consulted on corporate matters. He lives in Gurugram, pursuing his passion for writing, nature conservation and photography.
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