‘Business Sutra’-Devdutt Pattanaik

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About the book


Devdutt Pattanaik

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Main Plot

As the title itself suggests, the book presents a very Indian approach to management. In truer sense a very real approach! In an instant what attracts you to the book is the graphical presentation, the conceptualization and the introduction of the book.

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Tone of writing

Technical yet simple to comprehend.
My take on the book

Do I recommend the book?

Yes. I like it.


>The book is authored by the CBO (Chief Belief Officer) of Future Group. He has also mentioned in the introduction of what exactly CBO is. You will be amazed knowing the background of the role and how it came into existence. The designation does sound posh and carries a lot of responsibility.

>The book is divided into 3 parts: IntroductionFrom Goal to Gaze and Business Sutra.

> It carries a sense of responsibility for the reader, creating that space in reader’s mind which absorbs the fundamentals presented in the book.

>The book has connected mythology with the management business facts and it has been done beautifully, one has to read the book to know what I mean.

>The info-graphics presented in the book are very cute and precise. Looking at those images one feels that you are being taught the concepts right there on a white board. It gives a pleasant feeling to look at those graphics. A different way to present diagrams.

>There are examples accompanied by the theories and the speciality of them is they are quick and short to read, unlike other management books which have longish examples/case studies to prove a point.

>And the examples are not only ‘examples’ from corporate scenes but there are subtle connections between the mythology and corporate culture. Putting a ditto from the book here as an example:

“When asked why he needed a chief operating officer, Aniruddh told the Chief Executive Officer that he needed someone downstairs to pay attention to quarterly targets and someone upstairs to pay attention to the long-term prospects of the company. ‘I want the CEO to think of the five-year plans, product development and talent management, not waste his time thinking of how to achieve today’s sales’. Aniruddh knows that there will be tension between the CEO and COO, as the COO will have more control over the present yet will have to report to someone whose gaze is on the future. This tension between the sarpa and the garud was necessary if Lakshmi had to keep walking into the company for a sustained time.”

The above paragraph also accompanies a quick image to explain the Garud and Laxmi relationship.

>Also, interestingly, the author himself has written a section on “How to reject this book”. There are 14 statements/questions mentioned in this section which are hilarious, really, and the last one is a cracker which says “Devdutt Pattanaik will solve my problems” 🙂 .It brings a smile on your face!

>This book is like a workshop that people attend to hone their managerial, team building, people management, time management and business acumen skills.

>It is hilarious, interesting and deep.

>It is different from the run of the mill management books.

>I’ll recommend everyone to read this book, whether you belong to management or not!