The Tatas traces the 200 year old legacy of India’s one of the biggest business families. Right from the birth of Nusserwanji in 1822 to the present chairman Natrajan Chandrasekaran, this book encapsulates the journey that the Tatas have undertaken. Parallel to the story of the Tatas runs the story of India, so that the book depicts how the building of a business impacted the building of a nation.
I was not sure about this book and I thought it would be boring because of being all-facts. But I was wrong. The book is a page-turner and one feels like watching a movie or a documentary on the subject. And that makes me say that the translation (from the original Marathi) has been done brilliantly.
There are several bits of information about the Tata family and personal lives of the famous Tata figures. These peeps into the lives of the members of the Tata family formed an interesting part of the narrative and sought to break the monotony of what is otherwise an historical account.
I feel the author’s account of the history was objective to a large extent, especially the period before JRD Tata. However I feel that in the later period, that is, the contemporary times, the Tatas were being presented in an all-good-and-always-good light. I maybe wrong but this is what I felt.
Tata name has been present in India, before the independence. This books gives a detailed view about the difference between Industrialists (Tatas) and businessmen (others). Most of the information is available in public domain, though the writer does a brilliant job in collating those information and adds more to it.
From Jamsetji, to JRD to RNT, this books accounts for all the ups and downs and struggles of the group.
Must read if you have interest in understanding what industrialists are supposed to do, and not just think about increasing the bottom line.
This book offers so much in just 250 pages! It's a very readable and inspiring history of the Tata family spanning 200 years, interwoven with the story of nation building, told in an accessible and engaging style. The best book on the Tata group out in the market! Highly recommend it to readers interested in India's business stories.