At the Helm: A Memoir is the success story of how a boy from the small temple town of Karuveli starts his career as a technician but goes out to become the biggest name of the Indian Public Sector in the next five decades.
Summary of the Book
At the Help: A Memoir gives a detailed account of the life and career of V. Krishnamurthy, a man with little formal education who started his career as a trainee engineer in the Madras Electricity Board in 1945 and became of the most important members of the Planning Commission of India. The author further writes about his experience working for Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. He not only saved the company from imminent disintegration, but also managed to change Indira Gandhi’s impression that Indian managers were not competent enough to manage large organizations. V. Krishnamurthy also mentions in the book the various challenges faced by him in managing a business enterprise in India and one of his greatest achievements to be awarded the prestigious Business India Businessman of Year Award in 1987.
About V. Krishnamurthy
V. Krishnamurthy besides being an integral part of companies like BHEL, Maruti Udyog and SAIL, also served on several Prime Ministerial committees and the Planning Commission of India. He has also been a member of the National Advisory Council in its first tenure. V. Krishnamurthy was the chairman of IIM, Ahmedabad and Bangalore, IIT, Delhi, and the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar.