Driven - Memoirs of a Civil Servant Turned Entrepreneur

Driven - Memoirs of a Civil Servant Turned Entrepreneur (English, Hardcover, Jagdish Khattar, Suveen Sinha)

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Driven - Memoirs of a Civil Servant Turned Entrepreneur  (English, Hardcover, Jagdish Khattar, Suveen Sinha)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9780670083145, 0670083143
  • Edition: 2013
  • Pages: 352
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It is always refreshing to read something about someone who has had such a vast career track and lived to share their story with readers. Jagdish Khattar’s story is something of this nature – worth to be read and spoken about.

“Driven” is his story – from being in the Civil services to becoming an IAS Officer to also playing a key role in several ministries, this book is a sure-fire page turner. What struck me the most in this entire book was the way Mr. Khattar became an entrepreneur at sixty five. It takes a lot to achieve what he has the book isn’t all about his rosy experiences. It also talks of the other side – the side that needs to be battled and emerge victorious on the other side.

The writing is crisp and sharp. There are times you wonder at the magnanimity of the book, but the feeling soon eases itself as the pages turn. Driven is a must read for entrepreneurs who are just starting out. Clearly a lot of lessons in this one. "

 

Driven: Memoirs Of A Civil Servant Turned Entrepreneur narrates the author's real life experiences and journey from being an IAS officer to being at the helm of Maruti.

Summary Of The Book

Driven: Memoirs Of A Civil Servant Turned Entrepreneur gives readers a firsthand account of Jagdish Khattar's life. The book talks about his family and education. He studied to become an IAS officer and was appointed in various government positions. When he was posted at Uttar Pradesh, he held various positions of importance and managed to influence positive change. He headed the transport and cement corporations. He was also the district magistrate.

When he joined Maruti Udyog, he worked hard to take the company to new heights. His tenure as the Managing Director began when the company was in dire conditions. Driven: Memoirs Of A Civil Servant Turned Entrepreneur reveals several anecdotes from his time there. It even talks about Maruti's ties with their Japanese counterparts and how Khattar was responsible for several crucial negotiations.

The book even describes his meetings with several government ministers as he tried to navigate the murky waters of politics to ensure that Maruti did not suffer. It even talks about the time when Maruti could not launch any new models due to external political clout. After much struggle and determination, Khattar successfully managed to lead the company to have its own IPO.

The book also talks about Khattar starting his own firm when most others think of retiring. At 65, he launched his own company and became an entrepreneur. This book reveals three different facets of one man, from a government position to the corporate annals, and finally turning his dream into reality.

About The Authors

Jagdish Khattar is a former lawyer, IAS officer and Managing Director of Maruti and currently the founder and Chairman of Carnation Corporation.

He embarked on his civil services career as an IAS officer and was posted at several different locations. He then had a successful stint at Maruti, where he rose up the corporate ladder to become the MD. His company, Carnation Corporation, provides auto care services for all car brands. It is a one stop shop for servicing and giving cars a tune over.

Suveen Sinha is Business Today's executive editor.

His career in business journalism spans nearly two decades. He has worked with top magazines like Outlook and Business Standard. His earliest news coverage was the Maruti court battle between the Indian government and Japanese motor firm, Suzuki. It was here that he first met Khattar.

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  • Portfolio
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  • 2013 November
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  • Jagdish Khattar, Suveen Sinha
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A Book To Remember

Driven by Jagdish Khattar is written with flair, honesty and flamboyance. Driven is the perfect memoir that describes the journey of a man who always knew what he was doing. His vision came from the varied experiences, education, and his family. This book is a must read for everyone who wants to translate their dreams into reality. The storytelling enthralls you, the interesting incidents, the moments, the speed at which the book moves is just so very thrilling. It’s surely a page turner. The...
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Pallav Gogoi

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Great Memoirs of great personality...

Life of account of Mr. Khatter is really admirable and inspiring. It reflects the way of working of 'Babus' in Indian governance. Must read by young generation.
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GK Chawla

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One of the best Autobiographies

Candid in approach, Driven by Mr. Jagdish Khattar (& Suveen Sinha) is one of the best autobiographies that I have come across in recent times.
Written in a personalized form, the book is full of anecdotes about the life of a genius who transformed mammoth organizations that he was associated with - whether its the Govt. of India machinery or Maruti, virtually making the elephant dance.
A must read for
1)existing & aspiring civil servants and professionals of all walks - to get words of wisdo...
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Ajay Arora

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13 Dec, 2013

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Brilliant Read for Auto Enthusiast

Brilliant Read for Auto Enthusiast

Mr.Khattar takes it above a notch.. brilliant read for people related to Auto Industry.
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Ash V

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Great book

A must read...takes you through the indian bureaucracy ..Indian politics..and coming up of india's Most loved car Maruti!!
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soamaansh

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A nicely written book, Must Read

This book is about Mr Jagdish Khattar's life and great experiences he had from the time of being an IAS officer to CEO of India's largest car manufacturer, Maruti and then becoming an entrepreneur and starting India's first Multibrand auto services company Carnation Auto. One will get to know great insights about the functioning of government, bureaucrats, govt ministries, Japanese culture. society, corporate etc. Seamlessly flowing, well connected, simple & nicely written. Once you start, i ...
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