Kishore Biyani's Favorite Books
Kishore Biyani is an Indian businessman. He is Chief Executive Officer of Future Group. Biyani raised $170 million by taking venture capital arm Future Ventures public in March 2011.

"In the early chapters of the book I had discussed how it is not easy to find mentors or role models to pursue one's dreams. I did not have any real role models or mentors but it was from reading books, magazines and newspapers that I formed my own 'mental' role models, learnt about business and shaped my outlook towards life."

[Source: Kishore Biyani, It happened in India]

The Alchemist
" It inspired many of us within the organisation and helped us to achieve what others thought impossible. "
Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids.
I too Had a Dream
" I have read my fair share of autobiographies written by foreign and Indian entrepreneurs, but no book strikes me more than Verghese Kurien's autobiography "
Architect of 'Operation Flood', the largest dairy development programme in the world, Dr Verghese Kurien has enabled India to become the largest milk producer in the world. A man with a rare vision, Dr Kurien has devoted a lifetime to realizing his dream - empowering the farmers of India. He has engineered the milk cooperative movement in India.
Made in America
" On retail, a book that has had the maximum impact on the way we do business. "
Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America's heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world. The undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century, Sam never lost the common touch. Here, finally, inimitable words. Genuinely modest, but always sure if his ambitions and achievements. Sam shares his thinking in a candid, straight-from-the-shoulder style.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
" A book I would like to recommend to everyone. It provides a step-by-step framework for living and working, based on some fundamental principles or natural laws. I read this book when I was quite young and it influenced me a lot. I have actually found these habits to be existent in every successfull person I have met. "
Covey presents an approach to being effective in attaining goals by aligning oneself to what he calls "true north" principles of a character ethic that he presents as universal and timeless. The book first introduces the concept of paradigm shift and helps the reader understand that different perspectives exists, i.e. that two people can see the same thing and yet differ with each other. On this premise, it introduces the seven habits in a proper order.
Awaken the Giant Within
" Another equally motivating book. It explores how every human being can live up to their true potential. "
Awaken the Giant Within, published in 1991, was an expansion of Robbins' personal development techniques and strategies taught through a motivational self-help type approach.
Jonathan Livingstone Seagull
" It inspired many of us within the organisation and helped us to achieve what others thought impossible. "
The book tells the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a seagull who is bored with the daily squabbles over food. Seized by a passion for flight, he pushes himself, learning everything he can about flying, until finally his unwillingness to conform results in his expulsion from his flock. An outcast, he continues to learn, becoming increasingly pleased with his abilities as he leads a peaceful and happy life.
Future Shock
" Futurist writer Alvin Toffler in his triology examines the reaction to changes in society brought about by technology and culture. "
Future Shock is a book written by the futurist Alvin Toffler in 1970. In the book, Toffler defines the term "future shock" as a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies. His shortest definition for the term is a personal perception of "too much change in too short a period of time". The book, which became an international bestseller, grew out of an article "The Future as a Way of Life" in Horizon magazine, Summer 1965 issue. The book has sold over 6 million copies and has been widely translated.
The Third wave
" Futurist writer Alvin Toffler in his triology examines the reaction to changes in society brought about by technology and culture. "
The Third Wave is a book published in 1980 by Alvin Toffler. It is the sequel to Future Shock, published in 1970, and the second in what was originally likely meant to be a trilogy that was continued with Powershift: Knowledge, Wealth and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century in 1990. A new addition, Revolutionary Wealth, was published, however, in 2006 and may be considered as a major expansion of The Third Wave.
Powershift
" Futurist writer Alvin Toffler in his triology examines the reaction to changes in society brought about by technology and culture. "
In Powershift, Alvin Toffler brings to a climax the ideas set forth in his previous works to offer a stunning vision of the future that will change your life. Toffler argues that while headlines focus on shifts of power at the global level, equally significant shifts are taking place in the everyday world we all inhabit - the world of supermarkets and hospitals, banks and business offices, television and telephones, politics and personal life. The very nature of power is changing under your eyes.
A Passion for Excellence
" Tom Peters challenges the status quo, sees chaos as a foundation for creativity and stresses on the importance of design thinking. "
Cutting through traditional "data-based" dogmas about management, A Passion for Excellence champions the innovative, people-oriented spirit that made In Search of Excellence the bestselling business book of all time. Now, through hundreds of concrete, real-world examples, Tom Peters and Nancy Austin zero in on the key areas of competence that add up to excellence, offering scores of anecdotes and practical insights to help all businesspeople on their road to leadership, success, and most of all...excellence.
Re-Imagine
" Tom Peters challenges the status quo, sees chaos as a foundation for creativity and stresses on the importance of design thinking. "
More than just a how-to book for the 21st century, this passionate wake-up call for the business world outlines how the new world of business works and embraces an aggressive strategy that empowers hard-driven organizations where everyone has a voice.