The Tatayan. The book that makes you a fan of the Tata’s. History, never as it is taught. We learn about the wars & peace from the school books, but what happens in the timeline in between?
We learn about the people who brought us freedom, but what about the people who maintained the chain—the chain of food, revenue, and goods.
After reading Tatayan, I had this strong feeling for such a long time that why the history of industrialists and entrepreneurs is not taught to us. The artists are there, the freedom fighters are there, but why not the businessmen?
Perhaps the first paragraph of Tatayan itself answers that. We are a country that adores & hates wealth concurrently. Possibly it’s in the Indian blood to assume that if someone’s rich, then the human’s character must not be good. Man posses some rich thoughts; the man should not be rich. Yes, this is our approach. The person can never be good & rich at the same time.
We are carrying the spiritual ideologies of never valuing money in our higher entities. Higher entities have to be philosophically something profound. Yep. For us, the material world is a trap of greed that annihilates humans. The book made me wonder that are we maturing into a mess of communism and capitalism?
Well, now I can discuss the topic in more prominent depth, but I should get back to the book now. Written by Girish Kuber, the timeline feels highly authentic. I was worried that Girish might glamorize things for the sake of exciting flow, but kudos, exceptional writing. Immaculate & appropriate language garnished with required tones.
Tatas were gems, but at the same time, they were doing business. You face various acts of defamation. Girish wrote about all, and yet it never made me feel inferior about the Tatas.
Every new chapter brought every unique & mesmerizing story. The humbleness, the dignity, the vision, and tataness feel so impossible to be generational. Again the Tatas’ work wasn’t of any dictatorship; it was pure business, and let me assure you, work’s classic.
When you read, you can feel timeline’s just as it is. The Indian corruption, the foreign recognition, the British politics, the french dilemma, you travel with Girish Kuber into the lives of so many brilliant Tatas who helped make India incredible. I never knew one such family could have such a colossal impact on the country. You might be wondering, ok, we know tata, why so many words to boast? Well, the book made me realize there’s so more than I ever thought. I feel sad & overwhelmed when I think about what our country could have been if some of those things in the past were different.
Tatayan teaches you a lot about humanities, responsibilities, nationalism, determination & brilliance of legacy. The impact is underrated because it was never really explained. But why? Well, possibly you can grasp it.
Book cover, clean. Book writing style, pretty holding. Pictures are sometimes surprising, sometimes ordinary. Again a book I would suggest specially for people who love the busy world. A book for a startup soul. A steel soul. There’s a lot of work you read. I repeat a lot. You can only admire what it would have taken to make it happen.
The book is a must-read for all as it opens your mind to several topics. The book starts from the 19th century to straight 2012. I felt nothing in the timeline was tampered with because tampered stuff often arrives with a bit of extra glory or misery. Yet, the factors which can bore you do present in the book. Book’s not perfect. Some incidents or paragraphs sound repeated, but I guess Girsh Kuber did that, so if anyone starts reading the book from any point, it will not confuse the one.
Never the less. Do read it. A lot of stuff from the book deserves to be a part of our history. The world of tomorrow needs more visionary people and not followers.
I hope we change. I will try from my side. The idea of putting a dent in the universe sounds unreal, but if we see our timeline, we waste our time like it’s water. Oh, by the way, the water crisis is loading. There’s still time for the time crisis tho. But please, save water 🙂
Conclusion. A must-read book.