When I first decided to get back to feature journalism as an independent journalist, I looked around for inspiration and guidance and found it in a wonderful book called Everything You Wanted to Know about Freelance Journalism by Kavitha Rao and Charukesi Ramadurai. It not only gave me guidance on finding editors of publications, but a roadmap to ideation, pitching and more. Being able to come back with the bang that I have is all thanks to this one book.
Take a look at how books have impacted the lives of these women:
Dr Blossom Kochhar
Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies
“The 5AM Club by Robin Sharma. I love that book because it inspires you to have a routine and follow it. It motivates you to have a habit and be more productive in your life. For me professionally motivation comes from the people around me and the inspiration they provide every day. I love meeting people, knowing about them and learning new things from them. They inspire me with their stories”.
Rameshwari Talluri Seth
Veteran actor and co-founder of Neemli Naturals
“An Autobiography of a Yogi by Swami Vivekananda. Though it might have nothing to with my business, it was one of those books that shaped who I am. Moreover, I approach my day-to-day activities with a certain zest and enthusiasm which translates to Neemli as well. I can also vouch for the fact that it gave me the basis for the awareness I have for my surroundings. At work I am motivated by better practices in business that help the environment. I want to shift the focus towards a sustainable future rather than greed and temporary practicality”.
Chef Amninder Sandhu
Chef, Organization- Arth
Mumbai and Pune
“Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samim Nosrat. Being a professionally trained chef, reading this book has inspired me with tons of new and easy ways to think about working in the kitchen. It is one of those books that, professional chefs, culinary students, and even those who like spending time whipping up a good meal can relate to. It helps encourage and motivate you, also enhancing your cooking instincts.
What motivates me as a person has to be the people I serve and work with. Sometimes even on the worst of days a guest complimenting what I offer or fans from around the world writing in to tell me how much they loved me on The Final Table really changes things around, and makes me strive harder to do the best I can. But mostly it is young girls aspiring to be chefs who look up to me. I often see myself in most of them back when I started off, and nothing makes me happier”.
Founder & Creative Director, Itsy Bitsy
“The Magic by Rhonda Byrne. It is a book that talks about the power of gratitude. Applying what is written in this book in your personal sphere can be life changing. A couple of years ago, I struggled with a skin condition on my face. I could not bear to look at my face in the mirror. The Magic became my bible and practising what it outlined helped me fight and gradually heal my condition. And not just that, today my husband and children tell me that I look as beautiful as forever.
At work I am motivated by my love for colours and textures. While I am experimenting and developing products by the day, I turn into a customer trying them out, at night. I love spending time in our stores and to see the joy that kids experience in-store is just overwhelming”.
“There have been many books that I have read in the past that struck a chord with me. However, Wise Otherwise by Sudha Murthy is one that I find extremely refreshing and interesting. I love how the author puts forward a set of realistic incidents, from her very own life to convey more on life’s lessons. The book is simple, inspiring, interesting, heart touching and keeps me going when I lack motivation.
As far motivation goes, I am one who always strives for perfection and go the extra mile. Now when that extra mile finally pays off and I see that work I have put in has positively affected my clients that keeps me motivated and striving for more. The fact that I get to do what I love every day for a living is motivating enough for me.
These 5 books can change the way you look at life, says Ruth Dsouza Prabhu
By: Ruth Dsouza Prabhu