Techies are not so boring after all!

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BANGALORE, INDIA: They work hard. Talk serious stuff. Always engrossed in keeping abreast of what's happening in the world of technology. Yes, you are right, we are talking about techies.  Are these professionals the same once they are out of office. Do they involve in leisure activities and pursue any hobby? You will be surprised to know that a lot of them love reading books.


Come, let's dig into what they read.

Ajay K Dhir, CIO, Jindal Steels, says: “After a stressful day, all one seeks is a break from the monotonous and mundane job. Fiction is a great stress buster and I am an avid reader of Mickey Spillane, Alistair MacLean, and Dean Koontz. One of the best books I have read is Ayn Rand's, ‘Atlas Shrugged’. Though I am not a blogger myself, I do read the blogs of Obama, Big B, ShahRukh and Aamir, on a regular basis. The kind of thoughts and inspiration, and not the least the much needed break they give, is tremendous.”

“At the same time, I can’t do away with management books since they are part and parcel of my life.  Amanda Nairn and Jim Nicholson’s, ‘2020 Vision: The Manager of the 21t Century’, Toyota’s, ‘The Toyota Way’, Jim Shaffer’s, ‘The Leadership Solution’ and the all time favourites: Peter F. Drucker and Tom Peters are some of the most inspiring pieces of writings one can come across,” he adds.


Prasenjit Mukherjee, DGM (Head IT Infrastructure and operations), BSES, says: “For me books is a means to keep myself in pace with new thoughts. As I am a motivational speaker and give sessions on them, I prefer reading books on leadership and communication."

“However, frankly speaking, I don’t get enough time to devote for books. Most of my day is eaten away by my job. However, some of the recent books I read are Edward de Bono’s ‘Six Thinking Hats’, Stephen R. Covey’s ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ and ‘The 8th Habit’ by the same author.

“But then my passion lies in western music and along with seven others, who are all professionals in their own field, including a veteran Bollywood musician, GM of Powergrid Corp, Head chef of Kingfisher Airlines, a financial analyst, a college student and also a school student, we have a western musical band, ‘Allegreto’. We conduct shows in around Delhi and try to devote our weekends for it.”


For Abhilash KR, a software professional: “Reading is a distant thought for me as I am dead tired by the end of the day. I read everything and anything I come across. But then I prefer fiction because they give me a break from office tensions.”

Books read by techies presently

* Do the Right Thing: James F Parker

* The New Age of Innovation: CK Prahlad and MS Krishnan

Unlocking Opportunities for Growth: How to Profit from Uncertainties while Limiting your Risk: Alexander N Van Putten, Ian C MacMillan.

* Hot, Flat and Crowded: Thomas Freidman

* Imagining India: Nandan Nilekani

* The Credible Company: D’Aprix

* The Ten Road to Riche: Ken Fisher

Happy reading, guys.