Books of the year

MT asked two book-loving business figures to share their favourite reads of 2008...

ROGER PARRY - INSPIRATION COMES FROM STRANGE PLACES

The great attraction of a book is the control it gives to the reader. It's available any time and anywhere. Also, combined with a bit of imagination, it can conjure up an unlimited number of places and eras. In 2008, books took me to meet a Bangalore entrepreneur, to an office products superstore in Vancouver, to see new communities springing up over the internet, and to Wall Street in 1929. All provided stimulating business ideas.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga thoroughly deserved its recent Booker prize. It is the rags-to-relative-riches story of Balram Halwai, who makes the journey from illiterate peasant in an obscure village in India to owning a thriving taxi company servicing the internet and call-centre operators in booming Bangalore.

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