Biography of Gautam Adani to release in October

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The biography of billionaire industrialist Gautam Adani, Adani Group chairman and founder, will hit the stands in October, announced Penguin Random House (PRHI) on Monday.

Written by journalist-author RN Bhaskar, “Gautam Adani: The Man Who Changed India”, claims to bring to light, for the first time, the unknown aspects of one of the richest men in the world. It will be released under PRHI’s ‘Hamish’ imprint.

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At the helm of a business empire that is now India’s largest player in ports and renewable energy, the Ahmedabad-based industrialist is currently also leading the country’s largest private sector player in sectors such as airports, city gas distribution, power transmission, thermal power, edible oil, and railway lines.

“I met Gautam Adani almost 18 years ago, while the Mundra Port was being built. What I saw then, and what I learnt from my discussions with key Adani group people, was that this port could change the transshipment landscape for the Middle East and India. It could reshape logistics, and even make Mundra the country’s first destination port,” Bhaskar said about the upcoming biography in a statement.

“I gave talks in Dubai about how this man could change India’s trade patterns. I even wrote a cover story for a publication titled: The man who could change India . 18 years later, I discovered that he actually has,” he added.

The book, according to the publishers, delves deep, detailing a range of fascinating anecdotes from Adani’s life, illuminating his early childhood, his initiation into business, and the learnings and opportunities he pursued.

It also talks about business, data, storytelling, and hard numbers, giving readers “the story of Gautam Adani that made him the Gautam Adani we know today, making it a one of kind insightful and inspirational read for industry experts, enthusiasts, and even young students and professionals”.

What fuels Adani’s motivations and vision? What are those episodes, minor and major, that propelled him to make the choices he did that in turn shaped the world we live in today? Or, were there challenges in his life and how did he deal with those? are among the several questions that the book claims to answer.

“Gautam Adani is one of India’s most successful first generation business leaders, and I believe there is no book that captures his story and phenomenal rise over the past decades in detail. I am delighted that RN Bhaskar has taken up the task to fill the gap, and use years of research, insight and analysis to tell the story of one of the most intriguing business leaders in the country today,” said Milee Ashwarya, publisher, Ebury Publishing and Vintage, PRHI.

Bhaskar is also the author of “Game India: Seven strategies that could steer India to wealth” (2019).