How Many of you know about the life & teachings of Chanakya?
Still wondering who he is..
Well To tell you a little about Chankya..He was one of the best and perhaps the most intelligent advisors to the Mauryan Dynasty.
He was behind Chandragupta Maurya’s rise to power. His skill, tactics, strategies made him one of the most respected and renowned Guru and Advisor of all time.
Chankya’s policies of monetary and fiscal important to the Mauryan Empire has been documented in the Arthashastra. It also highlights the war strategies used by the empire.
With Numerous books in the Market on Chanakya’s teachings and sayings, Radhakrishann Pillai decided to make Chankya’s teachings into his life Passion.
He has transformed all of Chanakya’s teachings that can be used by the corporate sector to develop and nourish leaders and train them accordingly.
The Book ‘Corporate Chankya’ has been a bestselling book for a long time now and has been published into various languages. Radhakrishnan Pillai has started an Institute on Chanakya’s philosophy and he trains leaders, entrepreneurs under it through its Chankya’s teachings.
We got Candid with This Best Selling author cum Consultant cum Guru cum Trainer cum guide.
Multitalented Isn’t He!!
You can identify him in a crowd of people as the one with the most animate conversations moving swiftly from one person to another spreading his contagious laughter and impeccable knowledge.
Here’s what he had to say when we put him in our hot seat..
1. What really Inspired you to translate Chanakya’s teachings into a book?
A. I have been teaching the lessons of Chanakya from his book Kautilya’s Arthashastra since 2003. In the process of this many people used to ask if there is a book of mine on the subject. So the book became an extension of my teachings. However Jaico Publishing was responsible to identify me and asked if I can write a book. Thus came by first book ‘Corporate Chanakya’ which has been in the best selling list ever since its release in 2010.
2. Your book has remained on the Crossword Bestsellers charts since a while now and has been published in multiple languages , this tells us the success of the book. How do you as an author/orator/guru who gives lectures on leadership & success grasp all this success that has come your way?
A. I am very lucky. God has been very kind to me. For the first book of any author the success is beyond imagination. ‘Corporate Chanakya’ has sold nearly 1 lac copies. For a management book it is a very big number. It has now come out in 10 regional languages namely, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Aasame, Oriya, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. The book is now available in audio book too with the veteran Bollywood actor Tom Alter giving his voice. Also a film inspired by my book ‘Chanakya speaks’ produced by Shemaroo is now ready for release.
The latest version of my book ‘Corporate Chanakya on leadership’ and ‘Corporate Chanakya on management’ with an audio CD is also doing very well in sales numbers.
The book was nominated for ‘Crossword-Vodafone’ book of the year award under the popular category (which is based on sales numbers and shows the readers love for the book). I know for various companies that have bulk purchased the book and gifted it to their employees as well as client and customers. Various Business schools across the globe are now using this as a text book for their research on Indian management.
I want to thank everyone for the success and help. Even Crossword bookstores has contributed to make it a success. Across India I have done launches and author sessions in various stores. Want to thank the Crossword team to being so helpful and friendly towards me.
3. Apart from your book your 3 favourite picks that you would recommend somebody to read on leadership & success.
1. Holy Geeta – by Swami Chinmayananda
2. 7 Habits of highly effective people – Steven Covey
Publisher: Jaico Publishing
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Signing off for now..
Untill next time Geeks!!