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The Kama Sutra of Business: Management Principles from Indian Classics

ISBN: 978-0-470-82223-4
200 pages
April 2007
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Timeless management wisdom taken from the classics of Indian literature
Most people don't know The Kama Sutra isn't just about sex; much of it is about wise leadership. The Kama Sutra of Business is based on Indian history and literature, drawing lessons for business and life from the remarkable stories of great leaders and their adventures. Vittachi uses these sources, including The Bhagavad-Gita and The Kama Sutra to present valuable management lessons and introduce the world's first management guru, who wrote a classic text on economics some 2,000 years ago. Peppered with fascinating facts and ageless business and management wisdom, The Kama Sutra of Business looks at good business practices from a fascinating historical perspective.
Nury Vittachi (Hong Kong) is Hong Kong's bestselling English-language author. He wrote the popular "Traveller's Tales" in the Far Eastern Economic Review and has also written for the South China Morning Post.
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Acknowledgments.

1. Introduction: The First Gurus Were Gurus.
In which we prepare to unlock stores of wisdom from the past.

2. The World’s First Management Consultant.
A sage assembling material for the Arthashastra, the fi rst business book ever written, defi nes strategic principles that still contain transformative power.

3. How to be Unstoppable.
A young man uses principles in the Arthashastra to build one of the biggest empires in the world—but he wants more.

4. The Source of Wealth.
At the dawn of civilization, a group of people discover that concentrated economic activity generates riches.

5. On Winning and Losing.
Minutes before he has to kill or be killed, a soldier confronts the great questions of life. His search for answers is preserved in the Bhagavad Gita.

6. The Goal is Not Where You Think it is.
Siddhartha Gautama experiences great wealth and extreme austerity and decides that both are false gods. He discovers that true fulfi llment lies elsewhere.

7. The Capacity to Change the World.
A leader with a huge amount of drive uses it for both good and evil, and records his fi ndings in the extraordinary Edicts of Ashoka.

8. Achieving Balance.
A young man embarks on a mission to summarize and codify human relationships and produces the Kama Sutra.

9. Further Travels in Ancient Writings.
Inner journeys can take you a long way. But this book is merely the fi rst step on a much longer trip.

Index.

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At Nury Vittachi’s birth, civil war broke out. “The two incidents were not connected. At least, I don’t think so,” he said. When he was a toddler, gunmen threatened the family, so they fled to the airport and bought tickets out of their homeland (then called Ceylon)on the first flight to anywhere.
After several nomadic years, Vittachi settled in Hong Kong, where his way with words and nose for news made him famous for columns such as “Lai See” in the South China Morning Post and “Travellers’ Tales” in the Far Eastern Economic Review.
He wrote a book which sold out in 10 days and had to be reprinted six times. So he became an author, and wrote several books which were picked up by major publishers around the world. He is best known for his comedy crime novel series The Feng Shui Detective.
Vittachi has become a spokesman for authors in Asia, having been instrumental in starting Asia’s biggest writers’ conference, the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, a quarterly journal called the Asia Literary Review, and the Man Asia Literary Prize, a spin-off from the Man Booker Prize. He can be contacted through the website at www.thewritersvillage.com.
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“Read this:…Nury Vittachi offers lessons for business and life from the stories of great leaders and their adventures.” (The Guardian, March 2007)

"There is some excellent scholarly work here, and the book has some useful business insights".  (The Guardian, Friday 30th March 2007)

"Vittachi is a good writer in a technical sense – he uses clear prose and short sentences, allowing the reader to glide effortlessly." (World Business, April 2007)

“Peppered with fascinating facts and ageless business and management wisdom…looks at good business practices from a fascinating historical perspective" (Retail & Leisure International, May 2007)


 

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