NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — HarperCollins today announced that it has acquired the rights to publish the authorized biography of legendary businessman Ratan N. Tata, one of the world’s most influential and inspirational leaders. Ratan N. Tata: The Authorized Biography by Dr. Thomas Matthew will be published globally by HarperCollins in all formats in November 2022.
Oudayan Mitra at HarperCollins India acquired worldwide rights in all languages of Anise Chandy at the Labyrinth Literary Agency. The book will be published by HarperCollins India in English and major Indian languages, by HarperCollins Leadership in the United States and by William Collins UK.
The story of Ratan Tata is one of a man who overcame extraordinary odds and whose compassion took precedence over commercial compulsions, achieving both goals in unique ways. As the head of India’s oldest and largest business house, his story also encapsulates the tale of India’s growing ambitions on the world stage and growing influence over the past decades.
Ratan Tata has transformed the Tata conglomerate into a global colossus, daring to acquire the flagship brands of Tetley tea, Jaguar Land Rover and Corus steel, among others. Today, the group is India’s most valuable brand and one of the most respected in the world, with a market capitalization of more than $250 billion which employs more than 750,000 people – who make cars, blend tea, write software, among other things – in 100 countries.
During his momentous tenure, Ratan Tata transformed the Tata Group from a collection of disparate companies into a unified powerhouse. Today it is one of the largest business conglomerates in the world and is widely admired for its compassionate capitalism and fiduciary wealth management model.
Dr. Mathew’s full account of Ratan Tata’s life includes untold details and fascinating stories of his formative years, his time in America as a student, his return to India and his early life. within the Tata group. It leads to inspiring and engaging documentation of Mr. Tata’s business strategies, leadership vision and personal integrity that shaped the group.
With contributions from various interviewees – from the likes of the former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to Karuna, the janitor at GT Hospital, Bombay – it is the only full, definitive and authoritative account of the life and times of Mr. Tata, his struggles and his significant contributions to contemporary India. It brings out the story of an individual, a great industrialist and a remarkable leader who firmly believes, above all, in the values he inherited and who spent his life in the service of his fellow human beings and of a nascent nation.
Speaking of acquisition,
Ananth Padmanabhan, CEO of HarperCollins India, said, “We are absolutely delighted to publish the authorized biography of Mr. Ratan Tata. It is a remarkable book about the life of an inspiring, influential and transformative personality, someone whose words and actions have changed the world around us. With unprecedented access to the personal and professional life of Mr Tata, Dr Mathew paints a fascinating portrait of a man whose unwavering determination to do the right thing transformed many facets of independent India, more than any other individual or organization. We look forward to publishing the book in multiple formats and languages, in all geographies. The publication of this book will be a major worldwide publishing event!’
Oudayan Mitra, Executive Editor, HarperCollins India, added: “I grew up trusting the Tatas, as I suspect generations before mine did, and as future generations will. And behind the Tata brand that we all know is the vision of an incredible individual. Dr. Mathew’s wonderful and comprehensive biography explores the professional and private life of Ratan Tata, a man everyone respects but wouldn’t fully know if it weren’t for this book. And he celebrates his heritage: a heritage that every Indian can be truly proud of. It is a great personal pride and privilege for me to be associated with this remarkable biography and to be able to bring this definitive and inspiring story to readers. It is simply the most important biography published in independent India.
Arabelle Pike, Publication Director, William Collins, said, “We couldn’t be more delighted and proud to be working with Mr. Ratan Tata and Dr. Thomas Matthew, and with HarperCollins India, on what I know is a fascinating book. I look forward to publishing the definitive biography of Ratan Tata under one of the oldest and most respected publishing brands in the world – William Collins – and help readers across the UK and Europe, Australia and New Zealand Discover the true story of Mr. Tata’s extraordinary life and his many achievements in industry, business and philanthropy.
Jamie Lockard, vice-president and publisher, Direction Harper, said, “HarperCollins Leadership is thrilled to have the opportunity to share Mr. Tata’s story of his remarkable career across many continents, businesses and people with readers in the United States. Its rich history and the indelible lessons of leadership, innovation, brand building and culture from passionate associates and consumers are at the heart of what we do best.
The author of the book, Doctor Thomas Matthew, added: “Over the past four decades, I have had the opportunity to closely observe and interact with the Indian business ecosystem and, over the past few years, with Mr. Ratan Tata and the Tata group, in particular. So when I had the opportunity to write the story of the man whose name instantly evokes intense admiration, bordering on adulation, among people around the world, I had no doubt that would be by far an exciting but daunting task.
“As part of the research, I was granted unprecedented access to the archives of the conglomerate, the trusts that control it as well as personal documents, letters and diaries of Mr. Tata. I also enjoyed virtually unlimited access to Mr. Tata himself, who told his life story in an eye-opening way. The research also took me across continents following Ratan Tata’s journey, interviewing those who participated in it, those who influenced him and those whose lives he touched.
“My literary agent, Anise Chandy, did an honorable job of setting up this global publishing deal by selecting HarperCollins.
“I hope readers will find Mr. Tata’s extraordinary and inspiring life journey as captivating as I did when writing this book.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Doctor Thomas Matthew (https://thomasmathew.comlisten)) is a retired career bureaucrat in the 1983 band of the Indian Administrative Service. Passionate about writing, he has several publications to his credit, including four books – In Search of Congruence: India-US Relations Under the Obama Administration (edited and contributed to its main chapter), The Winged Wonders of Rashtrapati Bhavan and Residence under the dome. He regularly writes opinion pieces for major daily newspapers.
Dr. Mathew holds a Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and holds a Bachelor of Laws from delhi University. He has held key positions in the Ministries of Finance, Defense and Industry, among others. He then served as additional secretary to the president of IndiaPranab Mukherjee.
Dr Mathew met Ratan Tata in a professional capacity about three decades ago. They continued their interactions due to their common interests. In 2018, Dr Mathew started working on the biography of Ratan Tata.
Now retired, he sits on the board of several companies and is consulted on corporate matters. He lives in Gurugram, pursuing his passion for writing, nature conservation and photography.
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