‘Salt of the Earth’- The Story of Tata Chemicals releases in Bangalore

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Mr. R Nanda-HR,Tata Chemicals,Ms.Christabelle Norohna (Author), Mr. K.K Narayanan.MD,Metahelix Life Science Limited, Mr S Gopalakrishnan,Former Vice Chairman, Infosys Ltd, Dr Arup Basu,President Innovation Centre- Tata Chemicals,Mr. Philip Chacko (Author)
  • Mr. R. Mukundan and Mr. S Gopalakrishnan unveil the book amongst other dignitaries

  • Book chronicles the Company’s 75 years of eventful existence

Bangalore, December 22nd, 2014: Tata Chemicals Limited (TCL), India’s top chemicals enterprise and a leading producer of fertilisers, food products and food additives, today unveiled ‘Salt of the Earth: The Story of Tata Chemicals’, a chronicle of the company and the people who shaped it over the 75 years of its existence. The book was released at an event in BangalorebyMr. S Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder and Former Vice Chairman, Infosys Limited, in the presence of Mr. R Mukundan, Tata Chemicals’ Managing Director,and authors of the book, Mr.Philip Chacko and Ms.Christabelle Noronha.

Established in 1939 in Mithapur, Gujarat, Tata Chemicals has grown from strength to strength, rising to become a global leader in soda ash production with a presence in four continents. The company, today, has established itself as a major player in fertilisers, branded food products and food additive. The book stands testimonial to the incredible journey of Tata Chemicals, and the many obstacles faced and milestones achieved by the Company in the last seven decades.

According to Mr. S Gopalakrishnan, Former Vice Chairman, Infosys Limited, “It gives me great pleasure to be a part of such an immense milestone of Tata Chemicals. After 75 years of commendable service, Tata Chemicals, today, is India’s rendition of the changing face of chemicals where science, consumerisation, sustainability and technology merge together to identify the requirement and resolve possible issues by providing contemporary solutions. I applaud the Company on its wonderful journey so far, and would like to extend my hearty congratulations to the authors for this incredible feat of encapsulating the journey in this book.”

Speaking at the event Mr. R Mukundan, Managing Director of Tata Chemicals, remarked: “Today marks a historical milestone in the story of Tata Chemicals. The Company is a leader by nature and, over the last 75 years, has evolved significantly from a commodities enterprise that dealt mainly in inorganic chemicals to providing solutions to end-customers.“Salt of the Earth” brings alive this journey to readers, and enlightens them about the numerous trials, tribulations, hopes and triumphs that the company has endured and experienced over the last 75 years. Most importantly, the book narrates how we reached where we are today. Our journey so far has been extraordinary and incredibly exciting. I would like to extend my appreciation and gratitude to the authors for beautifully capturing our history in the book.

Commenting on the Bangalore launch of the book,co-author Christabelle Noronha said, “Being at this event today gives us a sense of pride about the work we have done. The past two years have been a whirlwind of long hours of research and plenty of hard work. We have discovered and learned a lot about this exceptional company and have been overawed at times by the challenges it has overcome and its many accomplishments. For this incredible opportunity, we shall remain forever grateful to Tata Chemicals.”

The corporate autobiography got a good response in Gandhinagar following its unveiling by the Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on November 26th, 2014, and was also very well received in Mumbai,Chennai and Kolkata post its launch in the respective cities.

Rohini Nilekani Launches Her First Digital Children’s Book in Bangalore

IMG_0044Roaring like a tiger and screaming in fright, is not a side of Rohini Nilekani that one gets to witness often.

But when it comes to children and books, Nilekani is ready to let her hair down. To celebrate the launch of her new children’s book, Nilekani, also known by her pen name Noni, held a special book reading session for children at Bangalore’s Hippocampus on Saturday.

Spending a good half an hour with the children, Nilekani enthusiastically enacted two of her own books, Annual Haircut Day which was launched in 2007 and Too Much Noise, her latest book featuring the beloved character Sringeri Srinivas. Launched by Pratham Books, a not-for-profit published which was founded by Nilekani herself, Too Much Noise is the publisher’s first digital book and entry into the world of e-books.

“This is an important book for us for several reasons as it marks the beginning of our journey as a publisher into the “digital – first” world. We want to make hundreds of digital stories available for free, which can be accessed on many devices including mobile phones and helps us fulfill our mission of taking stories to every child in India,” says Suzanne Singh, chairperson, Pratham Books.

“I am delighted that my new book about Sringeri Srinivas is going to be launched as a Creative Commons free eBook available across many media. This is truly the way to go if we genuinely wish to reach all children, wherever, whenever with a good story, right in their own hands. I am very proud that Pratham Books is able to pioneer such work to increase children’s access to content. And of course, I hope children will love Sringeri Srinivas and the book Too Much Noise,” says Nilekani.