'Michael Corleone is one of the best fleshed-out characters in modern fiction'

Michael Corleone is one of the best fleshed-out characters in modern fiction

Ashwin Gedam, Vice President, Global Marketing, Xpress Money is an avid reader, and he has some book recommendations for you

Published: Fri 10 Aug 2018, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 10 Aug 2018, 2:00 AM

What are you reading now?
I have always enjoyed reading. When I was younger with more free time on my hands, I chose reading over all other pursuits that were common among my peers. Even today, it continues to be an integral part of my daily life. I am currently reading two books, Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott and Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripathi. The former, as the name suggests, is about how to better manage a team and the aspirations of your team members. Over the years in the corporate world, I have come to understand that the most important responsibilities in leading a team is managing people's expectations and enabling them to excel. This book is giving me a whole new perspective in this area. The second book retells the age-old story of legendary king Ram through a modern perspective. The storytelling and style of this book is truly captivating.

A book that changed your life?
The Godfather by Mario Puzo. In my opinion, Michael Corleone is one of the best fleshed-out characters in modern fiction. Although the book explores the dark world of the Italian mafia, it emphasises some of the most important attributes of human beings in general - one's commitment to family and friends being the most significant one.
A book you'd highly recommend.
Sucking the Marrow out of Life: The John Maclean Story. This inspiring book focuses on how nothing is impossible, and it's okay to fail as long as you don't give up.
Favourite literary character?
While there is a lot to learn from Michael Corleone, Vito Corleone has to be my favourite. The complexity of his character and mystique around him sets the perfect tone for the story. He is shrewd, ambitious, hard-working, family-oriented, reasonable and intuitive - traits we all hope to inculcate at some point in our lives.

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