Survive Or Sink

Author: Naina Lal Kidwai

Genre: India, Current Affairs

Who doesn’t know PadmaShri Naina Lal Kidwai. India’s first woman MBA from Harvard Business School, was also India’s first woman FICCIPresident, and also India’s first woman as Head of a foreign Bank (Chairperson of HSBC India). After retiring from active corporate, Naina announced she will devote 50% of her time trying to make India better. Her focus is on the real problems our once beautiful country faces: Water & Sanitation; Environment & Pollution; Green economy & Finance.

This is an agenda many of us relate to. Despite all our love for our motherland, we have been frustrated with the myriad challenges of living here: constant smog, dirty roads, traffic congestion, senseless honking, crippling infrastructure, poor management… the list is endless. And many evenings I have wondered why people like us just tolerate it, why don’t we do something about it. Civil society as a pressure group is almost absent here.

Well, Naina sets an example to all of us guiding us to proactively do something instead of just cribbing. [She also sits on the board of Cipla, and after our recent strategy offsite gifted this book, Survive or Sink, with the tall order: That you may inspire countless others to follow on your footsteps.]