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Amar Chitra Katha and Asterix comics make it to Nikhil Ranjan's guilty, reading pleasures

The William Penn MD spent nearly five years tracking down 'Fountain Pens of the World' by Andreas Lambrou.

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Updated: Oct 17, 2019, 07.30 PM IST
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Andreas Lambrou's​​ 'Fountain Pens of the World' is one of Nikhil Ranjan​'s most prized possessions.
Andreas Lambrou's 'Fountain Pens of the World' is one of Nikhil Ranjan's most prized possessions.
William Penn MD Nikhil Ranjan loves reading. High on his list are books that deal with ideas or principles that he can adapt to his own business like Mastering the Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish or E-Myth by Michael Gerber. The founder used lessons he learnt from both tomes to help scale his business.

But for Ranjan, reading isn’t all business and no play. On occasion, the founder likes to indulge in what he calls his two guilty reading pleasures - Amar Chitra Katha comics and the Asterix series.

Asked about the most prized tome on his bookshelf, Ranjan recalls a book he spent nearly five years tracking down - Fountain Pens of the World by Andreas Lambrou. Often regarded as a comprehensive encyclopaedia of the fountain pen from 1833 to present day, the book is said to be an indispensable source of information for collectors, designers, traders, retailers, investors and devotees of fountain pens.

“I spent ages tracking it. This was before Amazon so I had to request a senior advocate - Mr Arshad Hidayatullah - to help me get it when he went overseas. And in return I had to offer him a few ink bottles,” he recalled.

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As an avid pen collector with a collection of more than 100 pens including a Limited Edition Ganesha pen from Sailor (priced at 4.5 lakhs), Ranjan said Lambrou’s book helped him trace the background and origin of certain pens and collections including three that he hopes to one day acquire for his own collection.

“The top one would be the Sheaffer safety pen – part of the Lifetime fountain pen range from the 20’s with the lever filling mechanism. Next, the Pelikan 100, with the plunger filling, double safety system with a gold nib. And finally, a Rouge Et Noir from Simplo-Montblanc (the original name of Montblanc).”

On His Book Shelf:

Currently Reading - Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf

Must-Read List - Good to Great by Jim Collins, Execution by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan and Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

Favourite quote - After the game, the king and the pawn go back into the same box – Italian Proverb
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