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.
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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