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On mPokket founder Gaurav Jalan's bookshelf: 'Alibaba: The house that Jack Ma built', 'Fooled by Randomness'

Jalan enjoys reading biographies and autobiographies, calls them a source of inspiration.

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Updated: Sep 16, 2019, 02.17 PM IST
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​The fin-tech boss also counts 'The Goal' and 'How to win friends and influence people' among his top 5 reads​.
The fin-tech boss also counts 'The Goal' and 'How to win friends and influence people' among his top 5 reads.
Books hold immense importance in the life of Gaurav Jalan, Founder & CEO, mPokket. The fin-tech boss is an avid reader and uses reading as a way to relax.

He told ET Panache,"They are a source of not just comfort and de-stressing but also inspiration for me. I like reading those books that deal with motivation and philosophies as these give you a lot of insight into how you have perceived life till now and how you can strive to have a better perception towards the various aspects of life."

Apart from these genres, Jalan really enjoys reading biographies and autobiographies. He added, "For instance, I am currently reading 'Alibaba: The house that Jack Ma built' penned by Duncan Clark. Reading about these people, all that they went through in their lives, and the various accomplishments they had along their journey inspires me to a great length."

​Jalan is currently reading 'Alibaba: The house that Jack Ma built' by Duncan Clark.​
Jalan is currently reading 'Alibaba: The house that Jack Ma built' by Duncan Clark.

Sharing his top five must-reads, Jalan lists, "I suppose the list would definitely have 'Fooled by Randomness' by Nassim Taleb at the top. This book taught me the importance of the role of chance in outcomes, thus avoiding over-confidence. 'The Goal' by Eli Goldratt made me realise how setting the right goals should be the initial step, and then identifying the key hindrances in each process should follow. 'Iacocca: An autobiography' by automobile tycoon Lee Iacocca taught me how to take the charge and turn around a failing business through a proactive approach."

'Fooled by Randomness' by Nassim Taleb tops ​Jalan's ​list of must-read books.
'Fooled by Randomness' by Nassim Taleb tops Jalan's list of must-read books.

The digital lending company boss said, "'How to win friends and influence people' by Dale Carnegie definitely comes in my top five, too. This book has been very handy in helping me with making connections with other people and being a good salesperson. Lastly, 'Poor Charlie's Almanack' by Charlie Munger has taught me about the immense importance of multidisciplinary learning and building mental models."

Essentially, each of these books play a significant role in how his life has been shaped the way it is now in their own ways, and Jalan does not think his perception towards life would have been the same without any of these.

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