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Sunil Mathur, the new managing director and chief executive officer at engineering firm Siemens Ltd, makes a surprise pick when asked to choose a book that has truly inspired him. Mathur, who has been with the company for over 26 years, picks The Story of My Experiments with Truth, the autobiography of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi covering his life from childhood to the early 1950s, as the book that keeps him inspired.

The book was written in a weekly series and published in Gandhi’s journal Navjivan from 1925 to 1929 while the English translation appeared in instalments in his other journal Young India.

Mathur says the book was written long back, but “it is still relevant".

“The Story of My Experiments with Truth takes you back to basics. It teaches you the lessons based on values and morals," says Mathur, who is a chartered accountant by training.

The book narrates Gandhi’s spiritual and moral experiments with truth in life rather than political experiments.

Mathur says Gandhi had a clear vision about a customer and, according to Gandhi, a customer is not an outsider, but part of the business. “The book is an inspiration to run a value-based business that is sustainable and it is very much relevant in all aspects," he says.

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