Alok Kejriwal’s brilliant book Why I Stopped Wearing My Socks (read MediaBrief review: Alok Kejriwal’s inspiring, insightful page-turner is a must-read) has won the BBLF CK Prahalad Best Business Book Award 2019, beating former corporate leader R Gopalakrishnan’s book, The Made in India Manager.
Accepting the award, Kejriwal said “There’s a book in each and every one of us. You have to write it; doesn’t matter even if you are the only person reading it. Writing is one of the greatest meditations you can do in your life.”
The BBLF team picked five books published during the 2018 calendar year out of a shortlist of 25. These books were first picked based on highest rating and reviews on popular book-selling portals. They were also judged based on their originality of the idea and impact of the book on the target audience.
A 3-member jury comprised Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan – Professor of Strategy at IIM Bangalore, Harish Bijoor – Branding Guru, and K Giriprakash – senior journalist with The Hindu Businessline. Research firm Kantar IMRB validated the award process.
Manbir Kaur and Kathy Mitchell’s Are You the Leader You Want to Be and standup-comedian entrepreneur Karthik Kumar’s Don’t Start-up: What No One Tells You About Starting Your Own Business, were fourth and fifth respectively.
Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, handed over the award during the 5th Bangalore Business Literature Festival held on 7 September 2019 at WeWork Galaxy.
V Raghunathan, Chair of BBLF handed over mementos to the jury. Nishta Tripathi and Manbir Kaur received mementos from Mr. Murthy.
This is the only best business award in India. It was launched in 2018, with a cash prize of Rupees One Lakh. The prize money is sponsored by the family of late Professor C K Prahalad, a global management legend, between 1980 and 2010. He is known for his seminal contribution to disruptive business ideas such as ‘The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid’ and ‘Core Competence’. He is the first Indian management guru to say that India has all the ingredients to regain its lost economic glory.
The 2018 award was won by Subroto Bagchi, co-founder of MindTree for his book ‘Sell – the Art, the Science and Witchcraft’.