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Arup Nanda’s Five


Arup Nanda is a senior director at Starwood Hotels and is an avid reader. He has co-authored 5 books on Oracle database, written 300+ articles in many publications including Oracle Magazine and OTN, presented 150+ sessions at conferences like Oracle Open World and IOUG Collaborate, publishes a blog (, conducts training sessions and builds tools for effective database administration.

My Top 5 Books

In fiction, I love any book by Arthur Hailey, Robin Cook, John Grisham, Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston and Lee Child.

A book that made an impression

Several books; but the most impact I got was from the book “Hotel” by Arthur Hailey where the protagonist Peter MacDermott manages by empathizing with subordinates, peers and and even customers. In fact his act of empathizing wins him the next level of his career. I am just culling from memory here; I read the book when I was in high school. But the impression it made? Indelible. Empathy is the key to success in a business environment. Never assume that others will just automatically “get it”. In communication, it’s vital to put yourself in their shoes and assess the degree of difficulty in assimilating the information presented to them. The more you master this art, the more valuable you will be to those around you.

More on Arup Nanda

Arup Nanda has written 500 articles and presented 300 sessions in 22 countries.He was Oracle’s Enterprise Architect of the Year for 2012, a worldwide award by Oracle that recognizes one person in the field of technolgy architecture in the entire enterprise. He was also named the DBA of the Year for 2003 by Oracle.


About Preeti Singh

I am a bookaholic. I love stories, storytelling. I enjoy helping people structure their storytelling, and I love to share the stories I discover.

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