ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Passing of a Titan

An Unfinished Agenda: My Life in the Pharmaceutical Industry by K Anji Reddy, New Delhi: Portfolio, Penguin India, 2015; pp 270, Rs 699.

Captains of industry are usually depicted in larger-than-life panegyric canvases. It is rare to come across a modestly-narrated memoir of a self-made man—especially if he is an Indian magnate. But the late Kallam Anji Reddy, the founder of the pharma giant, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, was no ordinary Indian. Not only did he create one of India’s most successful concerns, but he never lost sight of the main purpose of his entry into the pharmaceutical business: to provide affordable medicines.

At the end of a long meteoric career, he fell to that monarch of maladies: liver cancer. But with superhuman determination, Reddy held on, at least a year beyond the most optimistic expectation of his doctors, to dictate his story from his sickbed to Raghu Cidambi, a trusted friend and former colleague.

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