Railway Man - Royal (HB) Hardcover

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R.R. Jaruhar gives a fascinating and vivid account of his long and illustrious career in the Indian Railways. The engaging narrative is peppered with awe-inspiring anecdotes as well as amusing adventures often experienced in the most trying of conditions. Jaruhar’s steely determination, humility and cheerful disposition helped him survive murderous dacoits, tough Union leaders and even tigers! The most striking reminiscence—in a Bollywood story of social engineering when he got dacoits to eschew violence and join as stakeholder in the construction of the Gandhi rail bridge. He shares some of the milestones achieved by the Indian Railways over the years and reflects on why each milestone holds important management lessons—especially the dramatic turnaround of the railways between 2005 and 2007. This turnaround became a subject of research at not only the world Bank and the Harvard Business School, But also IIM Ahmedabad and the Indian School of business, Hyderabad. However, it is jaruhar’s perspective on life and relationships that shines through. The maturity and the grace with which he dealt with crippling adversities, conniving colleagues and punishment postings hold an important lesson for us: the right train of thought can take us to a better station in our lives.

About the Author

Born in 1947 in Bihar, R.R. JARUHAR graduated in Civil Engineering in 1966 from BIT Sindri, topping the list. He joined the elite Indian Railway Service of Engineers in 1968. He had a distinguished career of thirty-nine years in the Indian Railways (IR). He held important positions like general manager, secretary Railway Board before retiring as Member Engineering ex officio secretary to the Government of India in January 2007. Credited with important works like the construction of bridges over the Brahmaputra and the Gandak rivers, he pioneered the introduction of Heavy Haul in IR in 2005-06. Recipient of Gold Medal from Prime Minister and medals from railway minister for his distinguished services, R.R. Jaruhar has many technical papers to his credit. After retirement, he has served as technical consultant and adviser to many organizations like the World Bank and chaired many expert committees. He is presently an adviser to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC).

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