This IT professional-turned-writer has gone to great lengths to make complex subjects intelligible to laymen
Noted writer and former chief of many top IT companies Achyut Godbole said he likes to enlighten and educate others with his writing and is ready to go that extra mile to help his readers comprehend 'complex' and varied subjects, like computers, economics and music. Speaking at a book discussion organised by Moneylife Foundation on 17th April, Mr Godbole shared his rich experience and the reasons for his becoming a writer. He said he likes to go to “any lengths to understand a particular subject” and then expound it in simple language that everyone can understand.
Mr Godbole has authored several books on technical and general subjects. His technical books, including 'Operating Systems', 'Data Communications and Networking' and 'Web Technologies', have been published by Tata MacGraw-Hill (India). Some of these books have also been translated into multiple languages, including Chinese. Many of them are being used as textbooks and reference books all over the world.
Sharing his journey from a CEO to a writer, Mr Godbole said while working with Patni Computer Systems, he found that those working under him were more knowledgeable in terms of computers and software. So, to understand all the technical jargon, he started reading books on these subjects and then decided to share his knowledge by becoming a writer. His first book, 'Operating Systems', got fulsome praise from many IT professionals including Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy.
Mr Godbole has authored five books in Marathi (his mother tongue). His ‘Sanganakyug’ (on computers), ‘Boardroom’ (on management) and ‘Nadvedh’ (on music), Kimayagar (on science), ‘Zapoorza’ (on literature) and ‘Arthat (on economics)’ are immensely popular among both students and experts in these fields.
'Boardroom', his book on management, is based on his experience working for top IT companies and his frequent travels across the globe. Written in Marathi, this book provides an excellent introduction to corporate concepts and practices. In 'Kimayagar', he has dealt with scientific concepts about the earth and the progress of mankind.
Mr Godbole has an impressive collection of around 4,000 books and 3,000 CDs. Speaking about his passion for books, he said that he had trained himself to draw relevant information from these books while he was writing on a particular subject.
"Currently, I am working on four books on different subjects. My book on telecommunications will cover the history of this industry from its earliest stage to today's mobiles, Facebook and Twitter. In my second book on technology, I am trying to provide complete information on technologies like mp3, mobile communication, etc. I am also working on a book about the workings of the brain and the truths and myths associated with it," the writer said.
Mr Godbole’s writing style is informative and yet informal. This enables his readers to enjoy the process of assimilating knowledge on diverse subjects.
Earlier, Sucheta Dalal, founder-trustee of Moneylife Foundation, spoke about the goals and activities of the Foundation. Debashis Basu, editor & publisher of Moneylife magazine, welcomed Mr Godbole with a bouquet.
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