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5 seats of Power by Raghu Ananthanarayanan | Bookmarks

  • The book “Five Seats of Power” by Raghu Ananthanarayanan presents each of the five Pandavas – Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva – as an archetype of a particular kind of power: of order and stability, passion and action, and curiosity and knowledge, among others.


  • Drawing on each of these archetypal energies, the author explores the functional and dysfunctional aspects of the use of power. He examines how, in order to mobilize one’s heroic potential, a person must celebrate their desirable qualities, while resolving the dark and compulsive energies within themselves.


  • The book also includes interviews with visionary business leaders, such as N.R. Narayana Murthy and S. Ramadorai, that exemplify the lessons gathered from analysing the heroes from the Mahabharata.


  • Read an excerpt from the book below.