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Ongc: The Untold Story [Paperback-2019]
Raj Kanwar
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Category:South Asian StudiesSouth Asian StudiesSouth Asian Studies-Sat
Publisher: Bloomsbury India | ISBN: 9789388271394 | Pages: 280

ONGC: The Untold Story is essentially a narrative of its early days, how, when and where it was born, what were its labour pains, what was it like in its infancy, and finally how did it overcome its teething troubles and growing pains. Who were those early stalwarts who built ONGC brick-by-brick and who were the young pioneers who later became the nucleus of what was to grow into the largest crude oil and natural gas company in the country. Who were those ordinary young gents who overnight became extraordinary men demonstrating astonishing skills and undaunted courage in traversing through sandy deserts, swamp and marsh lands and dense jungles in search for hydrocarbon deposits? Who was the patron saint and who was the founding father of India s only public sector company to feature in Fortune s Most Admired Energy Companies list? How did they overcome the determined opposition mounted by the vested western oil cartels who did not want India to have a national petroleum industry? The typically obstructive Indian babu too supported these western oil cartels. Raj Kanwar deftly reveals these stories and much more. If you re looking for answers to the oft-asked question, Why Dehra Dun was chosen as the headquarters of India s first exploration and production oil company in the public sector, this is the book for you.

About the Author

Raj Kanwar has been a journalist, public relations/advertising professional and a businessman at different stages in his eventful career-span of 65 years. He had voluntarily retired in 2000 as the chairman of SK Oilfield Equipment Co Pvt Ltd, a family-owned business, to return to his first love of reading and writing. His columns in local dailies, Garhwal Post and The Himachal Times were hugely popular. He has also did freelance writing for some leading dailies such like The Hindu, Sunday Midday, Hindustan Times, The Times of India and magazines like The WEEK, Harmony Celebrate Age, Indian Military Review et al. Kanwar had cut his teeth in journalism right in his college days when he launched The ACADEMIC, a fortnightly magazine for students. Thereafter, he started a newsweekly VANGUARD. Simultaneously, he also worked as the Dehra Dun stringer for well known newspapers such as The Statesman, The Tribune and The Indian Express. Later, he also did a stint in Delhi as a reporter on the staff of the Indian Express. In his career earlier, he was editor in the Directorate of Public Relations and Tourism, Himachal Pradesh and the first public relations officer of Oil & Natural Gas Commission. He has just completed a book on the early history of Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. His next book will be on Dehra Dun and its multifaceted ambiance. He lives in Dehra Dun with his wife Amber of 53 years. Two of his three children live in the USA. The third is the head honcho of the family-owned company.

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