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'Salt of the Earth - The Story of Tata Chemicals releases in Kolkata

  • R Mukundan and Sandipan Chakravortty unveil the book amongst other dignitaries
  • Book chronicles the company's 75 years of eventful existence


R Nanda, head HR; Tata Chemicals, Sableel Nandy, VP, manufacturing, Tata Chemicals, Haldia; R Mukundan, MD, Tata Chemicals; SN Bhattacharya, former president, Tata Chemicals, Mithapur; Sandipan Chakravortty, former MD, TSPDL; PK Ghose, ED & CFO, Tata Chemicals and Philip Chacko, co-author at the Tata Chemicals book launch Salt of the Earth: The Story of Tata Chemicals

Kolkata: Tata Chemicals (TCL), India's top chemicals enterprise and a leading producer of fertilisers, food products and food additives, today unveiled Salt of the Earth: The Story of Tata Chemicals, a chronicle of the company and the people who shaped it over the 75 years of its existence. The book was released at an event in Kolkata by Sandipan Chakravortty, former managing director of Tata Steel Processing and Distribution, in the presence of R Mukundan, TCL's managing director, and authors of the book, Philip Chacko and Christabelle Noronha.

Established in 1939 in Mithapur, Gujarat, TCL has grown from strength to strength, rising to become a global leader in soda ash production with a presence in four continents. The company, today, has established itself as a major player in fertilisers, branded food products and food additives. The book stands testimonial to the incredible journey of TCL, and the many obstacles faced and milestones achieved by the company in the last seven decades.
Speaking at the event Mr Mukundan remarked, "Today marks a historical milestone in the story of Tata Chemicals. The company is a leader by nature and, over the last 75 years, has evolved significantly from a commodities enterprise that dealt mainly in inorganic chemicals to providing solutions to end customers. Salt of the Earth brings alive this journey to readers, and enlightens them about the numerous trials, tribulations, hopes and triumphs that the company has endured and experienced over the last 75 years. Most importantly, the book narrates how we reached where we are today. Our journey so far has been extraordinary and incredibly exciting. I would like to extend my appreciation and gratitude to the authors for beautifully capturing our history in the book."
Commenting on the Kolkata launch of the book, co-author Mr Chacko said, "Being at this event today gives us a sense of pride about the work we have done. The past two years have been a whirlwind of long hours of research and plenty of hard work. We have discovered and learned a lot about this exceptional company and have been overawed at times by the challenges it has overcome and its many accomplishments. For this incredible opportunity, we shall remain forever grateful to Tata Chemicals."
The corporate autobiography got a good response in Gandhinagar following its unveiling by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on November 26, 2014, and was also very well received in Mumbai and Chennai post its launch in the respective cities.