Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

About the Speaker:

Sid Banerjee [Corporate Leader and Co-author Speechless]
Director - FacebookEx-Unileverex-Vodafone

Siddharth Banerjee is an experienced global business leader, a digital evangelist and an award winning marketer with nearly 2 decades of international business experience. He has lived & worked across India, Singapore, the UK & Sri Lanka.

Siddharth is currently part of the Leadership Team at Facebook India as the Director- Global Sales Organisation (GSO).

Siddharth previously worked at Vodafone where he was the EVP-Marketing at Vodafone India. Siddharth also led a global Vodafone accelerator unit (mWomen) across 12 markets in Asia-Africa.

In his first 15 years of FMCG experience, mostly at HUL / Unilever, Siddharth has worked across Country P&L roles and Global / Regional / CMO roles, with rich exposure across Emerging Markets. His last role in Unilever was as the Country Marketing Director / CMO & a member of the Management Committee at Unilever Sri Lanka.

Siddharth is an alumnus of La Martiniere College, Lucknow & holds B.A. Economics (Honours) and M.B.A degrees from the University of Delhi. He has coupled this with executive education from ISB Hyderabad / IIM-A and the Harvard Business School. He is a National Talent Scholar (NTSE) and a Chevening Scholar at the University of Oxford.

Siddharth is also a bestselling author (#Speechless), a regular at Marketing Jury Panels and a top-ranked Keynote speaker at industry conferences across APAC. He is a big believer in hyper-learning and has co-created the #52RedPills Project with his wife, @Eika Chaturvedi Banerjee. Siddharth is also an angel investor in new-age Media & Tech start-ups.

About the Book:

Rife with allusions to The Beatles, the Second World War and to other works of his, Murakami's Norwegian Wood is the story of Toro Watanabe. It follows the Japanese college student's life in Japan and his relationship with the emotionally fragile, wistful and melancholic Naoko.

Published by RHUK as a paperback in English in 2001, Norwegian Wood is narrated in the first person, in Murakami's trademark conversational tone. The story chronicles the complicated relationship that Toru has with beautiful Naoko, who is committed at a mental health institution. She is also the girlfriend of Toru's best friend, who committed suicide.

Norwegian Wood is told as a series of flashbacks, focusing on both Toru's experiences as a college student living through fairly turbulent times in Japan, with civil unrest and political instability and as the unsuccessful lover of his fellow drama and English major, Midori Kobayashi. The supreme opposite of Naoko, Midori is outgoing and vivacious, which causes Toru's relationship with Naoko to become even more complicated. The story follows his attempts to describe his life, these two women and the broader picture of human alienation and loss, while trying to cope with his own burgeoning sexuality.

Key Features:

The book became wildly popular in Japan when it was published and went on to become a global bestseller.
The book was adapted into a Japanese film in 2010 by Oscar nominee, Korean director Tran Anh Hung.

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