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The Gorgeous Nothings

Ode To The Odd Books: The One-Sentence Novel And Other High-Concept Books

The one-sentence novel – Solar Bones – that won the Goldsmiths prize and is long listed for the Booker – made me think right away of other ‘odd books’. Are there other...Read more
Published:  October 23rd, 2017
Categories:  Books
Nujeen with Ferose

Nujeen: The Girl from Aleppo

Here are Nujeen Mustafa’s two principles: First: No one is born evil. Second: Don’t watch the news. Because if you watch the news, it will shake your first principle. For...Read more
Published:  July 17th, 2017
Categories:  Books, Inclusion

The Road To Sparta: The Story Of One Of The World’s Greatest Ultramarathoners

I was at the book launch for The Road to Sparta, legendary ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes’ fourth book at Kepler’s in Menlo Park, California. When I entered the bookstore, the store...Read more
Published:  April 29th, 2017
Categories:  Books
THE UNDOING PROJECT (Photo Courtesy Penguin UK)

A Tale Of Two Friends And Their Discovery Of How The Mind Works

I spent a large part of 2016 following the American election and then trying to understand Trump’s shocking victory. Since Trump defied the odds (and the polls) to come out...Read more
Published:  April 29th, 2017
Categories:  Books

Gift Of The Finest Facsimile: A Collector’s Tribute To Printers And Illustrators

A visit to Morgan Library and Museum in New York gave me a chance to view first hand many landmarks in printing history. The Morgan Library and Museum, one of...Read more
Published:  April 29th, 2017
Categories:  Books

World Book Day: An Ode To The Bard, The Best Of Them All

My earliest memory of Shakespeare is watching Merchant of Venice played out at my school annual day. Tarry a little; there is something else. This bond doth give thee here...Read more
Published:  April 29th, 2017
Categories:  Books

Modern Indian Authors and Cricketing Literature

Published:  January 5th, 2017
Categories:  Books

In Quest Of Gandhi: A Collector’s Personal Search For Mahatma Memorabilia

I suppose it is not uncommon for most Indians to profess a love and fascination for Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and I count myself one among them. As a young man,...Read more
Published:  November 1st, 2016
Categories:  Books

Browsing in the hills

Rather than an exotic locale, VR Ferose, 37, the MD of SAP Labs India, would much rather be in Shimla or some other unhurried hill station. Edited excerpts from an...Read more
Published:  November 1st, 2016
Categories:  Books
Gifted by Ferose VR, Senior VP of SAP

Inspiring Lives – Book review of GIFTED in Speaking Tree

I usually know whether a book is going to be boring or engaging, even in the first few chapters. And most of the books published these days, fall in the...Read more
Published:  September 19th, 2016
Categories:  Books


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Shares birthday with Charlie Chaplin

V. R. Ferose was born on 16th April 1974, in Erattupetta, Kerala, India.


High point in school

Studies at Sacred Heart (in Kharagpur, West Bengal) and Railway School (in Bilaspur, Madhya Pradesh). Becomes the school Flag bearer during the Annual Sports Day in Class 12th.



B.Tech in Computer Science (1993-97) at NIT Warangal; Falls in LOVE with his future wife, Deepali and learns more about LIFE than Computers.

1993 to 1997

Systems Analyst

Joins Ramco Systems in Chennai as Systems Analyst.

1997 to 1999
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Joins SAP

On 16th August 1999, Ferose joins SAP Labs India as a Developer.

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Moves to Germany

Moves to Germany as Executive assistant to SAP Board Member, Gerhard Oswald

2005 to 2007
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Youngest MD of a Multinational Company in India

  • Assumes role of Managing Director of SAP Labs India, Gurgaon.
  • Sets up Prayas Lab, as part of "Autism at work" pilot case study.
  • Selected as Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum.
  • Founded the India Inclusion Summit.
  • SAP Labs India is ranked Great Place to Work for the first time.
  • Joins Board of Specialisterne People Foundation, Denmark.
  • 2007 to 2012

    Senior Vice President

  • Assumes the role of Senior Vice President at Globalization Services, SAP, SE.
  • Joins as Trustee of Autism Research Trust, UK.
  • 2013
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    India’s Top 40 under 40

  • Selected as India’s Top 40 under 40 by Economic Times and Spenser Stuart.
  • Authors bestseller book on People with Disabilities - GIFTED, along with Sudha Menon.
  • Relocates to SAP Palo Alto, California.
  • 2014
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    Rising Star of SAP

  • Releases the book “Innovating the World: The Globalization Advantage”.
  • Honored as Rising Star of SAP by Business Insider.
  • Starts Contributing to Swarajyamag.com.
  • Starts giving Guest Lectures at Columbia University on Personal Leadership.
  • 2015
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    "Autism at Work" becomes Harvard case study

  • Attends the Harvard Program for Young Global Leaders.
  • "Autism at Work" becomes Harvard case study.
  • Joins Board of Going to School, New Delhi.
  • Joins the Board of Seat of the Soul institute (California).
  • Inducted into the Happiness Hall of Fame at Stanford.
  • Wins the Eagle award by Disability Rights Advocates, USA.
  • Forms the NGO, India inclusion Foundation
  • Hosts the 5th edition of the India Inclusion Summit and launches the Inclusion Fellowships
  • 2016
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    Recognized by US Senator

  • Honored with the AUCD award by Senator Tom Harkin
  • Releases Malayalam and Bengali edition of GIFTED.
  • Wins the Iclif Leadership Energy Award(ILEA), Malaysia.
  • 2017

    Truly Gifted

  • Gifted wins the Kannada Sahitya Academy Award
  • Wins the Lifetime Achievement award for Global Philanthropy from Transperfect
  • Appointed Chairperson of Specialisterne, USA
  • GIFTED translated in Tamil
  • Wins the India Vision award for Thought Leadership
  • 2018