Saturday, April 24, 2010

My Thoughts on Dork: The Adventures Of Robin 'Einstein' Varghese

When I am reading a book, I get into 'phases' but I just hope that doesn't make me sound like a crazy person. Right at the beginning, when I read a book, I feel so thrilled as if I am poised on top of a cliff and watching the most exciting view from top. That feeling of being at the edge makes me want to read the whole book at one go, without being disturbed by the door bell ringing or the cell phone singing. 

Then, when I am half way through a book, a sort of irritation starts building up because I've already got through the outline and I know how the storyline is proceeding.  I have noticed that while I am mid-way, I like to tell people about what I have read so far including the interesting tidbits and conversations that thread the storyline. There are some scenes and dialogues  that I love to share with my friends. When I was reading Chetan Bhagat's Two States, I was constantly quoting passages from it with friends and family because I found it so relevant and funny.

When my colleague, Saurav, recommended "Dork: The Incredible Adventures of Robin 'Einstein Varghese" by Sidin Vadkut, I never expected to go on a totally hilarious rollercoaster ride. I was laughing throughout the reading phase and quoting incidents from the book. The story is about Robin, who graduates from one of India's best known business schools and lands a prestigious job as an analyst with Dufresne Partners. Blunders after blunders punctuate Robin's life with Dufresne Partners. His one-sided love for Gowri is full of embarassing ups and downs too. It's hard to say what's funnier - Robin's stupid mistakes at work or his embarassing episodes with Gowri.

The book also throws light on the hypocrisy of consultant analysts and the work scenario in India. Everything is related in a witty way but 99% of it is accurate.  The book is cheeky, funny, saucy and very real.

Don't miss it.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Down Under

Some days are terrible to live through. If you ask me, what happened, did something go wrong? I wouldn't know what to say because nothing did go wrong.I did my daily chores with better attention than usual. I cleared a lot of junk that had piled up around me and I managed to do my prayers on time too.

Funny thing is, I just felt very negative and down under today. Out of the blue, some of my life's most depressing moments flashed before my eyes as though I was watching a movie. That made me feel like a total loser because I could clearly see many evident mistakes that I had failed to learn from at that point of time or even afterward. This higher awareness of what I missed seeing clearly brought me down like anything and I can't begin to explain the throbbing headache that resulted in. I felt like a complete nervous wreck by the end of the day. There are so many friends who are a part of my life so I thought of someone I could just call and talk with. The strangest thing was I couldn't think of a single person I wanted to talk with about how I felt. That made me feel worse.

So, what makes me blog about it? Well, I had to get it off my burning head and talk to people who I believe would not judge me as a lunatic. In real life, even well meaning friends may think, oh god, she must have gone nuts. I believe that here, you will trust me and believe me when I say I really needed to say what's made me feel worse today, over and over again.

The worst thing in life is to see through a lot of incidents from your own life and spot the obvious gaps and realize that you had missed a big chunk of the real picture for a long, long time.  And now, it's too late to put the missing pieces back together again.

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