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.

7 comments:

PNA said...

I get thru these phases too, especially when I'm mid-way, and if it is a thriller, I have this itching urge to turn over to last chapaters and read the end...the lack of patience created by the suspense!!

I read two similar work scenario in corporate india recently, Keep the Change and Married But Available... The first one is recommendable with clauses the later can be missed!

But they reflect a lot of truth

Readers Dais said...

Hi!

Thanks for sharing, U r lucky to have people around you to share your thoughts and express while reading.

Bedazzled said...

i am loving his book.. just halfway thru and am doubling over with laughter every single page .. !

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

@PNA, Yes, that is so true...these phases are an inevitable phase of reading. Keep the Change sounds interesting, would love to know more about it.

@ReadersDais: Thank you. I am surrounded by avid readers and I try to learn as much as possible from what they share from the books they read. We have interesting discussions on books and writers. The best thing is that we all share each others books and help save money too.

@Bedazzled: Yes, I know exactly what you mean.

Nostalgia said...

Hm.. there are so many Indian authors to read out there. Its wonderful you are introducing so many through your posts..

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

@Nostalgia: Thank you so much!

AdukalaVishesham said...

interesting review.. will try to get this book soon..

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