This is a sequel to the first Dork book and continues with the adventures of Robin “Einstein” Verghese in consulting business. This book is set in London where our hero has been sent to handle the client account. Once again he ends up proving that he is a complete Dork after all. At the same time he seems to be lucky as well. He does everything that will land him in trouble but in the end manages to still succeed in life and career and eventually ends up earning lots of money as well.
His adventures with British museums are really great. The way he always ends up at wrong time in wrong place and ends up making a mockery of himself. The episode about his bad stomach and going to bathroom in middle of presentation but forgetting to switch off the microphone is really hilarious. In another incidence, he screws up the hotel hair dryer by putting all kinds of eatable stuff to take revenge on them but his own girlfriend ends up using it resulting in a huge disaster for him. How he manages to come out of such situations is really a mystery to me. But the character is completely honest to his diary and that is a wonderful aspect and how we are able to read about his life.
The books also highlights the dark side of business where CEOs are busy making money of their own putting shareholders money at stake and consultants helping them in doing this to earn their own business. I guess there are bad apples everywhere and when you leave too much money and power with people who are essentially dumb and weak and with poor moral values, you are inviting disaster anyway.
Filed under Fiction, Humor
It is a perfect light reading book when you really do not wish to worry about literature or history. “Dork: The incredible adventures of Robin Einstein Varghese”, is a new age chick lit that leaves you laughing and wondering about consulting business as well. I should not be saying that Sidin Vadukut has followed the style of Chetan Bhagat but still there are many similarities in authors as well as writing.
This book is about a management graduate who gets into a job in consulting industry and his whole life seems to be a series of goof-ups. The preposterous way of him getting a job, the way he ends up in wrong situations at wrong time, the complete absurd-ness of doing consulting work but most of all his confidence in himself that never goes down. When you read about a character who is facing trouble all the time, you normally feel sympathetic towards him but in this case, the author has not left a single good thing about him. In fact, I felt bad when he actually tastes success through another series of goof-ups.
I am not sure whether I should call it my fortune or mis-fortune but I have not seen this aspect of the industry in my career. I was trying to find out something good about the industry in the whole book but it was satire all along. Some of the episodes in the book really stand out. The idea of using excess ball-bearings to create a memorial of a dead dog who died due to ball-bearing is absurd and really innovative. The interview of Einstein in the end is horrible and hence extremely funny.
I feel that there must be a lot of Robins out there. It will be fun to meet some of them sometime.