06 October, 2014

#GuestPost :: The "Book Bucket" Challenge by #Author Vaibhav Anand

The novel is set in the backdrop of a premier Business School campus (FMS, Delhi) in the years 2007 through 2009, when the worst recession of our lifetimes hit the world. It is inspired by a true story.

The story is told through the eyes of Hari Parmeshwar - a simple & romantic person, madly in love with Meenakshi. Hari is an IT engineer with 4 years of work experience, who dreams of being a writer. The story begins with Hari cracking the FMS MBA interview which is supposed to be his ticket to the big leagues. Little does he realize that God has other plans.

At FMS, he meets & befriends Matar- a surd who becomes his best friend, Scooby-a self proclaimed ladies’ man and Bastard- a mysterious genius. Their friendship deepens over drunken parties/ nights on town, copied assignments, Scooby’s everlasting attempts at getting laid, presentations in which they end up making public fools of themselves, run-ins with the law, intra class rivalries & tiffs, society applications, intense pre-exam mugging & summer placements. The story of Hari’s first year moves forward peppered by Hari’s narrative wit and piquant banter between these four friends.

The second year takes a dark turn as recession hits and all high paying jobs become a distant dream. The authors, through Hari, take the reader through a fictional recession MBA journey in an incredibly candid fashion as they delve into the inside story of what happened at top Business schools, when recession hit.

What sets this book apart, besides its zany & spicy characters, is that it is a bare-naked brutally honest look at not only the recent recession, its pains & its pangs and the force with which it hit premier B-Schools but also life/ culture/ scandals at B-schools. The tone of the book is sarcastic & witty, and it ends up making several startling & unknown revelations about several premier B-Schools besides FMS.

In a nutshell, it spares no one.

The "Book Bucket" Challenge
Thanks to all the people who inundated my Facebook timeline by bathing with their clothes on or telling the world the most pretentious books they could think of, that they had read. Without Facebook, I would not have known my friends needed a bath so badly or were so well read. Someone tagged me somewhere, so here are my ten books for the book challenge thing. 

1. Brilliant Tutorials: The maths book with integration. If JEE 2008 had only integration questions, I would have been AIR 1. I could integrate air in 2008.

2. How to C by some Kanitkar fellow: I learnt C and C++ and promptly forgot them. TCS still hired me. Major life lesson learnt.

3. NIIT’s books on Java: I even paid NIIT for some Java course and promptly forgot Java before placements. I also bought a green fluorescent marker when I started studying Java. I left it open once and it went dry. I lost all interest in Java after that.

4. Kotler’s Marketing book: It had nice photos. I had a look at the photos and wanted to do marketing then. Then a bank hired me from B-school.

5. Solomon and Solomon on organic chemistry: By far the most boring book in the world but very thick and good for playing book cricket. Was also later used to prop up the screen of my desktop computer. 

6. Resnick and Halladay: Deceptively thin book but still usable for book cricket and desktop screen propping up. I did not get beyond the preface.

7. FIITJEE’s book on fluid dynamics: I never understood fluid dynamics. I tried really hard but I never could. But the book had some cool diagrams. I always thought that the people who could make head or tail of those cool diagrams would be really cool people. Who knows, they probably were.

8. Jain and Jain: Useful all through four years of my engineering. And eventually, third and final book on which desktop was propped up. 

9. Naagraj: Dohri Maut: Superbad comic book and decently fascinating. Indian comic book writing is underrated. 

10. My own book: Oh and I wrote this book in B-school. I like to read passages from it when I am feeling nostalgic.

Vaibhav is a marketer working with an MNC by day, blogger/ writer/ poet by night. Author of the bestselling “If God Went to B-School”, Vaibhav is also one of the top contributors to Faking News, the satire portal. An avid bibliophile, Vaibhav lives on books, food and oxygen- in that order. Follow him on Twitter @vaibrainmaker

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