Sidin Vadukut, the author of DORK has done an amazing job in putting together a fun filled book on office culture in modern corporate India. His writing style which turns serious situation which could have grave consequences into parts where you laugh out loud is amazing. With Indian authors like Chetan Bhagat already turning India into a nation of readers, DORK is well placed to sustain the momentum and keep it going.
The Strength of a book is in how the reader is able to relate to the protagonist and understand what he is going through. Sidin has scored a perfect 10 in this regard with the character of Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese. The book is true to its title ‘Dork – The incredible adventures of Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese’. It follows the adventures (rather misadventures) of one Robin Einstein Verghese a MBA grad from a premier B-School who lands a Day Zero job and how his inflated ego saves him from feeling like the real loser he is. And unlike most other books, this book is to be read from cover to cover, as even the author’s note has something to offer.
The book is an autobiographical account of ‘Einstein’ as he goes about life starting from his final days in a b-school and ending approximately a year after that. The fact that the book is written in diary style adds a particular charm to the book. It’s an account of how Einstein sees the world around him; it’s a view of the world through the eyes of a ‘dork’.
Right from comments on ‘carpentry-engineering college-girls’ to the ‘apparent professionalism’ of Einstein Varghese, the book is effortlessly laden with moments that will have you in a laughing fit. The book discusses Malayali Stereotypes, Cut Throat Corporate Competitiveness, Nonexistent Corporate Moral values, and Self justification by lies in a tone that makes you laugh at them. Both humorous and thought provoking this book is a must read for all those in the corporate sector waiting for the next big thing in their life. Einstein’s worry about his love life, personal goals and struggle with moral dilemmas are worked out in a interesting manner.
If you were a fan of the Mr. Bean portrayed by Rowan Atkinson, you will find a similarity here. DORK Einstein Varghese is Midas with a golden touch, in a funny sort of way. Those who take his advice seem to end up in terrible messes while he walks away almost unaffected by the outcome of his actions. The YouTube revolution is also discussed with videos of Einstein posted on YouTube ultimately shape his future and that of his firm. The ball bearing conspiracy though a bit childish at times is a hilarious plot element that completes Einstein Varghese’s profile. The denial of responsibility and self justification though hilarious does leave you with a sick feeling.
A true delight to read, the book is a page turner and at two hundred odd pages not very long. In short to sum up, DORK is a book about a stage in our career that most of us have crossed, either in the public or private sector, whatever job we might be in. For others it’s a book about the state of things of this generation.
The true test of an author is to exceed the standards set by his previous books. DORK sets expectations of for the other books to come, which might be hard to surpass. The ending of the book is poised for the sequel with most elements of the plot just left hanging with no proper conclusion and a Varghese at his egoistic peak. It would be interesting to see what the future holds for the adorable DORK and his creator.
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