Thursday, March 19, 2009

JOKER IN THE PACK

This is a book by Ritesh Sharma and Neeraj pahlajani both from IIMs.Its so engrossing and interesting that once you open it, cant leave it without finishing. Seems to be so real, as if its autobiography. Like I read White tiger also..that is also in first person, but this is totally different...one lives those two years with the protagonist.
This book reading was really specially for me as I felt I was peeking into the the two years of my son's life thru the protagonist..Shekhar Varma. I always wondered, what they teach in IIMs to completely transform the personality. My son was totally changed person after these two years.. so confident with a certain charm, whereas earlier he was this care free person, exactly like Shekhar . paragraphs I liked....

Ashok and Vasudha ( parents of Shekhar) had made a silent pledge within their hearts to leave no stone unturned in pampering him with all that they never got during their own lives. " All they never got was not an idyllic garden laden with cookies and cream pies, All that they never got was good schooling in an English medium institutions, tutions to supplement the schooling and circle of friends focused on education.

If four consecutive questions were answered as one of either options b or c, there was a high probability that one of them would be right and greater than 50 percent probability that two of them would be right.

Two kinds of people go on to become successful....... those with extraordinary merit or those with extraordinary jugaad.

A long as they are getting what they want IIM guys can be really nice people.....its just the expectations we have that are so high, that its hard to get us what we want.

But in the end I felt sad when he (Shekhar) said, he felt happy to be back at hostel from home........ and realised that children grow like this only:)

25 comments:

Pixie said...

Hmmm... sounds like an interesting read.. will pick up the book :)

SMRITI said...

Seems like a nice read...will pick it up the next time I visit a bookstore :)

Solilo said...

Seems like a nice book. I will pick it up too.

Actually there comes a time when children prefer their friends to parents because the company is more fun but I don't think there is any love lost.

I believe what parents can do is to provide best home for their children to grow up and explore the world themselves.

Renu said...

Pixie ans Smriti; you people will like it even more than me, because of its hostel lingo and life:)

Slilo: yeah I know:(. i always say.... a plant always grows better away from the tree, but mothers are mothers:) always wishful:)

Preeti said...

interesting review ...I like stories about hostel life ..recently I read bombay girls bombay rains ..it was fantastic ...

will pick this up soon ...

and its ironic that children enjoy friends more than parent's company at times but soon all they discuss with friends is how they miss home and mom's food and pampering ...I have done that 100 times ..the moment I fall sick,i call home and become a kid ...miss my mom and am missing her now big time...:-)

Swats said...

sounds interesting..never heard of it tho

hw is 'the white tiger'??

Destination Infinity said...

I think, the change in attitude could also be due to the responsibility of having to live alone. Of course, brilliant company also helps.

Destination Infinity

Ordinary Guy said...

yeah, I tend to agree with Solilo... when I was in my final year engg., I used to spend an extraordinary time with my friends and gang but there was no love lost.... in family.... :)

I need to read the book now...

DeeplyDip said...

sounds good...reminds me of "Five point someone" by chetan bhagat...read it if you haven't already...

Renu said...

Preeti: Even I like like hostel stories, thats the reason I loved Enid Blyton's, may because I never stayed there:)

Who is the writer of this book..Bombay girls...?

I know how much children miss home:) and food and all :)

SWATS: My son had it, I was rummaging thru his things and found it:)

White tiger is also interesting and good, but not like this, that has more mataphors and symbols and grey area.....But this is a straight from the heart pro9duct, and a very good dekko in the working of these prestigious instituitions.

Destination Infinity....Not in my son's case, as he did his engg. also living in hostels. It is the work and motivation over there, he learned there to manage with 3-4 hrs of sleep only, to work so much and remain fresh, to take charge of things, that charming demeanour....how to get what u want:)

Ordinary Guy; I didnt mean that they loose the affection for family, no:)..its the feeling that they are growing up now, actually i dont know how to explain:), u will understand only when u have kids:)

Deeplydip: I am yet to read that, actually other two i have read:)
BTW where are you, no new posts for long?

Smriti said...

Seems like a nice book, Ma! Chalo koi to samjha ki bacche aise hi bade hote hain :)

I think I should thank that author for enabling the parents to understand the life from a child's perspective; but that brings me to a more grave question: what if your child is different from others? Then probably the parents would never be able to understand their child because they would be unable to see the similarities with others.

Renu said...

Smriti; accha madam:) Parents are forever eagar to understand the children..its upon the children to share their views, life and ideas.

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

I SAY : success is peace within.

Renu said...

Hobo; yeah thats a good feeling:)

Hélène H said...

I don't read many novels nowadays but I am reading White Tiger now. It's nice.

Still thinking said...

I'm gonna try to pick this book. I really loved 'Five Point Someone' by Chetan Bhagat - gave me some kinda view into the IIM's world.

Tell us something about 'White Tiger'? I want to know what this book is all about.

sukku said...

Hi Renu....thanks for the review on the book...guess I'll pick it up when I make a trip to India next...I liked White Tiger....

Chronicwriter said...

all the IIM guys produce rocking books indeed

www.chronicwriter.com

Deeps said...

The book seems like an interesting read.Your description of the protagonist reminded me of my brother when he got through his engineering.Those years did a world of good to him.

Piper .. said...

shall get hold of a copy. I did read white tiger, though I have to confess that I wasnt impressed much. Dont know what the hype is about. Some parts are really funny, insightful and sharp. BUt on the whole, I thought I`ve definitely read better stuff by Indian authors. What are your views on it?

Renu said...

helene H: I am going review White Tiger now:)

Still thinking: Even Piper is asking about White Tiger, so I am going to write the review:)

Sukku: See word of mouth publicity is best:)

CHRIZ: thats why they rock:)

Deeps: isnt it? i found a lot of difference in my son after wards.He took charge of life like nevr before:)
Are u back from Delhi?

Piper; Shall I review it now?

Kanupriya said...

Yup, even I have read it & found it to be interesting. But glad to know that you read these kinda books too which basically is your son's (today's gen I mean) choice. Did you like White Tiger?

Renu said...

Kanupriya; Welcome to my space ! hope you like what you see !

I am a very avid reader and people like me have no age:)

I am going to write about White tiger now:)

Neeraj Pahlajani said...

Hello!

I was pointed to this review by a friend, and am deeply gratified to know it is relevant for parents as well - thank you! Never imagined there were so many ways our book could touch others...!

Really glad you enjoyed the book...

Best regards,

Neeraj Pahlajani

PS - sorry for the unsolicited comment!

Renu said...

Neeraj Pahlajani:

Unsolicited? I am honoured with this and touched also.
I really loved the book, every para, and wanted all my friends to read it.

I got an insider's view about IIMs and without any prejudice.

thanks
Renu