I have never had a good opinion on self-help/management books except “Think and Grow Rich” and “The Magic of Thinking Big”. I don’t blame the books or the authors, maybe it has always been my fault because I kept reading the books without applying their offered principles. It was like learning a tip and thinking about how simple it would make my life but moving on without giving it a try.
This week I had a chance to read the book Corporate Avatars by Disha Chhabra. In the beginning, I was reluctant to even open the book, as I learned that the author is from an Indian Institute of Management, complete credit to Chetan Bhagat. After a few pages, I became too reluctant to put the book down.
What is Corporate Avatars? People who work in IT, MNCS and other giant companies come across different kinds of people, with whom they work in their day-to-day life. As an employee in one of these IT companies, I can assure you that we become more proficient in understanding personality traits than psychologists. Corporate Avatars is a satirical take on all those personalities we encounter. This book offers some humorous, efficient tips to lead a stress-free, happy corporate life.
Are the Avatars really the ones we encounter? Disha has covered almost all types of personalities we encounter in offices, right from Mr. Workaholic to Mr. Notice Period. She offered some instantaneous suggestions on how to deal with them. I felt some of them were practical and wise but a few repetitive. This book kept me chuckling from the beginning till the end. Disha really has a good ground in explaining complex, idiotic and irritating characters with good humorous stories. Honestly, I like the stories more than the tips she offered.
How were the tips the writer offered?
Frankly, I was mesmerized by the stories and the situations that were cited which made the tips take the backseat. If you are living a stressful corporate life and if your boss/colleagues have mastered the art of torturing you, this book should be on your reading list. Find out the character type matching your boss/colleagues and apply these tips.
What about the writer?
Disha has a good knack for telling stories and keeping her readers engaged. As the writer mentioned in prologue neither did I waste any time reading this book nor did she waste her time writing this. She also mentioned that her life was semi-robotic in office/work environment despite having exceptional colleagues and is planning to become a lady baby and I am sure she would soon become one. I strongly urge her to write more not that I am in a position to suggest her, (unlike Mr. Suggestions) but I would like to see a satirical take on corporate issues in a fictional story and I hope you’re taking my suggestion, unlike my beautiful colleague who joined our team last week.
There were times when the author got carried away with her emotions probably while writing her experiences. She wrote in the author’s note that “The only thing you probably share with most of your colleagues is a mutual desire to never see each other again” and I think this is not always the case. Many of us dislike our colleagues/managers but not all of us wish to never see them again. I felt some aspects were generalized which should not have been done. Later, if there is a Mr. Male chauvinist in one of these personalities that Disha mentioned than there should have also been a Ms. Feminist too. I believe that sometimes in the veil of feminism women are given an advantageous position.
And the book, should you read it?
God, I finished this book in one day. If you are a weekend movie lover or an employee in any corporate firms and have money to spare, I ask you to buy this book and heartfully laugh. You can thank me later!