Book Review: Job Be Damned
Title: Job Be Damned
Author: Rishi Piparaiya
Publisher: Harper Collins
MRP: INR 299
Work Less. Career Success.
Do you think you’re a hardworking professional who has a lot to offer? Are your ideas brighter than everyone else’s in your team? Did you deserve a standing ovation after your last performance appraisal? Even if the answer to these questions is a resounding yes, do you still find yourself trailing behind corporate losers – the devil boss who takes all the credit; the slimy politician who stole your promotion; the sweet-talking weasel whom everyone seems to love? Job Be Damned is the kick in the backside that you so desperately need. This book recognizes that you are an average employee and ensures that, by the time you’re done reading it, you’ll be the best average employee there can be. You will gain a unique perspective to help navigate every tricky workplace situation-and unmatched bullshit-doling and handling capabilities to wing it through your spectacularly unexciting job. After all, isn’t that what corporate success is all about?
What attracted me towards this self-help book, you ask. The DAMN interesting blurb, of course!
Right from the word go, the author has you hooked. His uncanny way of describing the inner workings of any company - be it a start-up or an MNC - is simply hilarious to the tee. He describes, sarcastically of course, the ‘better’ way of doing things - does not matter if you are a fresher or a part of middle-management. Rishi does justice in the description of the work atmosphere in various types of organisations, even Public Sector Units. In a rib-tickling manner, he highlights the inner workings and well-known but taken-for-granted details in the job way of life.
Designed as a self-help book of sorts, he suggest you ‘stop wasting time’ and try and follow the ‘principles’ he suggests. They are bound to fit perfectly well with any and every type of Indian job scenario. Rishi cites ‘anecdotes’ or real-life examples as proof of the ‘principles’ he asks you to imbibe and follow in order to ‘Work Less. (And achieve) Career Success.’ Needless to say, these anecdotes are guaranteed to leave you in splits!
When reading this book, you cannot help but sit back and reflect on how you must have acted in those typical situation in any job.
What I liked:
No matter which junction of your career you are in, you can relate to most things written in this book.
What I didn’t like:
The fact that I can’t read this when I’m in office. My boss won’t look too pleased if I keep sniggering like maniac!
What I feel:
If you are a fresher or a highly experienced professional, do give this book a read. Fans of Dilbert’s comic strip are going to love this for sure. You might just learn a thing or two or can just simply reflect back on those DAMNED days! If this is a series, I'm looking forward for the next one!