About the author:
Varun Agarwal is a 25 year old Indian author, entrepreneur, photographer, and filmmaker. The author did his schooling from Bishop Cotton, Bangalore, and holds a BE degree in Telecommunication. His start-ups are Alma Mater, Reticular, a social media marketing company, and Last Minute Films, a film production house. Agarwal used to write blog posts on Facebook which became very popular. He sent a few articles to Rupa Publishers, who later asked him for a complete manuscript. This is how his debut book was born.
My thoughts on the book:
Few books call out to you on the humor factor just with the cover design alone. I’m not a big fan of humor as a genre but somehow this book did attract my attention, and it was a hoot! I think this book is worth a read because not only is it humorous, but also a little inspiring. The message is not for everyone, but even if it helps one or two, then it is a helpful book after all.
I’ve heard this book was written in about eight days. What a nice way to spend eight days! A story about a young guy who has just completed his engineering, but not yet got a job. I can understand this part… the confusion, the parental pressure, the talk behind your back and all that… because I’ve faced it myself. And Varun brings those emotions out easily. I particularly love the monologues which give those short contrasting thoughts that we usually think to ourselves while saying something completely different, all come out very nicely. The work that Varun and his friend put to get their company started… the obstacles, the setbacks, the little fights and misunderstandings, and oh yes – the secrecy of the whole thing from the parents… everything was tactfully and wittily shown. There is an “Anu Aunty” in all our lives. Someone who tries to push you into something you don’t want to do, and who convinces your parents that what you do want to do is not really valuable. From the disclaimer to the end, it holds you in its characters and sometimes subtle, sometimes out-and-out humor. Simple narration, understandable and apt dialogues, and a message that is nice.
The small drawbacks are the lack of depth to the small romances that are portrayed. It could have been brought out better. Overall, it is a book that is worth atleast one read.
My rating: 3.75 stars
Title: How I Braved Anu Aunty & Co-founded A Million Dollar Company
Author: Varun Agarwal
Publishers: Rupa Publications
Price: INR. 140
Reviewed by Leo
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