RIP Father McGrath

RIP Father McGrath

As you step into the world of work, you are bringing to it the freshness of ideas and the power to change things. And yet, there is the danger that all too soon you will forget why you came to a place like this.

NO, you were not here to understand the corporate sector or the intricate theories of management. You came here to understand yourself and your strengths. To believe how easy it is to make a difference. That is the power of higher education. To instil in you the belief that you can make the world a better place.

Love, Life & Cliches

Love, Life & Cliches

The Deccan Chronicle carried a review of Mediocre But Arrogant. The review was done by Anjana Basu who works as an advertising consultant in Kolkata. Her poems have featured in anthologies published by Penguin India and Authorpress. Anjana Basu has worked on scripts with director, Rituparno Ghosh, for Antarmahal and The Last Lear, and has subtitled several of his films including Unishe April, Dahan, and Chokher Bali. Here is her […]

First Novel Second Edition

First Novel Second Edition

Harper Collins had published my second novel Married But Available which is the sequel to Mediocre But Arrogant. Most of my readers call these two books MBA-1 and MBA – 2 for short. Mediocre But Arrogant is a story of growing up in India. The protagonist Abbey belongs to a middle class Bengali family with dad, mom and kid sister Asmita. Baba believes that struggle are an integral part of […]

SAP Labs Book Club

SAP Labs Book Club

In Feb 2008, I got a call from VR Ferose, the MD of SAP Labs, to address his employees in their Gurgaon office. No, this was not a talk on how to motivate employees. The employees were planning to start a book club and had invited me to talk about my books Mediocre But Arrogant and Married But Available. Ferose has brought his passion for books, quizzing, soccer, running and […]

Angels, Bosses and Demons

When you ask interns about their experiences with their project guides or managers, you get to hear some crazy stories. The insecure and moronic will always treat Interns as a form of life similar to amoeba and consequently low down on the food chain. While the smarter people use the interns to get a fresh perspective to some real life issues and problems. The evolved look at it as an opportunity to build the employer brand.

The jobs are back. So are internships. Their cover story of 15 April 2010 is labelled Angels, Bosses and Demons. The article clearly identifies the ideal boss. You have to decide who they refered to as Demon or Angel. JAM’s reporter Prachi Parekh wanted to know how I would treat an intern. Here are some excerpts…

Corporate Novels: Mixing Business with Pleasure

Mr R Gopalakrishnan of the Tata Group recently did this story on Corporate Novels for the Economic Times. The article is a great recall of all the “Corporate Novels” that have been written in recent times. In this story called Mixing Business With Pleasure, they have traced authors from corporate India who have penned their novels with stories that somewhere resonate with their experiences. While it is fiction, almost all of them have perhaps been triggered off by some incident or character(s) they have encountered for real. This probably is the formula for realistic fiction that the readers have appreciated generously as well as the sales figures of all these novels will vouch for. I feel honored that Mr Gopalakrishnan is aware of my novels – but I will feel better if I know that he read them as well. Do you think he has?

Interview on

I moved to Bangalore last October. To be interviewed for the city’s website was the equivalent of the neighbors peeking over the fence to check how you are settling in. It just feels good. That is just how I felt when Dhanusha Gokulan spoke to me. To be counted on as a Bangalorean felt good. The conversation was free flowing – from books to my meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, India. Just what was it like to meet His Holiness, she had asked. The fact that you do not know what to say to someone of his stature. Seriously, can you think of one really smart question to ask?

Quill and Canvas

There is a quaint little bookstore in Gurgaon, India called Quills and Canvas run by Shobha Sengupta and her husband Vivek. It is what you would expect your own cosy attic to be. Cramped but cosy, full of books of all genres, paintings by contemporary artists all existing cheek by jowl. I remember going there for a panel discussion with Sankarshan Thakur of Tehelka ( the magazine that is credited with some sensational exposes, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta (media person and economist) and Amit Baruah is the Foreign Editor of Hindustan Times.

The 6Bridges Interview

We have all heard about being separated from each other by 6 degrees of separation. With some people you wish the degrees of separation would be 600 instead and less than six for the ones you are desperate to meet. The group that started the website at (their byline says it is “An exclusive global community of Indian Professionals”) did it to connect Indian professionals across the globe. The site focuses on 6 key areas (another six) : Career growth, entrepreneurship, Re-skilling, money management, leisure and professional networking. We got chatting about this and that. Let us cross the 6bridges.

Beyond B-schools

Dil Chahata Hai changed everything. The movie not only proved that Aamir Khan-with the right haircut and the facial hair-can believably pass for a 25-something, but also that the young in their eccentricity have their own vocabulary. The DCH moment opened up doors for writers and film directors to finally use personal experiences to tell India’s urban story.

Netting Numbers

BOOKS by young non-professional writers are selling in numbers too big to ignore. They might have a tough time with critics, and established authors may have issues in making space for these writers among their ranks. However, there is no doubt that their books sell, and they have a special place among readers who respond to them through the Internet via websites, and blogs.

Media Recommends Married But Available

The Telegraph says, ” Married But Available (HarperCollins, Rs 195) by Abhijit Bhaduri follows Mediocre but Arrogant and is likely to be followed by Middle-Aged but Active. It is the story of Abbey, an MBA in the Eighties, when MBAs were just beginning to be accepted as god’s greatest gift to the corporate world. The prose is hardly of Booker quality, but the plot could interest a film maker wishing to capture on celluloid the pains and dilemmas of a man the rest of the world calls successful.” OK guys, I have made tentative plans of how I will spend those millions. Now let us get cracking on the deal, Bollywood … unless they meant Hollywood.

“Low on heavy fundas and high on humor and a feel good read.” says Times of India