3 September 2012 | By: Writing Buddha

DORK: The Incredible Adventures Of Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese by Sidin Vadukut!!!

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            I am done reading the First Part of the Trilogy Series of DORK by Sidin Vadukut. The First book is named- "DORK: The Incredible Adventures of Robin 'Einstein' Varghese". 


Sidin Vadukut is an Indian author, blogger, and columnist. He is also the managing editor at Livemint.com.
His debut novel, Dork: The Incredible Adventures Of Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese, is the first part of a trilogy. It was published in 2010. The second instalment, God Save The Dork, hit the stands in 2011. 
Vadukut has a humorous style of writing, one that brings absurdity and deadpan expressions alive on paper. 
Sidin Vadukut was born near Irinjalakuda, Kerala. He was raised in Abu Dhabi and he subsequently returned to India in pursuit of his higher studies. He has a bachelor’s degree from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. Vadukut worked at A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm. After being fired from his job, he wrote his debut novel. He is married to Ruchika Kapoor.

Robin Varghese is an academically brilliant twenty something, sorely lacking in social skills. He  studies at a top business school in India. He is sarcastically called ‘Einstein’ by his peers. Robin  has deluded his extremely naive self into thinking that during the time of placement in companies, he will be the first in line to be recruited to a top firm, an assignment abroad, and a fat paycheck.
Instead, he ends up in a mediocre management consulting firm called Dufresne Partners, not abroad, but in the bustling city of Mumbai. He easily adapts to the office culture, or so he thinks.
Robin unwittingly commits one stupendous mistake after another, and seems to be at the center of every mishap that occurs in his workplace. His chronic misadventures make him the bane of his superiors’ lives. They regret having hired him in desperation.
With all the uproar he has caused, it seems highly unlikely that Robin will be able to achieve his short-term goal of becoming an Associate before the year is up. Unsurprisingly, the foreign assignments and hefty bonuses are also nowhere in the picture.
While his professional life is failing so spectacularly, his personal life does not fare any better. Just when he has managed to get himself a steady girlfriend, he falls in love with someone else.
It seems too much for the readers to expect that the stumbling, bumbling ‘Einstein’ will manage to get his act together. But the outcome is uncertain, and the book goes on to show whether his life takes a turn for the better, with time.
The book was published in 2010 by Penguin Books India.


            I heard a lot about this book from the fellow readers on Twitter but I am disappointed after completing the first part of the trilogy where first two books are released while writer is working on the third one. The book had humour for which I went for it but it does not have the paisa vasool humour. You can find better humour in Chetan Bhagat's books which aren't marketed as books that shall make you laugh. As this one is marketed as a book that can make you fall by laughing uncontrollably, there wasn't a single moment that made me laugh loudly. Though some moments are really funny but not something for which one should pay 199 rs at a bookstore or 119 on Flipkart to purchase it.

             The writer surely has a unique writing skill, it's commendable. It is a great idea to write such kind of a narration in a Diary format. I just can't imagine this book without THIS diary format. Whenever the protagonist asked Diary about its opinion in a childish and cliche manner, it made me smile at the imagination of the author. Every time the protagonist complains about a particular thing, you might find that the similar problem arises in your day to day problem. The arrogance that the character shows sometimes while talking with his diary is another part that you will find in your trait. The best part of this book is the name of the characters. I don't know how but author has kept such characters' names that you don't get jumbled because of having so many in the story, you remember each and every characters' profile with his name. 

           Now I would be reading the second book of the Trilogy- GOD SAVE THE DORK while I rate this one an average- 2.5/5. Not very much impressed. 



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I'm an aspiring author getting ready to write my first query letter. Looking on Agent Query, I saw that a standard query letter should have 3 paragraphs: the hook, the mini-synopsis, and the biography.

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