Monday, December 26, 2011

A Flawed God

This is probably the last book I am reviewing this season. And it was just about ok.

The title is quite intriguing, I expected to find some novel about one man who fights against different odds and probably comes up with some sort of theory about a flawed God and a flawed universe. Well, I couldn’t have been farther from the plot. Of course it is a story about a man who fights against some kind of odds in his organization. But then, the flawed God refers to the stock market. The book talks about how organizations are controlled by the stock market which is in itself a dicey concept, and how they don’t care enough about the employees. A little communistic? Yes yes…

Plot. Plot is essentially the story of how the protagonist gets recruited a s part of a secret organization and how he later on tries to take control of the situations he faces, with the new confidence he has gained from joining the organization. Also, how he later on discovers that most of these have been fabricated by his co-worker (and love interest) in order to help him realize his true potential. The pace is not too fast, while the mystery of the secret organization drives your interest, there are points where the pace is too slow to sustain.

Theme is definitely different. Someone has finally tried to talk about how employees are treated and power play at work and all the untold secrets of workplaces. However, there is a risk in writing a novel about a theme that is by itself considered a little boring. And a theme which people try to forget while at home. When you take such a risk, it is incumbent on the author to try not to use language that is too official or boring. In this case, the author has not written that way, and at some points his style has a tad too much legalese. In fact, talking about style, maybe it is his choice of words or sentence length or I don’t know what else, but though the plot is quite simple the story telling seems a little laboriously done. There are points where the book is too heavy on the reader.  But then again, maybe that was intended, and maybe it adds to the theme :)

Charactewrs. Not much to say here, because there are very few characters being talked about. While the protagonist and lady love are the main ones, and it is obvious this guy is one of potential, but who needs a small push, while the lady is one who is clever enough to identify the right candidate and who can go great lengths to help him, there is not much else to understand about either. And the other characters are much worse- no one really stays in your mind for long. Maybe the author was too busy concentrating on the issues he wants to cover and the plot that he didn’t too much on this one.

So, overall- the book is ok. One-time read if you are interested in HR stuff and people and their interactions at the workplace. Else, it does have some interesting viewpoints to offer (the one that explains ‘flawed god’ is pretty good) and though a little red, it has some constructive suggestions as well. The booklet portion (games at the ‘playshop’) could have been included as part of the plot, as they seem to be quite interesting. And yes, great title! ;)

Well, that’s all folks! :)

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Sunday, December 11, 2011


And, that was my 100th post!
A hundred- Seems like a big milestone. It makes me feel I have come a long way. I guess I have.

From the blog with a French name intended to publish poetry and issues to a blog with a name that is more down-to-earth that can cover reviews, sci-tech and almost anything that crosses my mind which I think someone might wanna read. From a blog that had a black background and sunset (and, many people told me, a font that was not very readable) to a blog which has more widgets and more link backs and (I hope) a much more user-friendly font and background color. Ya, I guess the blog has evolved.

The good thing is I have evolved too. I have learned a lot in this time (though not learned enough HTML yet! :( ) But many of the comments have enriched me. I have learned to write more concisely, and (I hope) in a less abstract and more user-friendly manner. I have acquired the courage to write posts that are bolder than anything I had ever written earlier (even if I did end up getting criticism for them!) and more importantly, I have started reading a lot more than before- especially in terms of variety, but also in terms of quantity- the different blogs and websites I am reading now and the books I get to review, thanks to BlogAdda. So, thanks all, for your encouragement, and for the criticism. Look forward to more feedback and more growth.

On a related note, do let me know the negative feedback. Maybe I am not consistent enough in posting (I know I have long gaps once in a while when I vanish almost). Maybe I am too serious in the topics I choose (I know this happens a lot :( ) Maybe I should make the content more interactive. Though, unlike Emraan Hashmi in DP, I have never slept reading my own blog, it is possible I am missing some kind of entertainment quotient. If I am, please let me know- I am all ears. 

In any case, I was thinking this morning about what motivates someone to write. There is definitely the part about having someone read your blog. But sometimes you write for the sake of writing. For the enjoyment of seeing your own thoughts take shape on paper (ahem.. I mean computer screen!) And like Roark so rightly says, 'I could say I try to design for my clients the best house to live in. But I don't. Perhaps that's how I know how to be more considerate of them than if I were to think about them' (Quote summarized). So answering a comment from one of my previous posts, I am definitely happy when my readers like/enjoy my writing, but my motive is the joy of writing itself. And like Roark, I believe that motive adds to the integrity (if not the success) of the writer more than the desire to impress anyone would!

Anyhow, I have enjoyed the journey so far. Interestingly, this 101st post comes at a time when I am at a crucial milestone otherwise as well. So, as I enter a new country and a new stage of life, I hope my writing improves and the journey gets ever better :)

Thank you, all! So long...

P.S: I know 101 sounds like the 'moi' amount people give in marriages. Maybe, I should have created a landmark 108th post, sticking to true Iyengar tradition ;) Maybe if and when I reach the 1000th, I will wait for 1008 :P