Thursday, June 09, 2005

A novel pastime

A new Crossword bookshop is coming up on Hill Road. Ain't that wonderful?? Like the advent of multiplexes brought with it the 'multiplex movie' phenomenon, could the spread of chains like Crossword be ushering in a 'bookplex' one?

Certainly the kinds of books being written in English for Indians has undergone a change. The 80s and 90s saw the Salman Rushdie-Arundhati Roy variety off books which were based in India but written for the international audience - with a spillover Indian readership.

Today, you have a new generation of books and authors with no literary pretensions. They're just good timepass reads about people, places and things the urban Indian can connect with. And surprise! many are written by b school graduates. Which is what my piece 'A Novel Pastime' published in the latest Businessworld magazine looks at...

By day, they are investment bankers and brand managers. By night, they toil away at their keyboards, tapping into their own experiences to spin out slice-of-life stories that appeal to 'People Like Us'.

IIM Ahmedabad graduate Chetan Bhagat relived his IIT days in Five Point Someone. Swati Kaushal's stints at Nestle and Nokia provided rich fodder for Piece Of Cake, a light-hearted tale set in corporate India. And that's just the beginning. July 2005 sees the launch of Mediocre But Arrogant, a story of love and life in the fictitious Management Institute of Jamshedpur (MIJ).


You can read the rest of my story here (free registration required)

Bottomline: MBAs turning to writing is actually not that surprising because many Indian B-school graduates are simply exceptionally bright individuals who followed the easiest path available to them. Anyone who's been on an elite b school campus will vouch for the many potentially great singers, writers and film makers lost to the world of business.

Or then again - as these novelists prove - maybe not.

23 comments:

  1. Hello rashmi,i love reading BW reading it for more than 6 years, i read some selected ones only, earlier i used to read MAHESH MURTHY, but now not seeing his writing gone busy some where else!NOW i love to read urs!! read out your last article on passtime novel..sure madam for last some times we see many writers...totally away from own country...but still write about the nitty-gritty of indian life! i m not master on that so cant say whether it is very much og high level or not they proved one thing that your background never will come if you have passion and burning desire to write...i loved FIVE POINT.... i felt that i m in my own engg. hostel...coommon madam now plzz donot make any comments on my thoughts....once you made!! anyway...life is just manifestation of thoughts....what we harbour in our own minds...once and still... i m inclined for writing but there was enough pressure on me to just keep urself with your own line! anyway thats india...every folks dreams that his son sud only b engineer or doctor at least 10 years back now may see smart folks!hey waiting for your book WHEN? WRITE...WORLD KNOWS YOU ONLY WHEN YOU WRITE!! ENCORE NITTY-GRITTY...OF BEING FAMOUS!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Writing is an exploration of language,how much language can do how far can it pretend..human experience and feelings....we have to check that in coming time for our new writers!

    ReplyDelete
  3. This was an inevitable fallout of the MBA becoming a very aspirational part of the Indian psyche. DNA's ad on 'I am not from the IIMs' or the amount of buzz when ET writes about post MBA salaries is a good indicator. MBA degree is almost a get rich scheme of sorts at times. Add to that an oversupply of MBAs and lot of vela time at MNC offices (one similarity between all the writers u mentioned in ur article).. u have a ready market plus lots of budding writers.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hey rashmi, the link to Business World is Erroneous...

    ReplyDelete
  5. An average Crossword is way smaller than an average Barnes and Noble store . A Barnes and Noble store also has very good reading spaces and I have seen many African students in the US studying there. Many including me used to love reading all the magazines at the B&N stores and the storeowners had no problem with that. Would really like to see Indian book stores evolve in this fashion.
    As for Indian writers, I have a feeling that all Indian writers deliberately try to make Indian sexuality the centre of gravity of their writing. The sexual elements brought in "The Inscrutabe Americans" and "Five point someone" were rather unneccesary and seemed to be deliberately playing to the gallery.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have been close follower of Crossword. earlier-23 years back the service level was high. But with expansion complecancy has set in. The new store employees don't have same enthusiasm as earlier.
    The new stores are smaller in size also.eg.powai,shivaji park. Hence number of books has reduced and it has become more of a stationary shop.

    ReplyDelete
  7. writers are hypocrites.....all of them.....kafka tells his friend to burn all his literature when hes gone , when he knew it for sure that the guy wudnt....thats just one example...
    chetan bhagat....hehe...%%^^^&&&...
    dumb fool.....i spent
    4 yrs in IITD as well...65% of things he mentions in his book is chickenshit.
    I believe i can prove every writer to be a hypocrite...
    I know i sound like a brainwashdically opinionated judgemental fool....
    I hate to put comments on ppls blogs...
    I loathe ppl like u who glorify MBA education....

    ReplyDelete
  8. Anonymous3:06 PM

    This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  9. the only reason why writers go in for an MBA is that-if the the books dont sell,you still have to eat ,dont you?

    ReplyDelete
  10. I too don't think B-School graduates are that exceptional individuals as you always put them to be.Probably, couple of years back, I used to think the same. But now once I have graduated and know real people who are going to IIM'S (and I mean a lot of them),I don't find anything exceptional about them.Most of them took CAT coz everyone around u is doing the same...and now once you ve got thru one of the premier B-schools , its just too big a deal not to take an admission.I think management and Engineering education has only become a means of buying a more secure future fer urself.I am Engg. graduate myself and if four years ago i had a slightest of an idea that i'll probably be solving differntial Equations that ill hardly ever make any sense of..i mite not have opted for Engg. And I am very sure that the same management education that u glorify so much, if not had been for money,probably Chetan Bhagat would not have been from IIM-A.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Anonymous4:37 AM

    hi rashmi

    im (unfortunately) in the MBA program at the University of Maryland (online e-commerce specialisation)....plz visit my Blog at

    http://windh2o.squarespace.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  13. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  14. hey guys...this is an inspired first blog..that comes into existence after reading joydeeps comments..

    being in a premier B school worth more than it is know for, ie XL, the B-school expereince atleaset to me..and i am sure to most others, is much more than good hostels and other basic civic amenities..well, im sure that joy would agree that certain higher level need, unlike what maslow thought, preceed other basic needs..and hence this view..

    so if all that one looks for is "more than satisfactory conditions" then you are probably in the wrong place..hey by the way, where did you have your interview? in jampot right??...so it was an (un)informed decision made by you, only once you had made a(n) (un)concious choice of what u were getting into...

    well so unless u did all of it for a "babu" tagged job...i dont have much more to say...happy Xling for the placement to you..and for the two years to us...

    ReplyDelete
  15. Opinions on such matters as quality of B-Schools posted in such forums is based on individual expectations and perceptions. That is why mags like IT conduct SURVEYS and express a more generic opinion rather than publish personal ones.
    For any more personal opinions about XL do visit http://borntoxl.blogspot.com and find a different view (might even go for a "generic opinion" here in "jampot")

    ReplyDelete
  16. gayatri iyer(now ganjawalla), the singer ,is from IIM Lucknow. how cool is that?

    ReplyDelete
  17. again an obscure comment in your archives
    but yeah do not forget samit basu - the simoqin prophecies and the manticore's secret ...
    such wonderful books

    given the fact that he himself is iima drop-out ... and yes a truly remarkable sff genre book that even my amma applauded ...

    shriram

    ReplyDelete
  18. I BEGAN writing my novel Home Products in the summer of 2003, a few weeks before my wife gave birth to our first child.
    But even before I began work on the book I bought a black hardcover sketchbook. In its pages, I started writing down whatever I liked in what I happened to be reading. Among the earliest journal entries is the opening line of a review that had appeared, in the New York Times, of the film "The Hours". This was also the opening line of a novel by Virginia Woolf. I cut it out and pasted it in my journal. "Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself."
    There are no notes around that neatly cut out quote but I can imagine why it had appealed to a first-time novelist. You read Woolf's line and are suddenly aware of the brisk entry into a fully-formed world. No fussing around with irrelevant detail and back-story. And I began to write various opening lines.
    Read more How to write a novel

    ReplyDelete
  19. 减速机 齿轮减速机 SEW减速机 摆线针轮减速机 蜗轮蜗杆减速机 interlining
    明星代言 明星经纪公司
    制动单元 铝壳电阻
    modern abstract art sofa manufacturer
    净水器 开水器 净水机 净水 软水机 软水 直饮机 家用净水 家用净水器 家用净水机 中央净水 中央净水器 水家装 水家电 水卫士 混合机
    过滤机 DHL快递 俄罗斯签证 回转支承 Laser marking
    保险箱 法兰 法兰标准
    polycarbonate sheet 回流焊 波峰焊
    压球机 注册上海公司 儿童摄影
    牛皮癣 皮肤病 制氮机
    食堂售餐机 校园一卡通
    学校一卡通 ic卡售饭机
    食堂售饭机 深圳一卡通
    广东售饭机 机电设备安装
    北京发票 代开发票
    餐饮发票 住宿发票
    广告发票
    网络电话 免费网络电话
    假发 补发
    织发 植发
    压滤机 板框压滤机
    蒸馏水机 纯蒸气发生器
    上海搬家公司 上海搬场公司
    大众搬家 大众搬场
    张家界旅游 香港旅游
    深圳旅行社 打包机
    收缩机 对讲机 电源模块
    血管栓塞剂
    售饭机 水控机 水控器
    萎缩性胃炎 neoprene laptop bags
    SEO优化
    SEO优化 计量泵
    胃炎 胃病
    冷水机 冰水机
    工业冷水机
    北京特价机票 北京打折计票 北京国际机票
    北京机票预定 北京飞机票
    北京订机票 北京机票查询 饮料机械
    银杏 水培花卉 企业宣传片 空分设备
    化工泵 离心机
    电话交换机 程控交换机 集团电话 集装袋
    混合机 混合机
    混合机捏合机 捏合机
    捏合机导热油炉 导热油炉
    导热油炉 反应釜 反应釜
    反应釜 spherical roller bearing
    搬运车 搬运车 电动搬运车 油桶搬运车 堆高车 电动堆高车 半电动堆高车 堆垛车
    高空作业平台车 电动叉车 平衡重叉车 前移叉车 电瓶叉车
    韩国饰品批发 模块电源
    X架 超薄灯箱> 易拉宝 展柜制作
    代理服务器 游戏加速器 网络加速器
    网通加速器 电信加速器 电信网通转换器
    电信网通加速器 网通电信互转
    网通电信互通 网络游戏加速器
    美国VPN代理 美国独享VPN 美国独享IP
    pvc ceiling panel Spherical roller bearings
    SEO优化
    安全鞋 劳保鞋 防砸鞋 电绝缘鞋 上海安全鞋 上海劳保鞋 江苏劳保鞋
    服装软件 服装管理软件 进销存软件
    进销存管理软件 服装管理系统 服装进销存软件
    进销存系统 进销存管理系统 免费进销存软件
    吉林中医 东北特产
    打包机
    阳痿 阴茎短小 阴茎增大
    早泄 前列腺炎 阴茎增粗 阴茎延长
    国际机票 上海国际机票
    国际特价机票 国际打折机票
    砂磨机 砂磨机
    砂磨机 卧式砂磨机
    卧式砂磨机 卧式砂磨机
    三辊研磨机 三辊研磨机
    三辊研磨机 混合机 混合机
    混合机 锥形混合机 锥形混合机 锥形混合机 行星动力混合机 行星动力混合机 行星动力混合机 无重力混合机 无重力混合机 无重力混合机
    干粉砂浆设备 干粉砂浆设备
    干粉砂浆设备 捏合机 捏合机 捏合机 导热油炉 导热油炉 导热油炉 反应釜 反应釜 反应釜 搪玻璃反应釜 搪玻璃反应釜 搪玻璃反应釜
    乳化机 涂料设备 干混砂浆设备 无重力混合机 胶体磨 涂料成套设备 双螺旋混合机
    北京婚庆 北京婚庆公司
    400电话
    办证 呼吸机 制氧机
    亚都 亚都加湿器 亚都净化器
    亚都装修卫士
    饰品批发 小饰品批发 韩国饰品 韩国饰品批发 premature ejaculation penis enlargement
    安利产品 马来西亚留学
    网站优化 网站推广
    衬布
    代写论文
    代写论文
    论文代写 代写论文
    磁力泵
    离心泵
    化工泵
    隔膜泵
    螺杆泵
    潜水泵
    油泵
    耐腐蚀泵
    水泵
    拖链 防护罩 排屑机 塑料拖链 钢铝拖链
    化工离心泵
    计量加油泵
    自吸式离心泵
    管道油泵
    自吸式排污泵
    潜水排污泵
    自吸式磁力泵
    耐高温磁力泵
    不锈钢多级离心泵
    多级离心泵
    耐腐蚀自吸泵
    自吸化工泵
    玻璃钢液下泵
    液下式排污泵
    卧式离心清水泵
    氟塑料磁力泵
    磁力驱动循环泵
    耐腐蚀污水泵
    卧式化工离心泵
    玻璃钢耐酸泵
    防爆管道油泵
    不锈钢多级泵
    立式多级离心泵
    塑料磁力泵
    水泵厂
    手摇油泵
    上海水泵厂
    上海水泵
    离心泵厂家
    热水泵
    清水泵
    气动隔膜泵
    深圳装饰 深圳装饰公司 深圳装修公司
    特价机票 打折机票 国际机票
    机票
    新风换气机 换气机 立式新风换气机 风机箱 新风系统 能量回收机
    搅拌机 混合机 乳化机
    分散机
    毛刷 毛刷辊 工业毛刷 刷子 钢丝刷
    涂层测厚仪 硬度计
    兆欧表 激光测距仪
    测振仪 转速表
    温湿度计 风速仪
    超声波测厚仪
    粗糙度仪
    噪音计 红外测温仪
    万用表
    硬度计 万用表
    美容院 美容加盟
    澳洲留学 澳大利亚留学
    什么是法兰
    电烤箱
    酒店预定 北京酒店预定 北京酒店
    离心机
    nail equipment nail products nail product nail uv lamp nail uv lamp nail uv lamps uv nail lamp nail brush
    nail file nail tool nail tip nail gel curing uv lamps lights
    万用表 风速仪
    红外测温仪 噪音计
    苗木价格 苗木信息 标牌制作 深圳标牌 北京儿童摄影 防静电鞋 淘宝刷信誉
    威海凤凰湖 威海海景房 大庆密封件
    打标机 淘宝刷信誉 TESOL/TEFL国际英语教师证书 英语教师进修及培训 北京快递公司 北京国际快递

    ReplyDelete
  20. This momentousdecree warcraft leveling came as a great beacon light wow lvl of hope to millions of negroslaves wow power level who had been seared power leveling in the flames of power leveling withering wrath of the lich king power leveling injustice.wrath of the lich king power leveling it came as a WOTLK Power Leveling joyous daybreak to end the long WOTLK Power Leveling night ofcaptivity.WOTLK Power Leveling but one hundred years wlk power leveling later, we must face aoc gold the tragic fact thatthe age of conan power leveling negro is still not free. aoc power leveling one hundred years later,age of conan power leveling the lifeof the negro ffxi gil is still sadly crippled by the final fantasy xi gil manacles ofsegregation guild wars gold and the chains of discrimination. one hundred yearslater, maplestory mesos the negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in themidst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.dog clothes one hundred yearslater, the negro is still languishing in the corners of americansociety and finds himself an exile in his own land.

    ReplyDelete
  21. ^^ nice blog!! ^@^

    徵信, 徵信網, 徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信社, 感情挽回, 婚姻挽回, 挽回婚姻, 挽回感情, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信, 捉姦, 徵信公司, 通姦, 通姦罪, 抓姦, 抓猴, 捉猴, 捉姦, 監聽, 調查跟蹤, 反跟蹤, 外遇問題, 徵信, 捉姦, 女人徵信, 女子徵信, 外遇問題, 女子徵信, 徵信社, 外遇, 徵信公司, 徵信網, 外遇蒐證, 抓姦, 抓猴, 捉猴, 調查跟蹤, 反跟蹤, 感情挽回, 挽回感情, 婚姻挽回, 挽回婚姻, 外遇沖開, 抓姦, 女子徵信, 外遇蒐證, 外遇, 通姦, 通姦罪, 贍養費, 徵信, 徵信社, 抓姦, 徵信, 徵信公司, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信公司, 徵信社, 徵信公司, 女人徵信, 外遇

    徵信, 徵信網, 徵信社, 徵信網, 外遇, 徵信, 徵信社, 抓姦, 徵信, 女人徵信, 徵信社, 女人徵信社, 外遇, 抓姦, 徵信公司, 徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信社, 女人徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 女子徵信社, 女子徵信社, 女子徵信社, 女子徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信,

    徵信, 徵信社,徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 外遇, 抓姦, 離婚, 外遇,離婚,

    徵信, 外遇, 離婚, 徵信社, 徵信, 外遇, 抓姦, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 外遇, 徵信社, 徵信, 外遇, 抓姦, 徵信社, 征信, 征信, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 征信, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信, 外遇, 抓姦, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信,

    ReplyDelete
  22. Faint hint of the love of friendship

    Faint hint of the love of friendship. There is a friend, I think that is a cheap wow gold kind of love and friendship between the feelings between, you will occasionally miss a time to silence him, reminds him, the warm heart, a beautiful, a moving. Sad and worried at the time, you will think of him, you hope that he can in your side, give you comfort and buy wow power leveling understanding to you, and you never talk to him, are you afraid of their own grief that would preclude him from peaceful life.

    You will be a song, a color, think of him, think of my wow gold his sincerity, he reminds me of the dedication, his mind had gone through the ups and downs together. With such a friend, you will treasure their lives and love their own lives, because you know I hope you had a good, he would like you to take care of themselves properly, and then to meet, he cheapest wow power leveling would like you to tell him you very happy.

    That the concept of secularism, in your mind, because his replica replica rolex presence has become pale and weak, you are only in the depths of the bottom of my heart for this man set up a small space, stick with that quietly happy memories, from the the very beginning you know that you will not have any love, it seems that talk about love on the desecration CHEAP wow power level of this emotion, this can only be a friendship. This is how in the end all about? You want to for many years, but no clue.

    You seldom have contacts in this long life, you meet the door may be only a few of the ten thousandth time, but in each other's hearts retain a miss, one asked, even if he went to the ends of the earth, even after many, many years, even BUY power leveling when the meet again, has long been a non-object is not, you still remember back as a profound, and this has been sufficient.

    Sometimes life will calm a dry, maybe you will fall into the dry I replica rolex replica did this, perhaps what you do not have love, perhaps early HUAFA, full sideburns pale, but with such a friend, in the your life will ripple slightly, a little color, do you think of him. He remembered the quiet, perhaps the Health and cheap lotro gold the WHO will not forget.

    Am grateful for you in this world, there is such a person, he is replica rolex not around you, he did not do anything for you, but you hope that he would have been very good, long life, happiness well-being ... ...

    Am glad you had a feeling like that, pure and long, in this complex CHEAPEST power leveling world, there are such a friend, it is worth to cheap rs gold lbless you to miss ... ...

    ReplyDelete
  23. I am grateful to you for this great content.aöf thanks radyo dinle cool hikaye very nice ssk only cinsellik very nice ehliyet only home free kadın last go korku jomax med olsaoy hikaye lesto go müzik dinle free only film izle love aşk only mp3 indir only radyolar lest go açıköğretim free net only filmler

    ReplyDelete

Disqus for Youth Curry - Insight on Indian Youth