IIM – Ganjdundwara: Book Review

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This book was published in January 2008. I got my hands on a copy only last week. After I finished the book, I was so impressed.

I’m surprised that I’ve never heard of it till now. Was this raved about at the time of release and I missed it totally? Or the publishers chose to maintain a low profile?

Whatever it was, this by no means is an average book. It overtakes any other book in this genre (IIT/IIM guys writing their college/career stories) by its sheer content.

Though it’s a ‘dear diary’ type of novel, all the characters breathe life to the story, however small their role is.

It starts off with two management trainees finding their way to Rangpurgaon, a small village where they’ll spend the next 2 months as part of their training program.

How they adapt themselves to village life, live without a bathroom or internet connection, succeed in generating income to the women’s self help group with their products and finally get a taste of the brutal laws of village, is the story.

The narration is simple. Like I said earlier, it’s more like reading someone’s diary. But that itself makes it a very interesting read. The purpose of the book is not to showcase (or show off!) the author’s command over the English language. But to recreate (it’s semi-autobiographical) life in a remote village in all its glory.

It has humor too.  Simple incidents like the villagers wanting to buy the laptop from the trainees so they can attach it to their tractors to watch movies and songs as they work, the way almost the entire village escorting the two to buy a bicycle in the nearest town are two good examples.

The characters portrayed are so likeable. From the village supremo Martand Tiwari who terrorises everyone but clucks around the two city dwellers like a mother hen, his younger brother Anuj who is tongue-tied in his brother’s presence, but shares his dream of a ‘love marriage’ with the young city men… the star-crossed lovers Lalu and Manju whose idea of a date is to walk a few paces away from each other in the pretext of some chores… the old men who form the panchayat with Martand Tiwari, who grill the two men on their first day and after being shocked they’re still unmarried, offer to find them good matches… and not to mention Shyam who shares this adventure with the author..

All of them are so true to life and you genuinely start liking them after a few pages.

I don’t know if the dramatic end is fictional or not, but I closed the book with tears in my eyes.

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5 Comments

  1. Gradwolf said,

    May 23, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    never heard of it! Gotta grab a copy…

    please do! i actually borrowed this from eloor!

  2. buddy said,

    May 25, 2009 at 8:51 am

    am going to beg borrow or steal this one

    🙂 hope u like it!

  3. Swetha Kasthurirangan said,

    May 25, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    this was a lousy book

    🙂 this was just my two-cents!

  4. kusublakki said,

    May 25, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Nice review! Summer time is the best time in the year to sit back and read 🙂

    i know! school re-opens in a few weeks.. 😦

  5. maami said,

    May 25, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Happy reading ma, happy reading!

    thank you ma, thank u!


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