Ten years ago my day began with an alarm which I snoozed a handful of times. Then once I was decent enough for society, I’d have to endure a cab ride to an office. Yes, ten years ago I had a job at an MNC.
Oh, why I quit and what I did after will probably be written about by historians were I to accomplish something significant (or significantly dumb). But let’s just say, for now, no one cares. Having a job is, IMHO, a sadistic experience. There is pain and then there is pleasure. You have to endure the pain, inflict it at times even, to get the pleasure of seeing a credit to your bank account.
Rishi Piparaiya in his book, Job Be Damned, makes a satirical detailing of that particular societal norm. On a serious note, there’s plenty to learn. You need not look up a business text to know stuff, like what an SME entails, Piparaiya does it in a way you aren’t going to forget. And then there is the information about what happens in every office, everywhere. Job Be Damned is valid no matter where one works or the industry.
Job Be Damned is an absolute must-read for everyone, freshers and seasoned professionals alike. I would even include those beginning their college life in that group because Job Be Damned will make a lot of sense when you are facing projects and seminars. These are your trial runs before work life starts. Piparaiya begins with an excellent strategy – he gets the book going in order from resumes to interviews and then office life and finally giving up! Twenty chapters to get you through the wisdom gained in as many years.
While the chapters themselves where fun to read, there are important takeaways and one can’t just discount them as funny text, it is the collection of anecdotes that make the chapter more interesting. Piparaiya does what any good teacher would – involve the audience. He has explained the concept, and now he provides an example of how the concept works in practice. Interesting examples, some of which you may have already known but will look at now from a new perspective. Oh, for sure there’s stuff I wouldn’t think is practical (no one would play a loop of typing sounds, would they?). But for the most part, there is some truth to all of it. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if, while reading, one tends to reminisce about a similar situation one has faced. Job Be Damned really would have been handy a decade ago for me.
For those of you who aren’t fascinated with reading, the TL;DR folks, just jump to chapter twenty. Job Be Damned is an excellent book that fits you with a few more tools in your arsenal.
I’d definitely recommend it to everyone.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars