Author: Varun Agarwal
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Here’s a young writer who hopes to encourage budding entrepreneurs with his story.
For those who love Bangalore city, this book can prove to be a trip down nostalgia lane. Whether it is the courtyards of Bishop Cotton’s school that flits back into your memory, the vagrant weather with its sudden spurts of rain, the memory of which stays with you or the dim confines of Noon Wines which you may or may not have visited… there is much in the book that comes back in a sudden flash of clarity to those who love the city.
And then, there is the boyish writing with its lavish use of swear words and the SMS lingo that young boys seem to consider a natural part of their vocabulary, which runs through the book like his signature touch.
The storyline, however, is simple. The book is about the 20-something protagonist (Varun, himself) who has entrepreneurial dreams. So he starts off a venture with his friends, only to be thwarted at any every stage by Anu Aunty, who in his own words is “one of those women who always poked her nose into everyone else’s problems and sniffed for one when there was none.” Varun and his friends, however are a determined lot and they put their pub hopping, Facebook stalking, generally loafing ways on the back burner and start a merchandise company that creates customized hoodies and T-shirts for the alumni of schools and colleges. Is it easy? Of course, it isn’t. Not with Anu Aunty in the foreground and all the other glitches a budding entrepreneur faces in India.
The book is as light hearted as they come, written in a boyish (almost bordering on childish) style that could appeal to some or prove to be a turn off for others. But the writer, young though he is, manages to hold the interest of his reader right through.
Pick up this book if you are looking for something fresh, fun and maybe even informative for the weekend.
Available with: Arun Sharma