Monday, May 18, 2015

Book Review: Get Corporated Before You Get Fired by Rajeev Rakesh Tamhankar

Review: Get Corporated Before You Get Fired by Rajeev Rakesh Tamhankar

Get Corporated Before You Get Fired
Author: Rajeev Rakesh Tamhankar
ISBN: 978-9352013111

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Get Corporated Before You Get Fired, by Rajeev Rakesh Tamhankar, is a short, funny, satire on corporate dynamics between an employee, his boss, and the various corporate verticals like HR and Marketing.

Blurb from Get Corporated Before You Get Fired:

Despite the best preventive HR policies of randomly reorganizing the department and designing incomprehensible appraisal processes, Sid, an employee has got promoted within a short span of five years. And the HR vice president is absolutely not happy about this! He needs an RCA done and he needs it fast!

Meet Sid-an average employee who gets thrashed by his boss, duped by his HR and confused by the management. Join Sid in his corporate journey of launching a new smart phone brand. Discover the corporate work culture as he makes his way through various graphs, pie-charts, bell-curves and what not-all to save his job!


When I received this book, I thought it was going to have a lot of corporate jargon that I would find difficult to relate with. Launching a new smartphone seemed like it would involve a heavy course in technical and marketing related stuff. But, I was totally wrong!

Get Corporated Before You Get Fired, by Rajeev Rakesh Tamhankar, is a simple, slightly exaggerated, sarcastic take on the usual "office politics" that all of us who have ever worked in the corporate sector will be well aware of and will easily be able to relate with.

Sid is a classic "over-achiever" employee of an Indian online retail giant. You know the kind of employees who always come on time, work hard, do overtime also at no extra pay, and never get promoted? That kind. The story is about how he launches a new smartphone, and, more importantly, WHY he launches that new smartphone! Oh and also HOW he got promoted! That's the best part!

The story takes you through all the typical (and somewhat cunning, if I might add) practices of corporate heads, HR executives, and Marketing teams, in a humorously entertaining fashion, without ever becoming predictable. It is the story of thousands of junior-level employees like Sid, who face these situations daily in their work life.

Written in a contemporary style, with a simple story line (no complicated plots or characters), Get Corporated Before You Get Fired makes for a light, breezy read. (It was less than 125 pages long.) I was able to identify so many of the character sketches from my previous workplaces. In fact, as I read the book, I wished more than once that Mr. Tamhankar had written it 12 years ago, when I had started working in the corporate sector! It could have been so useful to me back then! :P

My rating: 4.5 out of 5. Get Corporated Before You Get Fired, by Rajeev Rakesh Tamhankar, is a must-read novella for all those who are working, or have ever worked, in the corporate sector. Although, I must add here... the HR, Marketing, and Management guys might not like the joke on them! :D

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for reviewing, but that has, in no way, affected my rating and opinions.


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10 comments:

Ava Suri said...

Oh! This sounds interesting. I am quite aware of the shenanigans that go on in office, and should enjoy it.

Good review.

Chicky said...

Oh yes, Ava... DO try it!
Thanks :)

Shilpa Garg said...

Wow! Sounds great! I have seen office politics and office creatures of all kinds so it would be interesting to re-visit them through this book And satire/humor is my fav genre!

Chicky said...

Thank god, Shilpa! At least horror isn't your favorite genre! :P ;-)

Rachna said...

Seems like a fun breezy read. I will add it to my reading list.

Chicky said...

It was, Rachna.

Parul said...

Wow! that sure sounds interesting :) Will check it out..

Rajlakshmi said...

...and I thought all humour is lost in the corporate world :)
Well reviewed :)

Chicky said...

Sure do that, Parul!

Chicky said...

It is, Raji. It's only when you're OUT of that world that you finally begin to see the humour that was! ;-)

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