Keeping it real

Keeping it real
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First Published: Thu, Dec 11 2008. 01 44 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Dec 11 2008. 01 44 AM IST
New Delhi: At a time when pink slips are flying thick and fast and the nightmare of a lay off is threatening to come true for many in India, Abhijit Bhaduri’s novel Married but Available has become quite topical. Bhaduri has worked as a human resources professional for over 24 years, leading HR teams in companies as diverse as Microsoft, Pepsico, Tata Steel and Colgate.
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His protagonist Abbey, a young graduate from a premier management institute, struggles to strike the right balance between ambition, peer pressure, money, power, success and happiness. If these pressures were not enough, he also faces the sudden prospect of a layoff with a change in his company’s fortunes.
Failed relationships and marriage, politics at work, a tough boss, firing workers and doing the right thing are issues that young managers like Abbey usually deal with, even as they try to figure out the meaning of life and form an identity that is not dependent on just the visiting card, he says.
At the end of his book, Bhaduri dishes out advise: “Power, money and in some cases, even your relationships are not real. You are only as powerful as your last business card. Don’t ever take the business card so seriously that it defines your entire identity and you feel helpless without it.”
Bhaduri, himself a management graduate from XLRI Jamshedpur, says he has brought insights from his daily interactions with young managers into his book.
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First Published: Thu, Dec 11 2008. 01 44 AM IST
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