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God Save the Dork by Sidin Vadukut

Posted by RB Kollannur on July 15, 2012


Note: This review is part of a weekly book review column that I write for City Journal, an English newspaper based in Thrissur, Kerala.

Published on 13/02/2012

Publisher – Penguin; Pages – 242; Cost – Rs 199; Purchased from Cosmo.

Early 2011, Sidin Vadukut revealed the secret diary of Robin “Einstein” Varghese, a fictional MBA grad from one of those B schools in Ahmedabad, a place where overpaying formerly bankrupt investment banks/consultancy firms find new recruits.

After getting into one such company, Robin fumbled his way through a fortuitous year managing to get a promotion and a steady girlfriend.

Now, Sidin is back with the sequel God Save the Dork.

If you had given Sidin’s first novel, Dork, a miss believing it to be just another college/post college stuff spawned by the popularity of Peter Robinson’s Snapshots from Hell, you are indeed unfortunate. You have missed one of the funniest “work” since Liar’s Poker.

While Dork cannot match up to the dark comedy of Liar’s Poker, especially in light of the US housing industry collapse, it did provide a few telling blows to the practices of consultancy firms and top level MBA grads in India.

But what set Dork apart from other B-School books was its satirical nature. Mixing up the foolhardiness of Bertie Wooster of the PG Wodehouse fame and the bragging quality of Reggie Mantle of the Archies, Sidin has created a character that is seriously hilarious and hilariously serious.

In God Save the Dork, Sidin continues with the theme made familiar in the first book. Robin has an uncomfortable close encounter with a collar mike which becomes a recurring side gag (the first had an encounter with a swan), an HR exercise run by an attractive female colleague and a grand finale.

In the meantime, Robin tries to get dumped by his girlfriend or not to get fired, thanks to his consistent buffooneries.

While the first book dealt with certain “unethical” practices by consultants around the world, the second book opens a page into business corruption. God Save the Dork is staged in London, where Sidin is presently living, as a columnist with Mint, and he has tried to introduce bits and pieces of mundane London life into the book.

There are too many Mohanlal references though, perhaps a fallback to Sidin’s Malayali roots, which may alienate the Mammotty fans who may read the book. GSTD scores over the first with a better finish, by being more believable, despite being outrageous.

If you are looking for a couple of hours of laugh riot, God Save the Dork is the perfect catalyst.

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