Sunday, February 14, 2010


DORK: The Incredible Adventures Of Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese

Sidin Vadukut
239 pages
Rs 199
Dork: The Incredible Adventures of Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese is for all of those who’ve ever sat depressed in cubicles…and wanted to kill themselves with office stationery. Especially that letter opener thing.
Those who can, do; those who can't, dork Livemint
Headpiece filled with silly dreams Telegraph
Vanity fair Tehelka

'Dork' is dorky, but not fun Sify

Why does it seem like we are churning out only two kinds of books these days - those based on the 'real' (read poverty stricken, desperation laden) India or those based on the quirky life of the IITians and the IIM grads? Isn't one Chetan Bhagat enough?

I have several grouses with Dork: it doesn't have a single character that is level headed and rational; Vadukut is unable to sustain his humorous momentum for too long; there are a lot of slapstick situations, but very little of wit, satire or irony; the corporate jargon gets BORING after a few chapters and the jokes are too contextual, and the only time we see life outside of work is when Varghese pursues his other interest - love a.k.a. sex. 
I'm planning to give this book to my friend, a teacher, and see if she gets anything out of it.

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