By the Water Cooler by Parul Sharma, published by Westland Ltd., is about two childhood friends, Mini and Tanya, who leave their jobs in advertising to join JR Enterprises. Mini has hopes of facing big challenges. However, Tanya felt she had too much work at the other firm and yarns for some ‘personal time’ in her new job.
They would not have imagined in their wildest dreams of what was in store for them. They find that the HR manager who had hired them had just been fired. The disillusioned manager tells them of some facts about the organization, about an unreasonable CEO, and that the marketing manager and some other staff too had been sacked.
Mini and Tanya find these allegations true on their very first meeting with the CEO. Mini is assigned work under another equally unreasonable, fanatic boss, who wants to keep her subdued. But she is assigned a really difficult task with deadlines to meet and her boss does everything in her capacity to make things go wrong. Tanya is pushed down to the basement with hardly any work to do. She uses this time for her own personal work – planning out her impending wedding. Tanya’s wedding plans and event management is portrayed in a humorous manner.
It is quite an interesting read as we travel with Mini, to see if she gets to meet the deadlines against the terrible odds and conflicts she has to face. Does she prove herself or fail to impress?
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- The author has pictured the happenings in a typical office space – the dirty politics, misuse of power, the office mole and all such matters in quite a witty manner.
- The unreasonable Avinash and Shipra, the eccentric Mumu who dreams of being a detective, the seemingly good and affable Prakash (actually the CEO’s spy), the laid-back Tanya and her whims, the ambitious Mini, even the boss of Azura magazine – the thin Vaishali have all been portrayed in depth.
- There are quite a few surprises, like what Prakash is up to in secret.
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- We even get a few tips on wedding planning and event management.
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- How Vaishali could survive with such an eating disorder.
Get a glimpse of breaks by the water cooler in a madhouse of a corporate office.