Kochi: Next time you see a techie limping, ask him if he has read Kerala techie Nipun Varma’s book ‘Adventures of an Indian Techie’. If he/she says yes, don’t worry, this was just coming.
Peppered with political views that connect with the spirit of the new generation, Nipun Varma’s book is what happens when a creative generalist crashlands in a jargonised world
Discounting any ‘harm’ to techies during the making of the book and skillfully warding off possible harm post publication, Nipun opens the book with the right sample of what is in store for the reader.
Simmered in wit, and a fair share of survival techniques, his graphically crafted book could be imagined as an outcome of a chat between a still-working (read depressed) Chetan Bhagat and Paulo Coelho over coffee, with the former seeking advice.
In a brief chat, the author, a Project Manager with UST Global at Infopark Kochi, said, “the book is based on experiences, but it isn’t a fully fact-based one either. You know I wanted it to be a simple and honest narrative and hope I have walked the tightrope reasonably well!”
While he was working on the book, which the reader can easily relate to, he has lightheartedly touched upon the ‘mumbo jumbo’ of both the personal and professional worlds of a techie.
Peppered with political observations that aptly connect with the spirit of the new generation, Nipun’s book is the result of the entry of a creative generalist into a specialised domain where jargons hold sway.
“There has never been an insider’s account on the life of a techie, while like everyone else, we are also in our own jungle governed by our own rules. The jungle is full of creative animals all with their own stories. That’s how the book materialized as a personal narrative from a ‘techie-next door’,” said Nipun, who hails from Kottayam.
Though set in a workplace through most parts of the narrative, Nipun has deftly woven in the generational terror unleashed on the poor ‘1-gram’ (read the book or check Nipun’s glossary for a definition) techies by the kindred and others alike.
As our protagonist drags himself to the office day after day we get to see the oh-so-relatable workplace faux pas. From boardroom blackouts to dining disasters, the 13-chapter story has enough for even non-techies to connect with.
While explaining what prompted him to write, the creative ‘wolf’ masquerading as an IT ‘sheep’ said, “the job is important but one needs an appropriate creative vent, too. Writing keeps me going and gives purpose to my every day. And it isn’t just me, most of us here have gone through what I have mentioned in the introduction of the book as the non-existent possibility of exploring one’s innate passions. But again it’s all about how do you want to take things. I always prefer to present things in a lighter vein.’’
Just a disclaimer keeping with the spirit of the book – Nipun has possibly reserved tips for an onsite for his next book – no luck there.
Nipun’s book will take you into the ‘mysteries’ of the curious world of a techie in India. Go ahead, grab your copy, the book is an easy read by all means.