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God Save The Dork narrates the comic tale of a young management executive and his misadventures at the workplace.


Summary Of The Book

God Save the Dork is the sequel to the popular book written by Sidin Vadukut - Dork: The Incredible Adventures of Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese. The stories revolve around a young management executive, fresh out of management school, trying to claw his way up the corporate ladder.


The problem with Robin Varghese is that though he has a high opinion of his own abilities, he is unable to translate these into actions. In this book, Robin Varghese is sent to London by his company, Dufresne Partners, to work on the Lederman account.


His life there is complicated at every turn. He falls in love with a young management intern, is blackmailed by a hotel IT manager to help him land a job at Lederman, and his attempts to soak in high culture through visits to British museums seem jinxed.


He tries various methods to get the attention of the young co-worker, but fails. To complicate things, he is embarrassed by his misadventures with a wax statue, his inadvertently carrying his clip-on microphone to places where he should not have taken it, and his mixing up of exchange rates.


Through all this, his commitment to give his best and deliver satisfaction to the client through the brilliant combination of strategy, out-of-the-box thinking, and expertise does not diminish. All of his plans, of course, backfire. But helped by a series of coincidences, he manages to scrape through.


God Save the Dork continues in the style of the first book, a satirical and witty take on the world of corporate consultancy and management. The blunders of the protagonist Robin Varghese highlight the absurdities in corporate life, and the character’s very mediocrity makes him attractive, despite his pretensions.


About Sidin Vadukut

Sidin Vadukut was born in a small town in Kerala. He is an engineering graduate from NIT-Trichy and also holds an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.


Sidin Vadukut is also the author of Dork: The Incredible Adventures of Robin ‘Einstein Varghese.


He is currently an editor and columnist at the business publication, Mint. He also occasionally contributes to The New York Times. He is a columnist at the cricket website, Cricinfo. Vadukut currently lives in London with his wife.

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Author Sidin Vadukut
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Publisher PENGUIN INDIA
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 2011
ISBN-13 9780143414100
ISBN-10 0143414100
Language English
Binding Paperback
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If you want Vadukut's best, head over to Page 2 on Cricinfo.

I'll say this for Sidin. He's a brave, brave man.

He's one of India's finest humour writers, with an instantly recognizable style, which is not something very easy to achieve. And yet, when he came out with a book, it was written as someone else (Robin Varghese). He deliberately HAD to be mediocre, he HAD to be annoying, he HAD to curtail his usual brilliance in order to bring out the character in the first person. And since your first novel is what many people are going to judge you by, that is a brave, brave thing to do.

Which is why I loved Dork 1. It wasn't Sidin as we knew him on Wha...
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I'll say this for Sidin. He's a brave, brave man.

He's one of India's finest humour writers, with an instantly recognizable style, which is not something very easy to achieve. And yet, when he came out with a book, it was written as someone else (Robin Varghese). He deliberately HAD to be mediocre, he HAD to be annoying, he HAD to curtail his usual brilliance in order to bring out the character in the first person. And since your first novel is what many people are going to judge you by, that is a brave, brave thing to do.

Which is why I loved Dork 1. It wasn't Sidin as we knew him on Wha...
I'll say this for Sidin. He's a brave, brave man.

He's one of India's finest humour writers, with an instantly recognizable style, which is not something very easy to achieve. And yet, when he came out with a book, it was written as someone else (Robin Varghese). He deliberately HAD to be mediocre, he HAD to be annoying, he HAD to curtail his usual brilliance in order to bring out the character in the first person. And since your first novel is what many people are going to judge you by, that is a brave, brave thing to do.

Which is why I loved Dork 1. It wasn't Sidin as we knew him on Whatay, but it was Sidin in terms of the humour. The character. It was fresh. And at one point, I laughed out loud.

I was excited about Dork 2.

Unfortunately, the book disappoints. Robin's character was endearing in Book 1 but just seems out-and-out annoying here. The storyline is predictable - guy builds himself up in pomposity before crashing, only to be rescued by sheer luck at the end. It's not a bad thing, having a predictable formula (heck, Wodehouse did it for 90 books), but the story stops being gripping at a few points. Which is sad, because the hype around the book was huge and the Author's Note was a riot (coming to think of it, probably the funniest thing in the book).

It's also unpardonable to have typos. Putting in a 'loose' for 'lose' is something you might expect on a n00b starting on Blogger, but not from one of India's best bloggers and editors at Penguin India. Shocking. I spotted at least three errors.

Not that it's money badly spent. The narrative is a refreshingly different style (form of diary entries), there are certain gems (Robin dissing a person who wants to develop a social network where people tell each other what they do in 140 characters), and at the Flipkart price, it's a fantastic bit of timepass for 3 hours. And the Flipkart packaging is, as usual, brilliant.

It's going to be interesting what Vadukut churns out in the next book of the trilogy - it has to be along the same lines, and it'll be challenging keeping the fatigue in mind.

I maintain that Sidin is one of India's funniest writers, and the stuff he puts up on Cricinfo is probably the funniest stuff on the Indian interwebz today, and it's highly recommended you check that stuff out before forming your opinion of him as a writer on the basis of this book alone.

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26 Dec 2011
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Sarcasm, wit and sandwich of Fun

Okay, you want to read a review of a book based upon Sarcasm at its belittling best, quirky office culture and misadventures which some mysterious way settle like you have never expected, well you said you wanted, so you suckh :) Leave it, coming to the real deal, it is a worthy successor in sort of propelling to wish the third to come too.

I finished the reading in a week, taking some 30 min of my bus journey to office and back and sometime reading at home before dinner. I had expected it to be laced with high flying management gyaan and Robin's self-praising super skills, a foreign setti...
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Okay, you want to read a review of a book based upon Sarcasm at its belittling best, quirky office culture and misadventures which some mysterious way settle like you have never expected, well you said you wanted, so you suckh :) Leave it, coming to the real deal, it is a worthy successor in sort of propelling to wish the third to come too.

I finished the reading in a week, taking some 30 min of my bus journey to office and back and sometime reading at home before dinner. I had expected it to be laced with high flying management gyaan and Robin's self-praising super skills, a foreign setti...
Okay, you want to read a review of a book based upon Sarcasm at its belittling best, quirky office culture and misadventures which some mysterious way settle like you have never expected, well you said you wanted, so you suckh :) Leave it, coming to the real deal, it is a worthy successor in sort of propelling to wish the third to come too.

I finished the reading in a week, taking some 30 min of my bus journey to office and back and sometime reading at home before dinner. I had expected it to be laced with high flying management gyaan and Robin's self-praising super skills, a foreign setting and lots of moronic acts, I have got them all. You may not proudly place it on your book shelf and wait to show off to your would be 12 year old kid to be a classic and full of worldly values and yet chances are so, he would pick it up someday and that will be the day he would find you a cool dad!

One criticism of the book could be the underdeveloped characters of Gouri, any close friends and yes Valentia. How could we forget her, Sidin has got his best lines for her. I can guess we all would get a sweet little spot for the hapless office-girl. One thing to look forward to would be to come out of the dairy entries like thing and stop saying he always wanted to invent twitter. The white tiger reference should end.

Still, happy I picked it.

Jagannath.

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God Save The Dork

The last time I laughed so much when reading a book was when I was reading PG Wodehouse, many years back. Sidin has the same type of wit.This book is better than Sidin's first book. A must read for all book lovers, especially if you had ever read/liked PG. Sidin makes fun of the modern day MBAs and their jargon, neatly. And intersperses the text with dashes of clean humour, PG style.

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Dork 2 - A Mixed bag

What starts as a good humored funny story turns to an overstretched novel. You can't help loving the Hero i.e Robin 'Einstein' Varghese till later in the book when he becomes simply annoying. Character development is non existent which could be due to the reason that its a sequel. This, however, is no reason since there will be many readers out there for whom this will be the first Dork book they read. There is no point referring to incidents that happened in first book and that don't help the story. All in all, read it if you can finish it one sitting. Not worth it if you have to pick it u... ()

What starts as a good humored funny story turns to an overstretched novel. You can't help loving the Hero i.e Robin 'Einstein' Varghese till later in the book when he becomes simply annoying. Character development is non existent which could be due to the reason that its a sequel. This, however, is no reason since there will be many readers out there for whom this will be the first Dork book they read. There is no point referring to incidents that happened in first book and that don't help the story. All in all, read it if you can finish it one sitting. Not worth it if you have to pick it u...
What starts as a good humored funny story turns to an overstretched novel. You can't help loving the Hero i.e Robin 'Einstein' Varghese till later in the book when he becomes simply annoying. Character development is non existent which could be due to the reason that its a sequel. This, however, is no reason since there will be many readers out there for whom this will be the first Dork book they read. There is no point referring to incidents that happened in first book and that don't help the story. All in all, read it if you can finish it one sitting. Not worth it if you have to pick it up on second day to finish it.

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God Save the Reader!

I was expecting a lot of satire and lot more hilarious situations, but that was not to be. I have not read his first book, but this book didn't come up to my expectations. The main character becomes highly annoying as we reach half the book. After the first half of the book, it only feels like one is watching a badly made Bollywood movie with hardly any story. I do not recommend this book.

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Let's riot.

Ever since I read the first one,always waited for the sequel.If you are fat and have not exercised your abdominals in a quarter of a century,this book will give you cramps.Einstein is original in his mis-adventures,the king of screw-ups.A thorough laugh riot.Thank you SV,thanks FK. (View complete review)

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Not impressed

The first book's style is repeated here. But the story is boring and the situations predictable. So, situations which were hilarious in the first part becomes cliched in the second. Additionally, the story was not that interesting.

Good luck with the third part, Mr. Vadukut.
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A nice, humorous read, tickling your funny bones and grey matter together.

I am a fan of Sidin's work, both online and offline. This book picks up from where "Dork" left off. Really funny, shows you humor even in most mundane situations. Comic suspense blows my lids off. A lighter view at the fin crisis also educates you(If you are not already there!). A nice... (View complete review)

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Hilarious !

Hilarious is the only word for this book Dont go for this book if you are looking for something brainy. But if you are just looking for a stress buster laugh,then this book is for you . Definitely a one time read . Waiting for the next book ! (View complete review)

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