Title: How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company
Writer : Varun Agarwal
My Rating: 3 on 5
How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company (that takes the award for the longest title) is an autobiographical novel of Varun Agarwal and how he become a hero from a zero. Varun graduated from engineering, only to find himself in the usual mess of what career path to choose. Anu Aunty and his mother shedding tears Bollywood style were of little help in Varun taking the right decision. While his mother and the Aunty clan pestered him to take up a 9-to-5 job, Varun refused to budge and established himself as a successful entrepreneur.
The first thing I noticed about the book is its unusual style of writing. Varun doesn’t patronize or dole out gyan at the drop of a hat, but speaks to the reader like a buddy and carries on with his stories and struggles in this informal, chatty voice which instantly makes you feel at home. Varun gives us the whole story of how the idea of starting his own company came about, how he struggled and survived and of course there is a serving of Anu Aunty and the gang on the sides.There is the usual episodes of crushes, flirting, making out which typically happen in a boy’s life.
For a Bangalorean, this book is like a trip down the memory lane. With familiar phrases, hang outs and places, every Bangalorean will relive his/her college days through this book. Others do not despair because Varun helpfully explains the phrases and places so that non-Bangaloreans don’t feel left out.
The usual rules of writing style, character development do not apply to this book at all. This book is like reading someone’s diary and getting a glimpse into their life. While Varun narrates the story of how his company was born, he also makes it a point to give out some advice when he feels like. I particularly liked the one on website designing. As someone who sits on the other side of the table, I find Varun’s advice spot on: talk to the designer only when you have a clear idea of what you want.
This book is not a self-help book if you are planning to start your company. It’s like chatting with your friend over coffee and asking him to share how things went with his own firm. If you are expecting intellectual insights into becoming an entrepreneur, this book is not for you. If you are looking for an easy, relaxed read over a lazy afternoon, read this book and you won’t be disappointed.