What I did not Learn at IIT: Transitioning from Campus to Workplace, Rajeev Agarwal with Foreword by S. Somasegar

(Random House, Rs. 150)

What is the measure of success? Are there dos and don’ts when it comes to corporate behaviour?

This book, written by the founder and CEO of MAQ Software, is an informative guide, put together after decades of life experience, on how to make a success of your career.

Written in a simple style, Rajeev Agarwal explains the techniques he applied and what worked for him. Encouraging graduates to look at their careers over a 40-year span, Rajeev explains that being passionate about every job you do is vital to reaching that pinnacle. Using a skilful combination of personal stories and checklists, this book offers students, young and old, a roadmap for success.

Remote: Office Not Required, David Heinemeier Hansson, Jason Fried

(Ebury Publishing, Rs. 599)

We have been dominated by the under-one-roof Industrial Revolution model of work. That era is changing. There is no longer a reason for the daily roll call, or the need to be seen in the office. The technology to work remotely and to avoid the daily grind of commuting and meetings has finally come of age. That’s what bestselling authors Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson talk about here.

It’s all about remote working… it’s the future and is rushing towards us.

Combining eye-opening ideas with a gripping narrative, this book will convince you that working remotely increases productivity and innovation and it will also teach you how to get it right whether you are a manager, working solo or as part of a team.

Been There Bungled That: At College, Consulting, Marketing, Advertising and Life, Paddy Rangappa

(Random House, Rs. 250)

The journey of an MBA graduate from classroom to corporate boardroom unfolds…

Jagannath Srinivasan aka Jags is bright, albeit highly confused, upwardly mobile and armed with an IIT+IIM education. He drifts through life in benign auto pilot mode, easily swayed by the things he reads, the people he meets and the advice he receives. One day while trying to break into his professor’s house to submit a late assignment, he chances upon a girl whom he marries.

He is then let loose to make his mark on the world. Jags goes from one job to another and one country to another, bungling and stumbling through it all.

This is a witty yet insightful take on the corporate world, family and life at large.