Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gilbert Jessop Mystery

One of the early novellas of the author - a cricket mystery named The Gilbert Jessop Mystery - is now being serialised by Zee India's cricketcountry.com

The novella can be accessed here

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Another touching mail from a reader

"In one word I would say that the book is 'fulfilling'. 

I loved the cannabis conferences, and the conversations between Sandeep and the doctor. The constant alliterations were a gem. It really is a welcome break from the usual crime thriller - page turner that one gets to read most often these days. There was an innate joy of just reading this one without even bothering to think about the end. 

Quoting the book itself, I would say it is a book that can be read on a train, and be remembered in the next journey too. 

Thanks for (producing) this gem"

As I say, mails like this make writing worthwhile.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A wonderful mail from a reader...

Mail from  a reader from California.

Just finished The Best Seller and the Big Apple. Great reads, great truths, especially loved dhop satori. As a former biotech consultant, I can certainly verify the observation, which I always thought of as execs blurring the boundary between hype and reality.

I started Aikido at age 40 with Robert Nadeau Sensei in Mountain View, CA. My knee went bad after three and a half years, but they were unforgettable ones. I've had spiritual teachers through the years (as a naive American mostly), but Nadeau Sensei, although a curious mixture of light and dark, taught me more about life than I've learned elsewhere. I'm 70 now, and the adventure of life continues to roll out.

In any event, thanks loads for sharing your great writing and trenchant insights. I'll be looking forward to future efforts.

Scroll Articles - Current Issue: Jeeves and the Booker Prize

Scroll Articles - Current Issue: Jeeves and the Booker Prize:

A complete Jeeves novella by Arunabha Sengupta with apologies to P.G. Wodehouse
This was published in the PG Wodehouse special issue of Scroll.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Dr. Roy's Web Wisdom: Debugged - Swarms Caught in the Net

Dr. Roy's Web Wisdom: Debugged - Swarms Caught in the Net: How much does the modern phenomenon of Social Networking emulate or mimic the smart swarms of ants, termites and honeybees? And why cannot man use Social Networking to its fullest potential by following the trail of these swarms?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Peaking with the Parents

If sales peaked for the Mother's Day celebrations, Father's Day hasn't been too bad either.
Lots of parents seem to find The Best Seller inflicted on them nowadays.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Kindling the Flame

Got my check from Amazon Kindle.
Royalty on the past three months of sales amount to more than the sum-total of what traditional publishers have paid me all these years.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Surge of Sales - Mother's Day?

A surge of sales this weekend brings The Best Seller to number 4 on a special Kindle category. Mother's day gift? Maybe...

It stays on number 2 on Financial Crisis best sellers results.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The FunAsia Interview - the complete script

Here is the complete script of the interview with FunAsia Radio 700 AM on 6th April. 

A special thanks to Sarveshi, the gracious and charming host of the show.

Sarveshi Shukla : In the next segment, we will be talking to someone who has broken all conventional boundaries and stood by what he feels.
I had once read – “We are individually multiple..” – I can say I have seen these multiple individualities in this one person…
Joining from Baden, Switzerland
at 2 in the morning
I came to know him through an internal magazine circulated in a US based IT company.  The magazine had published an article about a person who was not restricted by the perimeters of his job. Apart from having a successful career an IT, he had by then authored 2 books which had been critically acclaimed. I was intrigued. And I reached out to him. And he responded and I have since then had a chance to know him through his works and on a personal level. So here people, I have Mr. Arunabha Sengupta, live with us from Baden, Switzerland. Welcome to the airwaves of FunAsia Radio, 700 AM sir.
Arunabha Sengupta – Thank you Sarveshi, I am glad to join you. To give you an idea of how glad I am, let me tell you that it is two o’clock in the morning here in Switzerland and I am up just to speak to you.

The Host - Sarveshi
SS- That should not be a problem for you since I know you are an early riser.
AS – Sarveshi, five thirty in the morning is early. Two o’clock is still late.

SS – So to begin with I would like to congratulate you on the success of your latest work, your book The Best Seller.
AS – Thank you. As an independent author, it had been with a touch of irony that I had named my new book The Best Seller. In the modern day, unless you have the blessings of a publishing monolith and their marketing resources with media gimmicks, you generally tend to wind up at the bottom of the pile regardless of the quality of writing. However, Foreword Clarion Reviews, one of the most respected reviewers, gave it the maximum rating with some excellent comments and I found that it was living up to its name in the Amazon marketplace – especially on Kindle. It is topping the Best Seller charts in a couple of select categories. A couple of articles about me in the Commonwealth Literature journals in India and France around this time have also helped the sales.

SS– …..Please tell our audience abt the premise of this book and how you arrived at this story. What led to it?
AS – The novel is set in Amsterdam and the action is played out with the Financial Crisis as the backdrop. It is also about a struggling author. He takes on a number of professions to make ends meet - including investigative journalism, teaching tai chi. He also acts as a ghost blogger for a linguistically challenged Vice President of a multinational bank. The action takes off when he impersonates a consultant friend during a financial crisis conference. He paraphrases Indian philosophy and is hailed as a rising thinker on economics.
How I wrote this story, I personally arrived in Amsterdam with my family in 2009, when the crisis was closing all possible businesses – and I have had first-hand experience of living under the constant shadow of the financial crisis looming over the scene. A person can live in fear of a disaster for a limited period of time after which he has to either philosophize or laugh about the situation. To me the ideal reaction was humor, to write about all the different farcical ways the world reacts to both booms and busts in the present day.

SS–I have been fortunate to have read all your published works and I have observed how your writings reflect in some way your journey through the IT industry.  So how close are all your protagonists to you?
AS – I believe any author writing realistic fiction borrows a lot of the material from his or her own life. So, most of what I have documented in my writings have been extrapolations of my experiences. Built on the experiences to make it fictional. Sometimes I have to tone it down, because the truth about some of the corporate circus can be difficult to digest for the readers even in fictional form. A lot of the events depicted in most of the books have happened to me. Some of the reactions of my protagonists are the ways I have reacted to situations or the ways I wish I had.
In every book there is a dimension of reality, where my experiences are portrayed through the protagonist and a dimension of fiction where the story is built upon these experiences. The Best Seller, for example, has a lot of funny and not so funny experiences which have taken place in the last few years of my life – but a lot of it is fiction as well.
In these changing times, the IT industry is as much a part of modern day India and the world as any other profession. Previously Mulk Raj Anand, RK Narayan wrote about the farmers, government clerks the common man of earlier days … It makes sense to write about the IT industry now since it has such an impact on the landscape of the common man. And it also makes sense for such stories to be written by an insider.

SS – Absolutely, and there are very few people in the industry who have such a talent for writing. I have noticed that Aikido has also been a strong aspect of your writing. So tell us little bit abt this art form and how it has such an influence on you as a person and in your writing
AS – As with writing, Aikido is a passion for me. For those who are not aware, it is a Japanese martial art. I have been training in this art for more than 14 years and am a black belt. To put things in perspective, I have a professional certification called Six Sigma black belt which took just a three month effort on my part, but in Aikido I have to get a black belt after training for a decade.. As in any Japanese art, it becomes a way of life. There is a philosophy behind the art which determines the ways I act and take decisions in real life.
Much of Aikido is about a continuous natural flow, which I hope is reflected in my writings. My second novel, Big Apple 2 Bites, has Aikido as a very important dimension in the storyline

SS -  Big Apple 2 Bites, for all our listeners, was Arunabha Sengupta’s second novel and one of the best novels to be written with the 9/11 as the backdrop. It is a brilliantly written novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as I am enjoying the current novel – The Best Seller. Another part of your writing is about Cricket.. I have also read your short stories which had cricket as the underlying common thread and you weaved such great stories around it on various themes… So am sure all our audience here would be interested in knowing how has the World cup 2011 journey been for you? What are your thoughts?
AS – The World Cup was amazing. I was watching the final in an Irish Pub in Zurich, one of the very few places in Switzerland where you can watch cricket on TV. Soon became a little India in its own way. And with each stroke of Dhoni and Gambhir, the crowd grew louder. People were wondering what was going on in the corner, because the rest of the screens were showing football and rugby and very few people knew cricket was being played.
While no one is happier than me at the success of the Indian cricket team, it is also somewhat alarming for me to see the amount of obsession and fanaticism about the game has reached such a stage that losing is scarcely an option for the Indian team any more. One false step means their being put on the defendant’s box and their failures scruitinised by everyone in multiple TV channels, websites and social media. I would like to remind everyone that much as we want the success of our team, it is the dignity with which we bear defeats as well that makes us true sports fans. The gods that we create on the cricket field are very mortal, and along with their talent and dedication, they have their flaws and frailties. They already play with the pressure of a billion expectant fans. It would make it easy for them if we reacted less radically and stopped ourselves from criticizing every move, every action when they have a bad day in office.

SS -  Very true. It is important to remember that the gods we create are human as well. We will be going in for a break soon, and before that I would want you tell our audience about various mediums of buying this book and the others, Best Seller and Big Apple 2 Bites and Labyrinth. … And I must say that it’s great to see the sales going great through Amazon and you also have a Kindle version of your book.
AS – The book is available on Amazon.com. If you search Financial Crisis Best Sellers, it is right there among the top three. You can also search with my last name – Sengupta – with the easily remembered title of the book, The Best Seller. The Kindle e-Reader edition is selling in good numbers. So, if you are interested, please go online and click away.

SS– We will be going in for a short commercial break now. With us we have Mr. Arunabha Sengupta, writer, aikido black belt, cricket blogger and when we come back he is going to talk about someone very special to him … and also very special to all the Indians around the world. When we come back, we will be discussing about Sachin Tendulkar. So do stay tuned.

Welcome back to FunAsia Radio, we have with us Mr. Arunabha Sengupta. My next question is about making gods of players we admire. And speaking of gods, of course you have written some wonderful articles about The God .. Sachin Tendulkar …
 AS –I do have a blog on cricket which is visited by more than 25000 people. Sachin Tendulkar features in my writings – as he does in my life. As a young Indian growing up in the nineties, as the country was entering globalization trying to make a mark on the map of the world, we could not have a better icon to look up to. He is synonymous with emerging India, boom time India – proving that we can be at the very top of the world, the best at what we can do. He has carried the hopes and dreams of billions, has conquered all peaks in the cricketing world while living very humbly and what surprises me is that even now is filled with the motivation to go out and play for the country.  When he runs after the ball, it is like a 18 year old. I have realized recently, that I started following his exploits when he was 15 and I was 15 … and I have not known adult life without Sachin Tendulkar trotting out to bat at number four for India in Tests and opening the innings in the One Day Internationals. The day he decides to quit millions of Indians will start walking alone. A thought many of us don’t want to think.

SS -  Very true. I have read your pieces on Sachin Tendulkar and everyone will identify with them, and will agree with them. I am so glad we could actually win the world cup and Sachin had been such an integral part … and everyone in the team said that Sachin had been carrying the burden for 21 years and now they wanted to take it forwad,
AS - Everyone said that they had done it for Sachin. And for someone as young as Virat Kohli to say something as mature as what you just mentioned – about him having carried the burden for 21 years and now it being the turn of team members to carry him, shows us exactly the stature of the man. It was a touching moment.

SS -Absolutely Now, before you leave, is there any parting thought and if you would like to share with our listeners
AS- I am not the sort of person very comfortable with advising others. However, I would like to say that life has a lot to offer. And just as you had introduced me as someone who has not been bound by parameters,  I thought I would be more happy with writing, so I continued writing. So, if you have a passion, the best thing to do is to follow it.

SS - That was very well put. And this was the first thing you had told me in our very first conversation and is always at the back of my mind. Today, if anything motivates me to come here after my regular work and do a radio show, it is the memory of those words. We need to follow our passions if we are to live. Thanks for joining us and on behalf of FunAsia we wish you success and hope to read more of your works.
Thanks once again Arunabha for taking some time out of your schedule and chatting with us… On behalf of FunAsia Radio, I wish you success and we look forward to reading more of your works ….

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Press Release on Mmdnewswire


Arunabha Sengupta documents one man's journey to learn the difference between truth and fabrication in the fictional novel, "The Best Seller"
BADEN, Switzerland (MMD Newswire) April 19, 2011 -- Arunabha Sengupta uses his novel, "The Best Seller" (ISBN 145380398X) to comment on the corporate world as well as the financial crisis the entire world seems to be facing. He uses his own experiences in the corporate circus as well as other personal experiences, including his black belt in Aikido, to create the story of Sandeep Gupta.
Struggling author Sandeep Gupta dabbles in various professions to make ends meet while sending his manuscripts to uninterested publishers and agents everywhere. The dedicated tai chi student travels to Amsterdam for a seminar, where he also plans on hunting down agents for his book. In order to increase his chances for publication, he persuades his childhood friend, Pritam Mitra, a distinguished consultant, to joyride across Europe and leave Sandeep to parade around as him at a conference dealing with the global financial crisis.
Rather than preparing for the presentation, Sandeep relies on the teachings from an Indian philosophical text to make his presentation a success. Senior management is so impressed that they ask Sandeep to collaborate in the writing of a model solution to the crisis. He agrees and remains at the firm, impersonating his friend and preparing a paper on the crisis based on nothing but philosophy-laced fabrication. He fails to fit into the corporate world of the firm and teaches tai chi to his co-workers, screens raunchy Woody Allen films as team building exercises and uses the office stationery to continue sending his manuscript to publishers.
Sandeep's unusual antics attract the attention of Shruti, a doctorate student and talented writer, Simon, who writes about him in his blog and Dr. Roy, a psychiatrist interested in the effects of the Internet. In order to expedite the paper, the four meditate over the questions of the modern world in an Amsterdam coffee shop under a cloud of cannabis. The drug-inspired paper is heralded as a new age solution, creating more demands on Sandeep as he struggles to get his own life back, while searching for the truth in the false world full of manufactured corporate consent and noise.
In addition to the struggles Sandeep faces, Sengupta comments on corporate greed, jealousy, obsession, tai chi and love in "The Best Seller." He attempts to accurately portray the rat race nature of life and how easy it can be for one to get swept up in the antics. He believes that his novel deals with a complex contemporary issue in a humorous, entertaining way.
"The Best Seller" is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
About the Author:
Arunabha Sengupta is an author who has lived and worked around the globe. He is married and lives in Switzerland with his wife and daughter. He is a black belt in Aikido, and has worked as a process consultant. Hence, he is familiar to the world of martial arts and the corporate environment that form the bulwark of his current novel. He has written two other novels, "Labyrinth: A Novel about the Software Industry" and "Big Apple 2 Bites: A Novel of Love, 9/11 and Aikido."

Blog of Simple Simon: Innovation Idolatory and Idiocy

Blog of Simple Simon: Innovation Idolatory and Idiocy: Simon is faced with a barrage of Idiocy masquerading as Innovation.

The Senantix Channels: The Senantix Channels

Senantix is the macabre Avatar of Arunabha Sengupta on the World Wide Web. Here is a listing of all the blogs, books and websites that he inflicts on the world, along with the names of his accomplices.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April is proving good too

No. 2 among Financial Crisis best sellers and towards the top of some Kindle categories on 7th April, 2011.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Interview about The Best Seller

Will be giving an interview to be aired live on FunAsia channel http://funasia.net/ - 700 AM. 

I will be speaking about The Best Seller, but cricket and the World Cup will also feature in the discussion.

The programme will be aired at 7 PM CST, Tuesday 5th April, which corresponds to 

  • midnight GMT, 
  • 2:00 AM CET Wednesday 6th April and 
  • 5:30 AM IST Wednesday 6th April. 

If interested and awake, please join in to hear.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Message from Paris - Commonwealth Essays and Studies

Even as The Best Seller does pretty well in the Amazon marketplace, I am glad to note my earlier works being discussed.

I received a copy of the Commonwealth Essays and Studies Journal (volume 31 No 2) published by Societe d'Etude des Pays du Commonwealth from Bouteque de Cahiers-bookshop of the Press Sorbonne Nouvelle, 8 rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris.

In it, eminent lietrary reviewer Shyamala A. Narayan has the following to say  in her article about Recent Trends in Indian English Fiction:

Three novels about software professionals stand out: 
Arunabha Sengupta’s Labyrinth  and Big Apple Two Bites , and Priyo Ghosh’s You are Fired . 
 Shankar Roy, the protagonist of You are Fired, has a degree in information technology, and lives and works in Singapore. When his company is unable to land a lucrative contract because of a rival firm’s chicanery, he is fired. We are shown the sudden change in their lifestyle; he and his wife Anu have to move out of their big house into a poorer neighbourhood. Roy starts questioning the values of corporate life; instead of looking for another job, he steps in to help his neighbour, a Chinese widow whose store is running at a loss. He uses his knowledge of software and information technology to build it up into a thriving business.
Labyrinth shows two brilliant engineering graduates caught in the labyrinth of a huge software company “Adieu Consultancy Solutions” (modelled on Tata Consultancy Services). 

Kiran Arothe is a senior software engineer, who has joined A.C.S. because they promised to post him in Bombay after the initial orientation. A.C.S. is shown as a soul-less company, interested only in profits. When it comes to recruiting young people like Vikram Gupta from college campuses, they paint a rosy picture of their future career; once they have been inducted, they are made to sign a three-year bond. But youngsters still leave, in spite of this. So the Vice President, Digambaram, and Dr Nageshwar, head of the Human Resource Department, get the brilliant idea of making the youngsters submit their original certificates. How Vikram manages to outwit the company, and get justice for Kiran Arothe, forms the plot of the novel. 
Vikram Gupta is a refreshingly different protagonist; he does not suffer from any deep-seated anxiety, or worry about the clash between modernity and tradition in India, his concerns are more mundane. The Bengali Vikram dislikes everything in Chennai — the food, the climate and the work atmosphere. His longing to return to Calcutta, to his mother and dog, is vividly portrayed. He has problems renting accommodation (and A.C.S. is unhelpful). 
 “Renting to bachelors is always a big problem” says the landlord’s daughter, so Vikram claims that he is going to get married soon. 
This leads to some hilarious situations in the novel, especially after Vikram meets and falls in love with a young girl whose sense of humour matches his own. There is a wide variety of characters. There is no attempt to present all managers as villains and the young recruits as angels.

Sengupta’s second novel, Big Apple Two Bites features a more experienced software professional who is sent to the U.S.A. as a consultant. His two visits to New York (the “Big Apple”) in 2001 and three years later, are recounted in the second person, adding a touch of freshness to the narration. The first person (autobiographical) account is fairly common; here the novelist manages to sustain the technique of referring to the protagonist in the second person right through the book:

And it is solitude that you crave. You want to get away from the crowd and open your new book. The one you bought the day before. The impromptu party in the Clifton apartment made it impossible for you to read it the previous evening. You dearly want to make up for lost time. (Big Apple Two Bites 5)

The higher management in the software company seems to have grown even more unethical, regarding everything in terms of dollars. They have no qualms about dismissing hard working young engineers, once the project is over, they care only for their own advancement.
 Big Apple Two Bites shows the varied responses of Indian professionals visiting America. Some grumble about the food and culture, others direct all their efforts towards saving money. 
Sen’s time in New York revolves around the Japanese martial art form Aikido, and an attractive colleague, Allison Palmer. His American colleagues are individualized — while Bruce and Allison are warm and welcoming, others resent the Indians. Maureen says about Indians, “You have a dog? I thought they ate dogs in India ... Well, what can people do? They don’t have enough to eat. . . So they eat whatever is available . . . dogs. . . jobs. . .” 
 The novelist deals with great sensitivity with the issue of outsourcing, an issue which is of concern to many in India.

(Tired of the reluctance of my erstwhile publisher of Big Apple 2 Bites to distribute my book or pay accumulated royalties, I have now made it available on Amazon at a much reduced price. Labyrinth is also available on Amazon)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Blog of Simple Simon: Deming's First Principle, the Red Light District a...

Blog of Simple Simon: Deming's First Principle, the Red Light District a...: With the help of Dutch Language Lessons, and the diverse working ways of the Industry Managers and the Red Light District ladies, Simon van der Wiel demonstrates how Deming's first principle is decimated in the workplace.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"The Best Seller" in Amazon Best Seller Lists?

The Best Seller currently features in some Best Seller lists of Amazon. The Kindle Edition features among the top sellers in a couple of categories. The categories happen to be incidental to the story, but an independent author has got to take what he gets ...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Blog of Simple Simon: Schopenhauer and Vedanta to explain Meetings and I...

Blog of Simple Simon: Schopenhauer and Vedanta to explain Meetings and I...: "Pioneers of thought-leadership, the forerunners of idea mongers who will rewrite the industrial history in near future and lend a new proactive twist to the global thought-scape" - Simon meditates on Schopenhauer and Vedanta while withstanding the barrage of Management Bullshit

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Babel Tower of Corporate Confusion

The language-confusion recounted in the story of the Tower of Babel can be interpreted as follows : If a project is extremely huge, immigrants become indispensable,
This is a nugget of wisdom which I realised only after the book was already in the market.
However, in this section, where, in one of Simon's in-the-book blogs, his buddy explains the secret of Indian infiltration, they almost stumble on the truth themselves.

"You take a look at the bank around you. It is a complicated organisation. It started as a small venture a century back and grew and grew. And soon things got complicated. In most of the big giant corporations across the world, little deltas of change have added up to assume mammoth proportions. Systems have got complicated. Organisations and industries have become too complex for management.”

I agreed. The banks had grown and the systems had become more and more complicated with added services, requirements, changes in business. Hardly anyone had the full picture of any product or line of business.

“It is chaotic. The magic that the Indian brings into the equation is the ability to function in a chaotic world. The institutions back home grooms one for it. The government offices, the traffic, the education system, the hospitals, the parliament – everything is in a strange chaotic equilibrium. People who have been through the experiences back home have been baptised by fire.”

As I considered this profound thought, I asked him whether the knowledge of English played a part as well.
He became even more reflective.                  

“You know we had been colonised for over two hundred years. That works in multiple ways now for our benefit,” he smiled. I am never able to decipher between seriousness and mockery of this peculiar guy outside the tai chi class. “Colonisation helped us learn English. And along with it, it left a peculiar relationship dynamics with the white man. Most of the Indians are gratified when a white guy from any level of the hierarchy accepts him in his fold. And this is something that has led to levels of motivation that is impossible for a normal workforce to achieve. And it does not stop with the white boss, it peters down to any supervisor. However, at the same time, there is a pent up desire to topple the white – and by induction any – supervisor from the position of power. This can be linked to strategic motivation. It’s not uncommon to find both ends of the spectrum in one psyche.”

I was more than a little confused.
“But ... these are two opposite things ...”

He smiled one of those maddening smiles of his which pave the way for cryptic wisdom.
“As a learned man preaches, everything comes with its in built opposite.”

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dr. Roy's Web Wisdom: The Writing on Egypt's Wall

Dr. Roy's Web Wisdom: The Writing on Egypt's Wall:
"The rebellion and protest marches were not a sudden effect, but a tipping point. And this goes on to underline the theory that I have repeated in the past posts, that social media can aid and complement a long standing rebellion through its features of low cost coordination. There is still no evidence that any socially networked media can start and sustain a revolution on its own. As an Egyptian proverb says about gauging the attractiveness of a girl - bathe her and then look at her (Look at a girl without make up or hairdo)."

Friday, February 11, 2011

Corporate Wisdom from the Book

No one has ever become a stallion by winning the rat race - Sandeep passes his knowledge nuggets to Simon van der Wiel.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Blog of Simple Simon: Looking at Corpocracy with Eyes Wide Shut

Blog of Simple Simon: Looking at Corpocracy with Eyes Wide Shut: Simon van der Wiel continues his great movie experiences with discovered corporate symbolism. In this post, he dissects the Stanley Kubrick erotic classic Eyes Wide Shut

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cannbis aided reflection on modern times

“There in a laptop or a cell phone we are bombarded with thoughts that we would never come across twenty years back. Who would hunt down obscure volumes from dingy libraries now? Everything is available at the click of a mouse. We don’t crave for knowledge any more ... we filter it.”
“Is that wrong, doctor?”
“There is no right, no wrong, buddy. The only truth is here and now. And the elevator to the babel tower of knowledge is beeping because of information overload. It will creak, give, dangle and plummet.”

Monday, January 31, 2011

Dr. Roy's Web Wisdom: Luther to Mubarak - Social Media in Politics

Dr. Roy's Web Wisdom: Luther to Mubarak - Social Media in Politics: Some Social Media aided revolutions have been successful, some have failed. However, can we reach conclusions yet? Dr. Suprakash Roy has some interesting summing up to do even as Simon van der Wiel and Shruti Rattan argue the pros and cons.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Blog of Simple Simon: Corporate Family Value System

Blog of Simple Simon: Corporate Family Value System: Managerial mail, Bollywood Parallels and Freudian Analogies help Simon analyse the boundaries between social and financial norms of the 'Company Family'

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blog of Simple Simon: A Statistician Explains Escalations and Best Pract...

Blog of Simple Simon: A Statistician Explains Escalations and Best Practices.:
By sheer law of probabilistic chance, 1 of 10000 imbecile CEOS who take a stupid gamble will come out winners. And then they will be worshipped as world leading Innovators, as superstar CEOs ... There will be books analysing their backgrounds, parentage, links to holocaust, seven habits, movement of cheese and how to take decisions straight from different parts of their anatomy

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Blog of Simple Simon: Blow (Up) Job

Blog of Simple Simon: Blow (Up) Job:

Simon van der Wiel finds symbolic depiction of Corpocracy in Michelangelo Antonioni's classic 60s movie Blow Up.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Parallel Universe of Corpocracy

"Concocted philosophy in form of brand values, laboured poetry in the garb of elaborate euphemisms, pseudo science in the guise of innovations, petty politics in the cloak of relentless back biting, ersatz society under the mask of people living virtually in each other’s homes long after office hours, frequent musical soirees with the inbuilt sham of philanthropy through small change associations with NGOs masquerading as an apology of culture – all these have their utility." - Simon van der Wiel about the parallel universe of corpocracy.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Order Update

The cover of the book is being updated following the ForeWord Clarion Review. So for a few days, the sales of the book through Amazon is kept on hold.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dr. Roy's Web Wisdom: Of Rats and Men in the Cyber World

Dr. Roy's Web Wisdom: Of Rats and Men in the Cyber World: "There have been a few requests of elaboration of the phenomena I called the ‘roulette of red notifications’ in my last post when talking abo..."

FaceBook addiction is more like the lure of gambling than the fumes of cannabis - argues Dr. Suprakash Roy

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dr. Roy's Web Wisdom: Net Effect - Politics 2.0

Dr. Roy's Web Wisdom: Net Effect - Politics 2.0: "“The tweet is mightier than the blast,” may be the modern day sequel to analogous sentiments about the pen and the sword and the ballot and ..." In Dr. Suprakash Roy's opinion, Political Consciousness on the Net may be virtual.

Revisiting Best Seller and Amsterdam: Suprakash Roy's haunts

Here are some of the select locations where Dr. Suprakash Roy preferred to hold his psychoanalytic consultation sessions with friends.
"Amsterdam with all its attractions is a terribly interesting place for a psychiatrist," he justified his choice of locations by saying that he liked to see the raw human emotions - while he confessed - "I am a student of the human mind, who has his organ in the right place."

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Revisiting Best Seller and Amsterdam - Amsterdammerje

The Amsterdammerje - little Amsterdammers - the cute little metal posts to prevent illegal parking. On one of these beside a canal, Shruti sat and listened as Sandeep talked of his many professions during what turned out to be their first date.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Foreword Clarion Book Review Now Available Online

The review of The Best Seller  is now available on the website of ForeWord Reviews.
Click on the link to read the full review.

Rating: Five Stars (out of Five) 

The bons mots fly thick and fast through the pages of this contemporary novel, which pokes loving fun at corporate culture, techno-gadgets in daily life, romance, traditional Indian customs, geekdom, and a handful of other themes. The wonder of it all is that Sengupta keeps all the threads interwoven in a densely attractive word tapestry which is also very, very funny. Logophiles will be snickering at all the literary in-jokes as well as the pop-culture references.
.. Sengupta has delivered a finely tempered blade of a book that takes artful slices at several pretentious elements of modern life. In its scope and length, it’s reminiscent of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, another excellent novel. The Best Seller deserves the attention to match its title.