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Dork: The Incredible Adventures of Robin 'Einstein' Varghese

(Dork Trilogy #1)

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,871 ratings  ·  241 reviews
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In April 2006 Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese; a stupendously naïve but academically gifted young man (he was ranked 41st in his class); graduates from one of India’s best business schools with a Day-Zero job at the Mumbai office of Dufresne Partners; a mediocre mid-market management consulting firm largely run by complete morons.

Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 25th 2010 by Penguin (first published January 19th 2010)
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Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Well, writing a blog and writing a book is as different as speed dating and marriage. I liked Sidin's blog and hence ordered this book online, got it yesterday and read it in one sitting. Again the same theme so famous in this decade - IIMA graduate and his life , IIMA graduate author writes, IIMA graduate authors reflection and probably a peep into his own life... Common guys, now its becoming a cliche.
If u like masala movies, then u will like Dork. All those guys singing the 3 idiots anthem w
Jul 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
Much against the advice of friends, I picked it up on a whim whilst travelling in India as I fancied reading some Indian fiction this year. I should have just listened to my friends.

I tried my best, I tried even using strategic breaks in between to finish it off but I couldn’t bring myself to read any more than about 100 odd pages. For all practical purposes I have abandoned it. Yes, it is really that bad.

First off I don’t think you could call it a book even if you stretch your imagination by a
Feb 23, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Avid by: Jai Arjun
This book’s popularity is spreading like fire. If you are even vaguely in touch with the world of books by Indian authors, there is no way you could have missed this book. The Dork, Sidin Vadukut’s debut novel, is about Robin ‘Einstien’ Varghese’s transition from a B-school graduate to an associate in a business consulting firm. Einstien is a typical naive-and-stupid guy who can be found in every batch of every single college that exists on this earth. He is the kind of guy who sports thick fram ...more
Apr 08, 2012 rated it liked it

It is a perfect light reading book when you really do not wish to worry about literature or history. “Dork: The incredible adventures of Robin Einstein Varghese”, is a new age chick lit that leaves you laughing and wondering about consulting business as well. I should not be saying that Sidin Vadukut has followed the style of Chetan Bhagat but still there are many similarities in authors as well as writing.

This book is about a management graduate who gets into a jo
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Sidin Vadukut is one of the few, intentionally funny writers in India, who manages to capture the subtle nuances of urban Indian humour delightfully well. Our regional prejudices, (CWG Tweet - Welcome Srilanka, am Malayalee and both of us don't like Tamils or from the book - Einstein's mom goes, 'we should have sent him to a South Indian institute where he wouldn't have been influenced by spoiled north Indians!), educated middle-class attitudes are nicely satirized in his columns and blogposts, ...more
Shweta Iyer
Sep 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Mediocre story with a clichéd plot. The narrative is shockingly bad. The language used is least impressive. Overall I would rate this book 1 star out of 5
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, funny, like a breath of fresh air!

The contemparory writing with a huge sense of humor plus relates the current economical situation.

Loved the book and will definitely recommend it
Abhisek Pandey
Dec 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
(1 point something out of 5)

An okay read to accompany your travel. This is the first of the trilogy on the adventures of a management graduate, who is stupid, irritating, somehow funny, obnoxious, but somehow makes a lot of things happen around him. The main character is very nicely developed but you don't quite connect with him, which I had expected before picking the book. However, considering the character's scale and nature, the story flow is mostly okay, barring few chapters where things pr
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I never read Chetan Bhagat's novels and I will never bother to read them. But reading Sidin Vadukut's "Dork" was fun and entertaining. On a not so serious note, the book describes the protagonist's journey while working for a consulting company. Robin "Einstein" Varghese aims to gain a promotion in a short period of time.

His transition from a B-school to working for a consulting company, experiences and (mis)adventures while undertaking the tasks, his encounter with loveliest lasses including hi
Dipesh Mehta
Apr 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
To err is human. I erred BIG time when I bought this book. What should I write about this book...wait a minute...let me recall the story...the book is an absolute crap. I thought the book would be a fun read, but I was wrong, the book has nothing to offer for an average reader like me. The writing is awful and so is the character Robert 'Einstein' Varghese in the book, throughout my read I was just aimlessly cruising around the pages and finally manage to finish it. Too bad the site doesnot allo ...more
Feb 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
This one was a disappoint. Sidin's blogging prowess influenced my purchasing decision and I ended up fighting boredom to finish this book. The book is funny in pages, attempts a humorous narration of a grad school boy's experiences while he wades through his consulting job.

Reasons the book failed for me:
1. Attempt to hold the workplace & job as punching bag became a typecast
2. My brush with Chetan Bhagat's 2 States & 3 Idiots made this an overdose of the 'Post school experiences' stories
Jun 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
A really really boring book where you wish you could slap the protagonist. All attempts to make it interesting fell flat. Einstein sees the world completely oblivious of the way world sees him. I am surprised how someone as insane as him made it to IIM in the first place. If that was not enough, he manages to get a hot chick on his side too.

The stuff he mentions about management consulting firms, is that for real ?
Saumya Gopi
Jul 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Sidin... Stick to the blog !
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
hilarious!!! enjoyed thoroughly!
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok

Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is definitely a mood booster! A hilarious light read.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Dork By Sidin Vadukut

Did you any time in your life feel the humiliation when everyone around you, even after being less competent when compared to you, take away all the accolades. This book deals with life of “Robin Einstein Varghese” and how he felt when everyone around him treats him like a dork in his professional field. The author “Sidin Vadukut” tried to maintain the narration in a dark and humorous way. Reading an novel which deals with professional field/personal life can easily get
Vidushi Gupta
One this is sure, Robin Varghese will remind you of your college days and the initial phase of first job. Right from cracking the placement interviews to proposing to your crush before starting the journey of endless presentations and deadlines, this book has everything you could imagine.

The book is in a form of journal entries by Robin Varghese, aka, Einstein, dorm name given by the seniors during his MBA, which will take you on a roller coaster ride as Einstein survives his first year in job.
Sonali Dabade
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
I'm not sure what to write of this book. It's well-written - the language is really good. But I didn't find it as humorous as it promised to be. Yes, the first few pages I did find funny. By the end of the book, however, I was and still am pretty irritated by Robin 'Einstein' Varghese. If he existed in real life, I'd give him three or four resounding slaps.

And maybe that is the whole point of the book - the blind, overconfident dork who doesn't know right from idiocy.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I think this book is called 'Dork' because 'Douchebag' is too long. A ridiculous, unfunny story about a repulsive, morally bankrupt toerag in an equally unappealing company. "Satirical dig at the consulting industry", my foot.

Note: Really a one star book at the very most, so the second star is mostly to make myself feel better about reading the next 2 books even though this one sucked. Completionist tendencies are the worst.
Haresh Bhardwaj
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A hilariously entertaining read. A stereotyped, but largely accurate description of the consulting business. Engineers and management professionals will instantly connect with the protagonist. Robin 'Einstein' Varghese lives the life we all know. Making gigantic presentations and convoluted reports is something we excel at. ...more
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book made me look so average, middle-class today. I was giggling on the train to work reading it. No exaggeration. Sidin has an amazing sense of humor, standup style. I have been following him on Cricinfo, Twitter etc since around 2010 or so. Love him! Before picking it up, I was afraid that it will get boring but no where did the book lose its steam.
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great start, little boring middle, good ending.

It starts off hilariously. Any college guy would relate to it and laugh their ass off. After about 30% of the book it become boring in the middle. But the ending is good. And remember that if you go through this you get to read the next part, which is way way better and way way hilarious
A Man Called Ove
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A fun breezy comic read about an MBA who joins a management consulting firm. Very readable bcoz it has been written in the form of diary entries, mostly a couple of pages long.
On to book #2 in d trilogy.
Jostin Tom
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I would not call this a humor packed reading material but it did have just the right amount of "please don't do that" situations. These situations were adequately inserted to keep the reader till the end in order to figure out how much more screwed up Einstein can make things for himself. ...more
Prasanna Venkataraman
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd time I am reading this book. It's super hilarious. I like the sharp, witty writing and I was laughing for every 2 pages. But many people didn't like the book. Give a try if you want to have a fun, light read. ...more
Nita Bajoria
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it thoroughly.... good humour
Samiksha Neroorkar
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gauri Parab
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy breezy read. Ideal for reading while traveling. Has a fair share of laugh out loud moments. :)
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun read
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Sidin Vadukut is a journalist, columnist and blogger. He has an engineering degree from NIT Trichy and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.

In a career spanning around a decade he has made automotive parts, developed online trading platforms, almost set up a retailing company and had a sizeable portion of a tree fall on his head. He is currently an editor with the Mint business newspaper.

Sidin lives in New D

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Dork Trilogy (3 books)
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