Author: Lata Subramanian
No. of Pages: 263
Price: 136 INR
Publisher: Lata Subramanian
Nobody is a villain in their own story. We’re all the heroes of our own stories”. – George R. R. Martin
What Martin said is true. After all we are the central protagonist in our own life stories – comic, tragic or otherwise.
But the heroic figure the world has historically presented to young, impressionable minds has largely fallen into three categories.
One category is filled with the Gods, prophets and spiritual leaders whose teachings prescribe the route to a kingdom of heaven in an afterlife.
The second is sparsely populated with people who have fought for social causes such as freedom, human rights, and a better quality of life.
The third category is the richest with tales replete of conquerors who went onto build mighty empires. This category is rich with the legends of people ranging from Alexander the Great and Napoleon to Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs.
It is the last category of corporate empire heroes that has held sway in worshipping minds in the last decade of the twentieth century and the first two decades of the twenty-first.
Yes, we are all heroes in our own lives. I think it is also true that we choose a script we want to see play out for ourselves.
A Dance With The Corporate Ton: Reflections of a Worker Ant is the anectode of the author which talks about her journey in the corporate world from the position of Room Service Order Taker in a luxury hotel to senior management positions in the fields of Advertising and Marketing in India.
The book highlights anecdotes and the experiences of the author regarding her family, surroundings and the way she handles them.
She has very well portrayed the practices being followed in the corporate culture from old times till present. She struggled and moved up due to her dedication, commitment and hard work.
There are illustrations and foot notes which make the book unputdownable. It is light, filled with humor and practical lessons which can be adapted working professionals.
The book is a sheer delight to read. It can help the newbies in the corporate world to provide a quick insight into the corporate world. Others would definitely relate to many incidents, which they would have faced during their MBA.
The author has simply shared her opinions and experiences and was never judgemental.
The author has given details on everything but her personal life, I guess by choice, However, an insight into her career battle and how she played it would have been really appreciated.
My Ratings: 3/5
About the Author
An Economics graduate, Lata Subramanian has over 35 years of work experience across a range of service related industries such as Advertising, Civil Aviation, Hospitality,Marketing and Publishing.
She is a voracious reader and loves to write. Her love for writing led her to accept the post of Managing Editor, The Smart Manager; a position she held between 2008 and 2010 when she was in Publishing. She is now a hobbyist writer and blogger, publishing posts regularly on her blog, Lata Wonders.
Lata has just hung up her boots, retiring from corporate life to blog and maybe write a book or two. The last position she held in the corporate world was CMO, Sterling Holiday Resorts (India) Limited – a leading Leisure Hospitality and Vacation Ownership company in India.
Lata’s favourite description of herself is that she is a student of life and herself. That lifelong interest has led to her first book A Dance with the Corporate Ton: Reflections of a Worker Ant.
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