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Corporate Capers: A ringside view

A new book by a fighter pilot-turned-corporate professional takes a new look at the Indian corporate world in a humorous way.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 17:45 IST

A new book by a fighter pilot-turned-corporate professional takes a new look at the Indian corporate world in a humorous way.

"Corporate Capers - Business not as usual," the book by Dinesh Kumar, a Bangalore-based management consultant and corporate trainer, gives an insider's perspective of corporate life in the Indian sub-continent with a touch of humour.

Giving an account of his experiences spanning three decades of corporate life, Kumar covers a range of work issues that deal with business ethics, leadership, strategy, new age management and business etiquette.

After a two-decade distinguished service with the Indian Air Force (IAF), Wing Commander Kumar worked with Kirloskar Electric. He was also director-in-charge, Taneja Aerospace and Aviation Ltd, between 1991-1995.

"It was quite easy to work on this book as its raw material was myself. The kind of message we try to convey in the corporate world goes unnoticed. A US-based author (Ben Stanely) inspired me to adopt a humorous style in writing on such a serious subject," Kumar said at the formal launch of the book here late Wednesday.

Recalling his stint as executive vice-president at Kirloskar Electric Co Ltd (1978-91), Kumar said the book dealt with corporate life in a lighter vein, but with profound advice on how to succeed in a competitive world and move up the ladder.

"If one has to make a career in the corporate world, he should keep in mind the following ten commandments: Divide and rule is the best HR policy; never treat people as people; tell lies of Himalayan proportions; be there to pay your boss' bills; bring excellence in everything, including insults; be not there when the boss is cutting a deal; do throw corporate weight around; change camps as situations demand; keep well stocked cellar for the boss and his wife; and balance sheet detoxing is your boss's birthright."

The 250-page book, priced at Rs 295 was released by Deccan Herald and Prajavani editor KN Shanth Kumar at a function in Bangalore.

Noted columnist and author Sadiqa Pheerbhoy read out excerpts from the book, published by Response Books, a division of Sage Publications, New Delhi.