Book: It happened in Bengaluru – where a winner resigned to conquer
Publication: Notion Press
Blurb: A young boy Aryan, who has been working for a software company is now frustrated and running low on morale to continue with his job as his company decides to cut down the staff and starts laying off employs. He is stuck between the needs of his manager and the frustration of his team. Being demotivated by unattainable targets burdened on him and his team, he decides to call it quits when an interesting metaphorically used CB- Chess Board, comes into the picture who changes the outlook and approach in Aryan’s life in an assertive way.
Review: The book is in a narration form and Aryan is writer’s friend.
It is an interesting mix of fiction, motivation, planning and management talks. While Aryan is the central character, CB is also the protagonist who swings the flow of the plot which is uniquely written and executed by the author. The book is about the corporate world and how people strive to survive in their pursuit of success and growth.
The author has interestingly used Chess Board as a metaphor, who with its moves and ideas helps Aryan to realize his potential while tackling his problems at work. The complexities of the games when put to life in order to succeed is the real cream of the story. Management lessons are beautifully set across with life examples in the 8 chapters of this book.
A perfect read for people who have just stepped into the corporate world and are experiencing and exploring the new challenges at work. Lessons from this book will stay with you for a long time and keep you motivated to give your best in your field of work. In short it teaches you how from the square board of chess with 64 grids and 32 pieces, you can find abundant answers to your success.
My take on the book:
The book seemed a little slow in the start but gradually the story starts to get compelling as the main character Aryan begins to give his best and live each day as his last with the lessons that he learns from CB. It’s an easy read and can be finished in a single sitting. The corporate world has been picturized very aptly.
The author has kept the language simple and flow of story interesting for the readers and Aryan’s transformational journey at work is very fascinating. If you play chess, you will love this book.
The line that I really liked and think everyone should implement from this book is “Learning is best honored when it is exercised in the most needed hour”
Now, will Aryan come out successful with his work and his team? Will he be able to tackle the problems at work with the lessons he has learned from CB? Get yourself a copy and read the book to know more.
Its 4.5 on 5 for the riveting and motivating storyline with an interesting fictional character Chess Board guiding the main character and also for the story that keep the reader hooked on to the book.