ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5
Maybe This or Maybe That is for those of us who either have or aspire to have a business degree. It is thus all about the Masters of Business Administration. If you observe the book cover closely, you will notice how beautifully the cover also attempts to convey the same thing. Well, to clear any further doubts which one might have – the book talks about the 37 things which we didn’t learn in our business schools. Yes, you will be surprised too. As MBAs we often think of ourselves as being invincible; better than the regular graduates and even better than the techies but just wait and read this book, you will know how far that thought holds true.
Mayank Chandna (pen name Abhaidev) is a MDI, Gurgaon alumnus who has quit his boring and monotonous investment banking career to try his hands at writing and judging by the quality of this book, I can safely vouch for him as an author to watch out for. Maybe This or Maybe That is not supposed to give you any solid “gyaan” apart from what you must have already learned/will be learning at your b-school, the book is more like a guide, or a mentor which points out the peculiarities associated with a b-school degree.
There are no set rules defining the dos and don’ts but the overall idea is just to make oneself comfortable in the business world – both college and office. The writing has edge, fun, humour and a little bit of general wisdom – enough to keep one from getting bored but at the same time driving the intended point home. The writing style is breezy and the book is all of 87 pages; readable in just under 2 hours. The content is not compartmentalized into sections or chapters but is written in a random manner. As indicated by the ratings above, there is not much research involved; the author writes straight from the heart and not based on some scientific studies or data.
The notes at the end though does recommend additional reading which one may want to browse through. The book intends to help you sail through the MBA course if you are currently undergoing one. In case you already have the much coveted degree to your name – Congratulations! This book will take you one step ahead and help you survive the corporate life. In case you still haven’t decided whether you will be joining MBA after all, this book will help you decide what course of action to take – whether to take the plunge or stay ashore by clearing many stigmas and urban myths about the degree.
Written on the lines of a self-help but not being really so, the book is a pleasant, fast and humorous read and I therefore recommend Maybe This or Maybe That to all readers who are even remotely associated with the world of MBAs.