A 2011 alumnus of XLRI-Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, has written a book chronicling his life as an MBA graduate.
Inspired by real-life incidents, Hilarious MBA Memoirs by Hari Hara Subramanian is an autobiographical satire through childhood, college, and corporate days.
The rib-tickling stressbuster chronicles funny anecdotes throughout the protagonist’s life right from the rote-learning methodology in childhood to the struggles of MBA days (making a CV, fish-market group discussions, social media mishaps, summer internship fiasco, date nights gone wrong and more), followed by his journey as an eligible corporate bachelor struggling to find a wife through the arranged marriage route, and finally a heart-warming climax.
“I have always believed that humour is a great stress-buster and if you are able to bring a smile to others’ faces, you have impacted them positively. One of the ideas which occurred to me was why not laugh at myself through a book chronicling my journey. I have immense gratitude towards my alma mater XLRI Jamshedpur as the two years spent at XLRI played a huge role in shaping my personality, building various skillsets, and setting me up for success in my corporate career,” Subramanian said.
The author said he has described the funny side of MBA life in his book but doing an MBA at XLRI was also a great teacher. “I learnt a lot of things — working in groups, collaborating, delivering results in tight deadlines, prioritisation, presentation, analytics, multi-tasking, nuts and bolts of running a business, etc. I would strongly recommend the MBA course for anyone interested in pursuing a career in management,” he said.
On the occasion of the book launch, Madhukar Shukla, a senior faculty of XLRI Jamshedpur, said: “It is really heartening to see our students pursuing their passion and bringing their dreams alive. I wish Hari all the best for the book and his future writing endeavours.”
Subramanian is an XLRI 2011 alumnus with over 10 years of experience in business and HR roles in diverse organisations, including the Mahindra Group and Amazon India. He is currently based out of the UK and is passionate about writing.