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Abhijit Bhaduri




Abhijit Bhaduri is a Human Resources professional who works in the US. He did his BA (Honours) Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce and then did his Post Graduation in Human Resources from Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur. He also has a degree in Law from Delhi University (don’t ask me why). 

A man of many interests, Abhijit has illustrated several books and is an accomplished cartoonist. He loves the theatre and  in the ‘80s was a popular voice on All India Radio where he read the news in English and participated in a number of radio plays and music based shows. He now hosts a popular radio show in the US, about classic Hindi movies and film music.

He lives in New Jersey with his wife Nandini and their two children Eshna and Abhishek. 

He can be reached at abhijitbhaduri@gmail.com

The Telegraph
Calcutta, India
Sunday, July 30, 2006

The typical setting for India’s new-age fiction is the college campus. And all elements of college life — hostel humour, bad food, nicknames — are woven into the story. “Readers write to me saying they can completely relate to my book,” says Abhijit Bhaduri, whose book Mediocre But Arrogant — is set in a B-school campus. Bhaduri is clear that he is no Dickens in the making. “My book is written in class notes style. I write like I speak,” he says. — Abhijit Bhaduri

Readers, for one, are not complaining. Bhaduri claims his debut novel sold 40,000 copies in one year — which qualifies the book to be a bestseller. He is already working on the second part of a planned trilogy. “In part two, my protagonist works in the corporate sector,” says Bhaduri, human resource director at Pepsico. — Abhijit Bhaduri

Moreover, the growth in the general reading category is coming mostly from younger readers — people who are suddenly discovering that there are books on the shelves that reflect their lives, attitudes and angst. “The market is driven by young readers. And they want to read books that they can relate to,” says Basant Pandey, director, Indialog Publications. — Basant Pandey

Publishers have been quick to pick up the cue. Pandey says Indialog is always on the lookout for light-read books — literary benchmarks no bar. “Everyone wants to know about student life in an IIT or IIM campus. We keep an eye out for such manuscripts,” says Pandey. — Basant Pandey

Another big change in Indian writing is that it is no longer dependent on approval by the West. “The new authors talk exclusively to an Indian audience. In fact, a Western audience would not be able to comprehend the slang and similes used in their books,” says Bose. Bhaduri, whose book has liberal doses of Dadu’s dhaba, Ganauri, the dhobi, addas and Navy Cut cigarettes, agrees. “The Western audience is not in focus anymore. Indians want to read about themselves and write like they talk,” he says. — Abhijit Bhaduri


“Mediocre But Arrogant is a heady and delightful blend of so many flavours; it is funny, sad, touching, romantic, reflective ... One gets spontaneously seduced into living through Abbey's life — with all its exuberance, paradoxes and pains. M-B-A is not just about life in a B-School; it is about the process of growing up into an adult...” — Dr Madhukar Shukla, Professor (OB & Strategic Management) — XLRI, Jamshedpur

“...a witty and insightful depiction of the two years in a business school student's life. Using Abbey's classnotes as illustrations is a unique idea.” — Tarun Sheth, management guru

This may be the Indian answer to Peter Robinson's cult book on MBAs “ Snapshots from Hell” — Gautam Ghosh

"Took me straight back to my college days!!" — Shobhaa Dé 

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Pages 280
Price US $ 12.95 
ISBN 81-87981-81-4 
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Price US $ 21.95 
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