- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Notion Press, Inc.; 1 edition (5 December 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1946280968
- ISBN-13: 978-1946280961
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,63,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CAT Race: The rat race called CAT Paperback – Import, 5 Dec 2016
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About the Author
Hriday Ram Shenoy, a 30-something recliner-stuck dreamer, has the potential to look younger if he dyes his hair...which he tried a few times and gave up since he doesn't believe in making L'Oreal richer when there are a lot of local start-ups that can be encouraged with all that hair-color money - like the neighborhood biryani joint for instance.
Faced with the Shakespearean dilemma of 'To B.E or not to B.E', right after class 12, he chose to B.E in Electronics and Communication and went on to do his MBA in Marketing and Systems. He currently works for an IT multinational and has had stints in marketing, innovation experience design and pre-sales.
Off work, he dabbles in cryptic crosswords, classical piano, chess, design, movies, fantasy and sci-fi books and gaming. Currently, he lives somewhere between Hogwarts, Neverwhere, Middle Earth, The Matrix and Studio Ghibli with his Alienware gaming desktop and about 200 books.
CAT Race is his first book.
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Top customer reviews
A must read for anyone who has been at Manipal and studied there.
Kudos to the author.
The author in a very simple and interesting way has brought about the contradictions between the comforts of an imaginative and creative world and the stark realities of life.
Ayush also faces the same struggle when he decides to prepare for the exam called CAT.
It’s a very good guide to all the students writing the exam. It deals well with all the emotional and logical decision making milestones that are encountered in an life of an MBA aspirant.
The Author beautifully takes us through the scenic places of Manipal and at the same time touches upon very crucial questions of life like “To BE or NOT TO BE” and the dilemma of “understanding what our heart desires” to list a few . So even though the story revolves around an MBA aspirant but still it well connects to everyone’s life in general, and the reader cannot escape but see his own story being told. And that’s where Author succeeds in making you one with the story line. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and enjoyed the philosophy brought forward.
The story does end abruptly, but so does life. It keeps the reader pondering and thinking even after the novel is over. :)
PS: In wink it looks like a lovestory which after you see, leaves orphic view enriching your overall understanding.
Note - the book is easy to hold with nice cover :)
As you traverse through Aayush’s dilemma’s, frustrations, and triumps as he pursues his elusive CAT quest, you cannot help but turn the page to find out how he navigates yet another new hurdle. I, for one, especially enjoyed how, amidst all the drama, Aayush manages to discover and pursue his passion.
Interspersed with quite a few colourful and well-rounded characters, the novel moves along at a merry pace, doling out a balanced diet of humor, life-gyan, and the best restaurants Manipal has to offer. I really hope a sequel is in the pipeline. Meanwhile, do yourself a favor and pick up CAT Race. It makes for a perfect break from your own routine race!
Another point for the language. No surprises there as I have read a lot of Hriday Ram Shenoy in FB reviews, letters, chats etc. Loved it so much that I have decided to read the book again just to savour the words! Its unlike how most Indian authors sound and yet has a lovely aamchi flavour to it.
Third point for the story. Here I was pleasantly surprised. I did not expect it to be so free-flowing and uniformly paced. Full marks for keeping it simple.
Fourth point for the preface- loved it!
Fifth point for putting my name on print! :-P How glad am I to be featured in your debut!
Lastly, if I could rate 10 on 5 I would gladly add 5 points for you my little bro! Am very proud of your work!
It was breezy, light and enjoyable! Loved it!
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Enjoyed the narration, though me being neither from Mani pal nor a CAT aspirant :) but the detailed story telling made it a worth read. Kudos!!!!!Read more