CONFESSIONS of an MBA and other stories


Confessions of an MBA exposes contradictions in today’s real world where society demands hard choices but where even when one’s cup runneth over, it still fails to quench the inner thirst. The eight stories here give an unparalleled depth to this yearning of a new generation of Indians. Meet Gautam, who treads the socially acceptable path of the power-MBA but finds that this does not result in happiness. It takes a simple girl, Veena, to bring him down to earth to rediscover timeless values.  Thrown together by fate in the Big City, Ramesh and Major Anoop Sharma are paired with lovers, Deepa and Kalpana, who have different compulsions than their own. How can they reconcile their dreams with their realities?  A clash of Eastern and Western cultures can be personally unsettling. Caught in the cross-currents of acceptance and rejection, the Raina family discovers the hard way that, ultimately, all that matters is understanding, tolerance, and reconciliation.   Yearning for her idyllic past in the beautiful Vale of Kashmir, Uma clings to her nostalgia and refuses to let go until diabolical circumstances around her finally catch up.Heaven is not an escape for long, and hell can be an inspiration in its own way. In a lighter vein, and with dark humour, Asha and Vikas struggle to find a space for themselves as the inconsistencies between hopes, efforts, and results cross celestial boundaries. …And more!

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The author, Vinod Kaul, of Kashmiri extraction, was born in New Delhi when his father moved there to take up a Government job. His father’s career in the Foreign Service exposed Vinod to the world at an early age. This included postings in Cairo, New York, Beirut, and Tokyo. He completed his education at the prestigious St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Vinod had dreamt of becoming an astronomer, but was thrown, instead, into the hurly-burly of the world of business management, which he entered somewhat reluctantly. He worked with a slew of companies in India and Canada, which included multinationals, Indian business houses, small companies, institutions, and entrepreneurial ventures. This included Tata, Bata, Birla, and Benetton. He headed the high-profile fashion body, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and ran India Fashion Week for a few years. Vinod has also tried his hand at entrepreneurial ventures and start-ups. During this period he edited professional journals in retail, fashion, and luxury. The Kaul family’s scholarly leanings introduced Vinod to the joys of reading and written expression at an early age. However, his love of writing has remained a hidden passion till recently. He feels he has a lot of catching up to do for all the years in between. Besides writing, Vinod practises as an independent management consultant. He took to long-distance running at the age of 58 and has several marathons and ultras under his belt. He is married, with a Kashmiri wife, and has a son and a daughter.