‘How I Braved Anu Aunty & Co-Founded a Million Dollar Company’ by Varun Agarwal is the perfect example of a book that truly lives up to its title. I picked up this book because it was making a lot of noise on social media for all the right reasons. I am glad that I picked it up because now this book has found its place in my list of ‘Favourite Reads’.
The story is about the author’s journey through the odds in his life to accomplish his entrepreneurial dream. Varun has recently graduated and isn’t interested to take up a job. He is even reluctant to show up for an interview. These traits are enough to get parents worked up. But the problem isn’t that. The real problem is that he has created a space for ‘Anu Aunty’ to fill up in his life. ‘Anu Aunty’ is that person who befriends parents and then is more concerned about what is going on in their lives than her own. She has the maximum power to influence the decision-making of parents, hence she is the person whom children fear the most.
The story is about how Varun skillfully tackles Anu Aunty (a friend of his mother); fights the stigma associated with entrepreneurship and achieves his dream.
What is so different about this book or what is the USP of this book? It is the humorous, witty and satirical manner in which this book has been narrated. Varun is an awesome story-teller. From the disclaimer itself, he sets the right tone for the book and has the readers hooked. The first chapter of the book itself is so much fun to read that it sets the ball rolling. The book is beautifully written and the author never loses the grip on the story. It isn’t preachy. The readers connect with the book as the protagonist is very real. He isn’t someone who is righteous. He is one among us, who makes mistakes and learns from them. You shall find yourself laughing through the book and reminiscing those times when the Anu aunty in your life played her cards.
This is a must read for everyone and especially for the ones who harbor entrepreneurial dreams and have to handle the social stigma against it. Do include this book in your to-be-read list and you shall not regret it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.