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The journey of – The Fifth Idiot

The journey of – The Fifth Idiot

Husband of our neighbour, a young lady CA age 24 , died within one year of their marriage. He was working with a bank and the  job was demanding. Ranjan Das, 42 years young CEO of SAP India died of cardiac arrest. Sarvshreshth Gupta, an analyst with Goldman Sachs died due to long hours of working and high stress at workplace. He once told his father that his job is too much work and too little time. After months of working close to 100-hour weeks, the young banker fell to his death at his apartment parking lot at the tender age of just 22.

Ryan Henry Crane, a Harvard graduate, who is survived by his wife, son and parents at the very young age of 37. He was working with J P Morgan chase. Earlier Ravi Mohan of Reliance, Ex OTC exchange/ CRISIL died of a massive heart attack at the age of 52. Devang Mehta, a very dynamic NASSCOM, CEO, died of a massive heart attack at the age of 38.

A study by ASSOCHEM found that demanding schedules, high-stress levels and performance linked perquisites in private sectors; nearly 42.50% of employees in private sectors are afflicted from depression or general anxiety disorder.

Another study by the Government of India shows that one out of every five Indians is suffering from a mental disorder. In fact, that places every family at severe risk of multiple issues such as chronic depression, suicidal tendencies and work related stress. 50 percent of corporate India is under chronic stress with 30 per cent having problems such as addiction and marital discord, and 20 percent suffering from depression. That effectively means that a rise in depression is a very real threat that could affect the country’s denizens and economy over a period of time.

We are surviving, but most of the working population is suffering from stress related disease? – diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. Long working hours coupled with no time for exercise, junk and erratic food habits, smoking and drinking are adding jet fuel to the fire.

We needed Three Idiots to make ourselves aware about school & college study related stress and studying what we love rather than following the herd mentality.

But madness for marks and social pressure for performance does not stop at colleges & universities. It becomes severe after we moved on to our work life. Here IRR, Market share, EBIDTA, ROCE, Topline & Net worth are some of the subjects.

The major change at this stage is, now the situation is ruthless.

Life @ Child stage:

Stress (Study and Expectation) Plus Love & Care of parents Plus time for sports/games.

Life @ Working Adult stage:

Stress (Work, Career, and Financial Goals) Minus Love & Care of parents Plus Expectation of Love and Care by family members Minus time for sports/games.

Here comes – The Fifth Idiot.

Originally I wrote The 5th Idiot as a movie script. I approached quite a few producers/corporate movie producers and even characters, who can play a lead character, but found many gatekeepers and perhaps failed to reach the right eyes. But the arrival of Kindle and Amazon self-publishing is quite liberating. We don’t need any rejection either from – film producers or from book publishing companies.

I wrote the story again in a novel format.  As book marketing experts recommend, I also approached many beta readers. I am thankful to all those who agreed to read the book even before it was edited and final, in some case. They offered me valuable feedback. I approached many well-known personalities to write a blurb for the book. I was successful in convincing a few (Most well-known people are extremely busy.)  I sincerely thank for their time and their names they have lent to the book by writing a blurb.

Praise for the book:

“A great read that can be finished in one sitting. I could relate to several instances/mentions in the book; especially the madness around Diwali – even our business takes a different curve during this holiday season amongst others. Employees are the biggest assets for any organization, and every organization should put in place mechanisms to ensure their happiness – some of the inputs from this book can prove to be valuable.”

  • Ritesh Agarwal, Founder and CEO, OYO Rooms

“In my busy schedule, I was wondering whether I made a mistake by accepting to write a blurb. But when I started reading, I realised that this has come to me for a reason. What a wonderful read, I couldn’t stop. ! So inspiring.  ……., this book is a MUST read…..” 

  • Richa Anirudh, TV,Radio Journalist, Editor in chief, School LIVE

“I would like to congratulate Sunil, for taking up such an important topic and weaving an interesting and remarkable story around.

A must read.”

  • Anupam Sibal , Senior Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Group Medical Director, Apollo Hospitals Group & Author of “Is Your Child Ready to face the World?”

“If you have to pick up a book to read, pick up “The Fifth Idiot”. It is contemporary, insightful and makes you think. Read it and you will enjoy it.”

  • Ninad Karpe, Managing Director & CEO Aptech Limited

 Here is a book – The Fifth Idiot.

This is a story about a woman CEO, the book was formally released on 8th March 2016, International Women’s Day.

As usual on 8th also I read a daily blog of Seth Godin & coincidently he wrote in his interim blog;

“Change making happens when people fall in love with a different version of the future.”

The quote was quite apt for the theme of the book. So I wrote a mail to him asking for a permission to use the quote on the cover of the book. & he readily agreed. The cover of the was changed on 8th night and the book was ready for the readers with the new cover.

Welcome to read – The Fifth Idiot.

The Fifth Idiot

I am sure you would enjoy the journey. My target is to sell 1000 books within 100 days. Your support will help me achieve the goal. Please share the link with all your social media groups – LinkedIn, FB, Twitter, Whatsapp, and all other. You can also help by writing a review on Amazon.in and even write a blog about the book if you are also a blogger.

One of the early readers of the book sent me a message; “I hereby enrol myself as The Fifth Idiot.” I am sure you also would like to be a part of The Fifth Idiot movement.

Sunil Gandhi
Sunil Gandhi

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