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'Be Patient For The Book To Turn Into Reality'

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Why this book? And why should a reader pick up this book?
101 Myths And Realities @ The Office is a reference book for every employee in every company. A reader will pick it up as it reveals the secrets behind many people management challenges which an employee or a manager faces on a daily basis.
What does the book mean to you? 
Every organisation knows that human resources are its greatest asset. To really work well as a team, managers need to think like employees; and employees need to know what management really thinks. This book bridges that gap. People come to office to work and my intention is to reduce the time spent on people management at work by giving tips on resolving people issues.
How difficult was it to put the book together?
There were two challenges: First, was to provide a recipe in dealing with various office myths both from employee and from manager’s perspective. Second, was to keep the format such that it should be eye-catching, easy to read, and simple to implement. 
101 Myths And Realities @ The Office
By Utkarsh Rai
Portfolio (Penguin Books India)
Pages: Rs 296
Price: Rs 250
When and where do you write?
I write in the evenings and in the weekends in a disciplined manner for months. After that I give a break for a few months and try not to think about the manuscript (though difficult at times). After a few months I pick it up again and make changes as a self-critic. This cycle repeats 2-3 times before submission to publisher.
Where all did this book take you?
It is based on my vast experiences in people management in various companies, across countries encompassing many cultures.
Can you suggest another title to this book? Also give us a new blurb!
This is the best title to reflect the essence of the book and a new blurb is not required, as the existing one is quite good.
What’s your energy drink? 
Every morning a glass of hot milk with jaggery.

What makes a book a really good read or a bestseller?
It should easily connect with the reader and any non-reader too should be tempted to read it.

What's the hardest thing about being a writer? 
Hardest? The whole process is quite hard. First, the multiple rounds of changes in the manuscript, then it is an experience on its own to find a publisher. Be ready to make changes as per publisher’s suggestions. Once manuscript is accepted, you should be patient for the book to turn into reality. You will hardly get to enjoy its release, as the daunting task of book promotion will drain your energy.
What are you reading now?
I just finished reading Kuldeep Nayar’s autobiography.
So, what’s next?
Once done with the book promotion, I will pick-up my next non-fiction and give the finishing touches to it.
(Compiled by Jinoy Jose P)