Along the Way by TGC Prasad is a dramatic witty and humorous tale of adore, camaraderie and associations to survival strategies
The narrative begins with three friends struggling and surviving jointly in the bottom of the pile at NIT Kozhikode and going on to becoming friends for life. Venkata Subramaniam Adisankara Tanikaburla aka VSAT, son of a small town educator is like a classic neighbourhood chap with syrupy blots, having interest for some fatale female chattels. He is friends with a covert of his own Adi or Aditya, with an astoundingly short name and Raj Malhotra, a archetypal affluent Punjabi boy, whose father dealt in used cars.
Food, drinks, sleep and computers keep Adi engaged, while Raj is simply too contented to take his families obscure specialties forward. Eventually all of them graduate and by a glad happenstance all four of them, along with Anjali's best chum, Srila, are placed with the same software company, TCS, which is supposed to look after and mind for them and present them lifetime service as per VSAT's US fixated conventional parents. They get to see their son's actual progress when he gets posted in the US, where VSAT also ends up calling 911 while trying to call his home
After the training period Srila moves to Chennai, while the others stay behind in Bangalore and the argot is profound with an attractive exposé of the contretemps among the HR section and their supervisors, where they end up putting themselves in a mess after naming their boss, Mani as Hitler and rechristening their HR head, Amit as Pappu. Their boss of course is of the boss is always right nature and does not go easy on them.
It is from here that the writer truly whirls the anecdote and the montage is very glowingly arranged by providing a glance into the lives of software engineers and their expectations and dreams in an uncertain world providing minute delights of the work pressure, US clientele, workplace politics, staff antics, foibles, heartburn over pay rises, overseas trips, visa japes along with other frivolities in the IT sector.
The cultural conflict among the east and the west is depicted in a witty style and illustrates, what IT concerns are prepared to do to acquire talent, by altering their actions towards employees overnight to be in no doubt that they join and once they do the companies will do everything to retain them, not least bringing out their trump card, an onsite prospect in the US, not wanting to lose staff to competition.