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Aayush, a fresh engineering graduate, realizes that idling, snoozing, internet addiction and motorcycle spins don't really qualify as skills to build a successful career. Goaded by parents, trounced by top-achieving buddies and encouraged by stray incidents, Aayush takes a plunge into the dog-eat-dog rat race called CAT – a nationwide, competitive test to make it to the top business schools.
What follows is a simple, everyday motley of events as Aayush enrolls himself at a CAT coaching center, where he comes across interesting characters, ¬including an eccentric tutor with a penchant for fancy dress and an exquisite temptress, Nakshatra.
Set in the serene backdrop of Manipal, a student-dominated township in coastal Karnataka, CAT Race is a simple, short and comfortable tale that highlights the struggles and aspirations of every B-school aspirant, providing insightful yet light-hearted views on the many stages of successful enrollment to management institutes.
CAT Race is reminiscent of the struggles that students across all streams of academics have inevitably undergone and is a tribute to the indecisions, unpreparedness, uncertainty, impudence and insouciance so characteristic of student life.
Hriday Ram Shenoy
Hriday Ram Shenoy, a 30-something recliner-stuck dreamer, has the potential to look younger if he dyes his hair...which he tried a few times and gave up since he doesn't believe in making L'Oreal richer when there are a lot of local start-ups that can be encouraged with all that hair-color money – like the neighborhood biryani joint for instance.
Faced with the Shakespearean dilemma of 'To B.E or not to B.E', right after class 12, he chose to B.E in Electronics and Communication and went on to do his MBA in Marketing and Systems. He currently works for an IT multinational and has had stints in marketing, innovation experience design and pre-sales.
Off work, he dabbles in cryptic crosswords, classical piano, chess, design, movies, fantasy and sci-fi books and gaming. Currently, he lives somewhere between Hogwarts, Neverwhere, Middle Earth, The Matrix and Studio Ghibli with his Alienware gaming desktop and about 200 books.
CAT Race is his first book.