No parking No halt Success non-stop by Abhishek Ratna is a handbook for corporate life. It contains fifty chapters each giving gyan on one or the other aspect of corporate life, which will help the corporate employee climb up the corporate ladder. These chapters aren’t mere moral lessons but offer pragmatic, at times even shrewd, lessons for surviving the corporate life. The book is unconventional in many aspects. That’s why l liked it. The writing style is simple and the chapters are small. You feel like you are reading an email or a blog post.
The writer underlines the fact that in corporate life you must be a smart worker. If you slog like a donkey, chances are that your smart peers will go ahead of you. Also you must take care that the work you do gets noticed. There are stories in few of the chapters. Some of those are heard and some are unheard. I liked the story of the King in the chapter titled three questions three answers. It was indeed something new, refreshing and of course carried a message with it.
The author also warns us that every work has negatives and one must concentrate on the positives. I liked the chapter about how to deal with an insecure boss. I also liked the author’s take on meetings. The chapter on motivation was an interesting read too. I liked the concept of Selective Intentional Absence mentioned in the book. I have used it couple of times in life before, without knowing its nomenclature. I don’t know if it works, but it gives you an immense satisfaction for sure.
The author tells us that in difficult situations try responding by asking questions. This approach was new to me. I appreciate the guts of the author for contradicting Steve Job's advice to follow your passion.
Speaking of the cons, I didn’t like sarcastic tone of few chapters. That is because between plain narrations suddenly a sarcastic chapter comes up. It doesn’t go along well with other chapters. On page 111 the word predict is misspelt as predicti. On page 181 space is missing between the words a and failure. Chapter one about determining the Zeitgeist and Chapter two about not assuming anything are contradictory to each other.
This book offers some interesting tips for corporate life, some of them are practical, some may backfire and some may not be implementable. Yet this book is different from similar books in the market.