My Blog, Your Life: Kissing A$$ The Art of Office Politics (Win a Copy Now!)

Clyde D'Souza , 24 Apr 2012

I’ve known Clyde D’Souza for years, back from the days when we were both writing content for mtvindia.com, before the first dot.com bubble burst. I’m pleased to see that since then he’s gone and written a book and so kindly agreed to give you a few copies here :) xoxo

Kissing A$$
Kissing A$$

Contest: Ever given your boss a funny nickname? Post your answer in the comments below to win a signed copy! (Don’t forget to mention your city!)

Just Another Day At Work

So I’ve just written a book called Kissing A$$, The Art of Office Politics. It’s a fun guide on how to deal with everyday situations from how to massage your bosses ego or how to have sex at work!

When MissMalini asked me if I’d like to write a guest post I thought I’d share with you how the idea for this book came about using photos that I took at the office.

Hardly Working

The thing about work is that there’s so much that happens that is not actually work related but is somehow connected to our work success. Stuff like… Monday Mornings.

Clyde D'Souza
Clyde D'Souza

Hands down the worst day of the week. But drag ourselves we must after a 2-day weekend break. And so Monday mornings typically see stupid formal wear, weekly meetings and a general sense of oh sh*t one more week to go! All of which can only be bettered by a post office drink :) As for me, I spend my Monday mornings owling!

Intern / Slave

Intern/Slave
Intern/Slave

Interns and subordinates are a thing of beauty and a joy forever. It’s when bosses can feel like Kings and delegate the minions to do the dirty work. But even subordinates can be tricky, especially if they’re smarter than you or related to the CEO!

Toilet Training

toilet training
toilet training

I kid you not this is the actual notice stuck on the door in our loo! The loo is where we go to relieve ourselves but it can turn into a serious stress situation if you bump into your CEO! I always wondered what’s the best thing to say to fill in the awkward silence. It’s best to have a few BBM type one-liners handy so you come out smelling like roses.

Getting Laid

office cute guy?
office cute guy?

Two reasons we come to work: One – to get paid. Two – to get laid. Or at the very least the chance of a cute chick/guy sitting across the cubicle. But most cases our colleagues (nice as they are) turn out to be ugly. And finally there’s the….

Chai Tapri

chai tapri
chai tapri

If there ever was an institution in India where the working class bonded, brainstormed, gossiped then it has to be the chai tapris located near every office. It is here that we start our day even before we log into FB; where we come to blow off steam or just generally head out for a break.

I hate reading long books so I’ve made KISSING A$$ a light read using illustrations, chart doodles, and little games like X and Zero that break the monotony if you do get bored reading. So anyways, I had a lot of fun writing the book and I hope you enjoy reading it. Kissing A$$ is available at Flipkart (buy here) and other leading stores.

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Kissing A$$ back cover
Kissing A$$ back cover

PS. I think it’s pretty hilarious that I just watched Horrible Bosses by they way, which makes this blog that much more entertaining for me :) two movies you absolutely must watch on office shenanigans that and Office Space.

*LOL* Scenes with Milton and his stapler really slay me :)

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