Published by Notion Press in both formats, Articleship Diaries by Akhil Manuel is a work of fiction based on a CA’s initial life and career. The title is a field-oriented jargon, as in Charted Accountancy, when an exam qualified CA works as an intern for some years then that period is known as Articleship.
Thus, the novel deals with that period. It is a story of Joe Peters from Kerala. The character is pragmatic, funny, sincere, at times foolish – but despite all he does not forget to make his readers laugh.
The book is divided into 4 parts that shed light on various phases a CA has to go through after the hurdle of exam. The story at length involves love, lust, romance, friendship, office politics, betrayal and a few more concurrent themes.
The book is long but easy to read and relate. New CA aspirants may find this book a source of inspiration and full of insights, while the established one will surely have evoke of memories by going through the story of the protagonist. Written in simple and lucid narrative, the author took care to avoid banality at any cost. Even non-CA people will relish this book. Overall, a light yet informative read.
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About the Author:
Akhil Manuel juggles a full-time career in auditing with a passion for travel, writing fiction, and photography. As a Chartered Accountant, he has worked extensively amongst the best, including E&Y, Deloitte, and Goldman Sachs. Akhil always moves forward to provide value within the Chartered Accountant community and has taken his talent to Muscat, where he currently resides.
He loves to portray the real-life in front of him without a filter and get into the minds of characters around him. Akhil is adept at narrating stories and building dialogues with his audience and lives by the theory- if it’s meant to be, it will be.