The Devil Wears Prada is not just another book that oozes glitzy labels that one might have heard of but cannot afford. It’s a story of a girl who gets entangled in a tyrannical career at the cost of her personal life which threatens to slip away from her hands. It’s a story of tolerance exercised by Andrea towards a slave driver that finally vanishes when she discovers that it’s better to put her life first and be rude and intolerant to Miranda than having to smile and suffer the auguries of being her assistant.
Four things the book shares with us (something that I’ve lived by from the start of my career) are as follows:
- You can be a perfectionist like Miranda Priestly in anything that you do but it does not mean that in the wake of success you turn cold and ruthless.
- Engrave one word into your dictionary – RESPECT – which would not only take you places but would also earn you enough goodwill. It can be RESPECT towards an assistant, a co-worker, and a piece-of-art or just anything good and genuine. Miranda respected only haute couture to the exclusion of living beings and this made her intolerable and disgusting.
- We can choose to be what we want to be. An autocratic boss or an inspiring leader. But remember, meaningless vendetta would only create fear in others. So if your boss had been cruel to you, it’s not necessary that you have to repeat history.
- There’s a great learning one can glean from Andrea Sach’s character. A lot of us forsake personal obligations to fulfil commitments from an over demanding deity. But not always do we realise that in the process we could see an entire life pass by without living it. So when in doubt, know your priorities, even if it makes you say something obscene to the boss. A Libran, Rashmi Ramachandra dotes on her morning cuppa of coffee. The family’s official juke box, Rashmi is a trained classical singer, an MBA in Marketing and HR who very soon found out that radio was her actual calling as it kept her close to the one thing that she loves the most – Music. A huge Harry Potter fan, she is trying to create a broomless version of the quidditch. ‘Life is too precious to complicate’ is what she lives by.