Title : "31"
Author : Upendra Namburi
Genre : Corporate Thriller
Price : Not specified ( its an unrealeased copy :D )
Synopsis : What can happen in a month ? Plenty , as Ravi Shastry, a middle level executive in 'Imperial Bank' is to find out . Here he is, riding high in the last quarter of a tough year for a large multinational, with every prospect of a coveted promotion. Ravi runs a tight ship and delivers results, his team looks up to him, his wife loves him and his hard-driving boss respects his choices and even hints that he is headed for bigger and better things.
But within a week, the bank's Brazil operations are shut down, the US subsidiary is in a mess and soon the global restructuring wave pounds the Indian ops - Ravi and his team. His wife is also under professional and personal pressure; a former girlfriend and now rival, a manipulative HR manager and others are turning hostile; even internal Audit is after him.
About the Author: Upendra Namburi is an engineer and MBA by qualification. In an attempt to break the monotony of classrooms and lectures during his college years, he developed a strong inclination towards writing. Over time the love affair blossomed. He now maintains several blogs and has contributed articles to Indian and International publications.
The book is a little slow in the beginning but it soon catches pace. The description of the MNC culture and cut throat competition along is spot on. The pressure of seniors , and wrath of juniors , the struggle to maintain a work life balance and the desire to race ahead by hook or crook.
I personally liked the style of writing the most . The book is split into 31 days instead of chapters and you see how the protagonists life changes over a month so drastically. How your friends can turn to foes , how all you wished for can be the cause of your downfall. People working in a corporate will relate to it completely. The role of the Blackberry and Twitter in your life , the usual office grapevine and the sorts. This book is the same old wine in a new bottle. A corporate story you have read many times but with a little twist.And especially its a welcome break from the IIT & IIM crap. It gives us a few of the less explored Sales and Marketing Departments , where literally everyday is a chase.
The book revolves around the central character , Ravi and how he handles all his problems.He is framed in a scam , his family turns against him , someone he least expected is after him . The english is impeccable, grammar nazi is happy. But there are a few typos but that is only cause its a unedited copy (*proud grin*)
On an overall basis you can definitely pick it up . Its not exactly a sip a coffee and sit by the window kind of read, but its a I need something to read before I sleep at night kind of reads .
Overall Rating : 2.75/5
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