‘Business Sutra’-Devdutt Pattanaik

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About the book

Author

Devdutt Pattanaik

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ISBN

978-81-923280-7-2

Price [INR]

695/-

Pages

437

Main Plot

As the title itself suggests, the book presents a very Indian approach to management. In truer sense a very real approach! In an instant what attracts you to the book is the graphical presentation, the conceptualization and the introduction of the book.

No. of Characters

NA

Tone of writing

Technical yet simple to comprehend.
My take on the book

Do I recommend the book?

Yes. I like it.

Review

>The book is authored by the CBO (Chief Belief Officer) of Future Group. He has also mentioned in the introduction of what exactly CBO is. You will be amazed knowing the background of the role and how it came into existence. The designation does sound posh and carries a lot of responsibility.

>The book is divided into 3 parts: IntroductionFrom Goal to Gaze and Business Sutra.

> It carries a sense of responsibility for the reader, creating that space in reader’s mind which absorbs the fundamentals presented in the book.

>The book has connected mythology with the management business facts and it has been done beautifully, one has to read the book to know what I mean.

>The info-graphics presented in the book are very cute and precise. Looking at those images one feels that you are being taught the concepts right there on a white board. It gives a pleasant feeling to look at those graphics. A different way to present diagrams.

>There are examples accompanied by the theories and the speciality of them is they are quick and short to read, unlike other management books which have longish examples/case studies to prove a point.

>And the examples are not only ‘examples’ from corporate scenes but there are subtle connections between the mythology and corporate culture. Putting a ditto from the book here as an example:

“When asked why he needed a chief operating officer, Aniruddh told the Chief Executive Officer that he needed someone downstairs to pay attention to quarterly targets and someone upstairs to pay attention to the long-term prospects of the company. ‘I want the CEO to think of the five-year plans, product development and talent management, not waste his time thinking of how to achieve today’s sales’. Aniruddh knows that there will be tension between the CEO and COO, as the COO will have more control over the present yet will have to report to someone whose gaze is on the future. This tension between the sarpa and the garud was necessary if Lakshmi had to keep walking into the company for a sustained time.”

The above paragraph also accompanies a quick image to explain the Garud and Laxmi relationship.

>Also, interestingly, the author himself has written a section on “How to reject this book”. There are 14 statements/questions mentioned in this section which are hilarious, really, and the last one is a cracker which says “Devdutt Pattanaik will solve my problems” 🙂 .It brings a smile on your face!

>This book is like a workshop that people attend to hone their managerial, team building, people management, time management and business acumen skills.

>It is hilarious, interesting and deep.

>It is different from the run of the mill management books.

>I’ll recommend everyone to read this book, whether you belong to management or not!

’31 A thriller’-Upendra Namburi

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Author Upendra Namburi
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ISBN 9789381626757
Price [INR] Price not mentioned on the book
Pages 372
Main Plot The story revolves around a banker-Ravi Shashtri who is the Regional Head Marketing, South India at Imperial Bank. Due to a global crisis in the bank, the India business also feels the currents. The top layer of the company becomes unstable, there are exits and entries and this exerts pressure on Ravi and his targets shoot up. He is caught in the dilemma of taking rough decisions just to make his job secure. So much turbulence in his professional life creates issues in his personal life which ironically results in corporate ‘9-5 fling’ adding more ripples to his personal life. The novel is an interesting account of turn of events in Ravi’s life in the span of 31 days of the month of March.
No. of Characters 1 main lead
Tone of writing Simple, Slang-ish and Overboard at some places
My take on the book
Do I recommend the book? Not really
The reasons being >It is a typical account of a senior banking professional and how he deals with the pressures of personal and professional life.>Had it not been termed as a ‘thriller’, it would still have made through because by no means is it a thriller but the word is added to the name of the book as a tag and it raises expectations.>While reading you don’t feel there is something new to read about, especially for the readers who are corporate professionals.

>There are places where it feels the slangs are pushed in the language, to make it polished and flashy but actually it sounds pretty artificial.

>Slangs like “he slit my balls” etc in a taunting ironic tone are used to colourise the storyline which I felt were not necessary at all places.

>Exaggeration of the corporate pressures is done to the hilt. For example: if one’s wife undergoes an abortion, do you think one still would not go to attend the wife because there are deadlines to attend?

>There comes a point where you start feeling that entire world’s stress is put on our Mr. Banker and he is solely responsible for handling it just like it is portrayed in today’s saas-bahu serials where in the bahu is always made to face some or the other challenge thrown at her by the saas.

On the other hand >It is light, quick and flow-y.>Good for a time pass travel novel.>It shows a dramatic picture of the corporate world and its pressures to people who are yet to step in or don’t belong to the corporate world.

>It also tells you about how the corporate world functions when hit by retrenchment, how one is put in a spot to make quick decisions and how one feels when job security is shaky.

>A quick glance at the professionals’ life and his inability to strike the balance between work and personal life.

>A good read for the ones who want to read a no brainer story.

‘The Taj Conspiracy’-Manreet Sodhi Someshwar

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This time I’m guilty of posting the review so late-what with so much going on in life at the same time,sigh!!!!

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About the book

Author

 Manreet Sodhi Someshwar

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ISBN

978-93-81626-13-9

Price [INR]

250/-

Pages

402

Main Plot

As the name suggests, the plot revolves around the great monument of the country-Taj Mahal.  Over the years, there have been lot of attempts, by Hindus and Muslims, to claim Taj as their own. The protagonist Mehrunisa, is an architectural historian and art scholar, has to do a research project on Indo-Persians connection in fine arts and architecture. She chooses Taj Mahal, for it being the famous monument and also because she is emotionally attached to this project because of her family background.While researching for her project, Mehrunisa, is accidently caught at a sight of a murder that takes place inside the Taj, putting her in the danger of being a suspect of the murder. While striving to steer clear of the murder mystery, she comes to the junction where a larger conspiracy is waiting for her to be unearthed.

Will Mehrunisa be convicted for the murder or will she find the murderer? What’s the conspiracy waiting for her? What happens to Mehrunisa at the end? So whom does Taj belong to-Hindus or Muslims?

No. of Characters

1 main lead

Tone of writing is

Simple and Descriptive
My take on the book

Do I recommend the book?

Yes, very much.

The reasons I liked the book

>For starters, the subject matter is so appealing, for obvious reason that it is about the great monument- Taj Mahal,a monument so dear to our hearts, a symbol of eternal love.>The suspense in the novel is maintained till the end. The reader is sure to feel intrigued throughout and feel the pulse racing with every page turned.

>The author’s style of narration and the way she has developed the characters in the plot is fabulous.

>The author has very subtly included the current political issues of our country in the story which strengthens the curiosity and reader’s connection to the plot.

>It brings forth the arguments stated by the communities to claim Taj as their own.

>It is an eye opener in terms of selfishness of the politicians, terrorists, self professed community leaders, as how they play with the emotions of the common man, misguide them for their own benefits and use them.

>There are lot of real facts, about the Taj, that have been mentioned in the story which mostly people don’t know about.

>In a series of suspenseful twists and turns, the plot moves from History of Peshawar to the Taj Mahal in Agra, from Delhi to snowy Himalayas.

On the other hand

>There are places where a reader might feel that the author is a little biased against right winged politicians.

>There are lot of things that have really taken place in our history and have been mentioned in the story but there are fictitious incidents mentioned too. The one who has no fair idea of the historical background of the Taj and related politics might find it difficult to differentiate the real from fiction.

‘The devotion of suspect X’-Book review

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About the book

Author

 Keigo Higashino translated by ‘Alexander O. Smith’

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ISBN

9780-0-349-13873-2

Price [INR]

350/-

Pages

378

Main Plot

A divorcee woman is leading a simple life as a devoted mother to her only daughter. One fine evening her ex-husband appears at her door unexpected. The sight of her ex-husband sends shivers down the woman’s spine. Her life turns upside down, her silent world shatters into pieces and something un-planned happens-a murder takes place.When the police look into the matter, their obvious suspect is the woman. But as they unveil the case further they are presented with an entire new plot which leaves them confused and derailed umpteen times until they reach the end of this jigsaw puzzle.Who commits the crime? Who is murdered? What’s the woman’s ex-husband got to do with her after so many years of the divorce? Do the police find the actual murderer? Who is this suspect X?

No. of Characters

5 leads

Tone of writing is

Quick and simple.
My take on the book

Do I recommend the book?

Very Much-I will go to an extent and say ‘it is a must read’!

The reasons I liked the book

>Set up in Tokyo, it is a thrillerby all means.

>A page turnerin truer sense. It takes you through the entire plot without many delays yet you feel when will you reach the answer that you’ve been trying to find throughout.

>This is a reverse murder mysterywhere in you already know the murderer but you don’t know how the body was disposed off. It is like to trace back all the events and going through them time and again in your head to join the dots by the help of the clues thrown at you in every chapter.

>You feel you are one notch above the detectives in the novel cause at least you know the murderer whereas they just know that the crime has been committed-gives you a high to know you know at least one part of the answer!

>Two friends, who are excellent research scientists, one who is a mathematician and other a physicist, are each involved in different ways. They use their logical and scientific skills to commit the crime and solve the puzzle.

>It’s interesting to know the theories these scientists present to veil and unveil the crime.

>A very interesting read not only for mystery lovers but for every book lover.

>The author has managed to write in a way wherein he also gives away the secret as well as holds some with him until the end-in other words; he has done justice to the plot.

>It makes your brain race through logic, knowledge and hunch.

>At the end you are surely caught by surprise, which is a must for thriller stories.

On the other hand

>I’ve to admit that, in the start, the novel kind of didn’t appeal me because of one silly reason-there are all Japanese characters so obviously they have Japanese names. Since you most likely don’t read much of Japanese/Chinese fiction you are bound to feel a little bit out of place reading names like Yasuko, Ishigami, Misato, Sayoko, Kusanagi, Yukawa, Yonazawa, Togashi, Kudo, Kishitaniand the likes…..

> But obviously this is not a reason to put down the book in any which way!