60 Minutes Paperback – 23 Jun 2014
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Sailesh, in contrast to his past modest past and academic brilliance, is part of the corporate maze too.
60 minutes begins with Maithili's struggle to hold on to her sanity. Maithili is a beautiful, successful woman, who feels she has lost it all.
Sailesh and Agastya are both exceptionally good at their jobs. So, not only are they aggressive competitors, over the years they have gotten to respect each other too.
60 minutes is a fast-paced thriller, set in the corporate world. Not even a sentence seems to drag the story. Even the descriptions, whether of feelings, or of surroundings, convey the underlying mood.
This book brings into focus the pettiness of the politics in corporate culture and the almost-inhuman stress.
Each chapter has a a few intense words, as if giving a peek into what is to come. One of my favorites is 'history trusts turmoil and suspects stability'.
I feel happy when the stories I read, give a closure to the characters. The only thing that had me a little restless at the end of 60 minutes is that I would have ideally liked something else/more for Agastya, Sailesh and Maithili. I guess what I am asking for is that everything be tied in a pretty little bow. I do realise that it is foolish to expect everything to end in the perfect way. Certain imperfections are the truth of life, and thus of fiction too.
60 minutes by Upendra Namburi is a riveting, page-turner... although I am sure it would have been yet more interesting to me had I known more about the corporate world and stocks. The upside, I got an insight into a world I don't know much about.
An interesting read...
I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
While half of the story happens in 60 minutes, for the other half, there are a lot of background stories which Upendra delves into one by one. The narrative starts off at a good pace but the need to tell each character’s story within the 60 minutes by moving back and forth between the present and the past acts as an obstacle.
If you are someone who isn’t interested in corporate boardroom politics, stocks, sales and the likes, you may not really like the book too much. Moreover, at certain points, I feel that Upendra goes into the Madhur Bhandarkar school of story telling where things start to get too dark.
Since the story moves from the present to the past many a time throughout the book, the reader may tend to get quite confused. Better editing could have done the job.
The story is based on the corporate rivalry between Sailesh and Agastya who is the CMO of an FMCG company called BCL. While the sequences between them and their characters are captured well, the other characters particularly the woman don’t really have too much to do. And that’s quite sad to be honest as there was a lot of potential.
All in all, this one is not as racy as it sounds. If you are a corporate junkie and in for some boardroom drama, then go for it!
Agastya, the CMO of some big corporate has a major product launch scheduled in 60 minutes and the story starts when Maithili – his mistress walks in with a threat and demands money. Agastya has to keep Maithili a secret from Nandita, his wife, unthaw his rival’s plans and survive the launch. Sailesh is Agastya’s rival and he has plans rolling to jeopardise the launch.
As the title suggests, the whole story unfolds in 60 minutes. A story racing against time is a great concept when written well (think Dan Brown). It should include intrigue, mystery and the final climax should set hearts racing.
Unfortunately the only thing that kept racing as I read this book was my irritation. When writing a book with a set time frame, the backstory has to be told crisply and precisely. This is one of the big issues of the book. The transition between the past and the present were erratic and abrupt. Also in an attempt to be interesting unnecessary twists where thrown and the characters seemed a little lost in the personality department.
I got out to real world with a sense of imbalance. A book with potential ended up as just another Indian author trying too hard to churn out a thriller. I for one will be interested in reading Namburi’s next book (and his debut which I have not yet read) and give him yet another chance.
I received a free copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own
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