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60 Minutes Paperback – 23 Jun 2014
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we wash our dirty linen
with sweat and blood
This Haiku preceding chapter four best represents what ’60 Minutes’ is all about. Bloodbath is quite in the corporate world, especially in India, where senior executives and CXOs hunt for prey in rival territories and sometimes in their own.
We’d recommend this book to each reader, irrespective of any corporate background, for you can learn a lot to implement in your lives. That apart, feel the adrenaline rush in a span of 60 minutes!
60 Minutes is a roller coaster ride, which perhaps is the best corporate thriller released this year.
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.
Set up in Mumbai, this novel is a corporate drama where cut throat competition, infidelity, work place politics, performance pressure and everything else is neatly knitted together. There are CXOs Sailesh and Agastya who are rivals and yet appreciative of each other’s strengths; there is Maithali, a successful, financially strong and beautiful woman who adds an oomph factor to the plot. There are bosses and partners from abroad who want things their way and then there is a well-baked narration.
The story is well thought and I liked the detailing in the book. FMCG market and the way it functions, the distribution networks,
Agastya’s obsession with stock markets, and the way the story will relate to anyone who works in a private company is worth mentioning. Simple things like blocking calendar, being on Blackberry messenger and sending emails on the go will resonate with a lot of readers. Knowing that Upendra is a Sales and Marketing professional, it feels good that this is not just some vague research but years of experience talking. You wouldn’t hate if Stephen Hawkins talks about Theoretical Physics, right?
If you have watched the TV show 24, you will find that this novel has a close connection. It keeps going into the past and coming back to the present with every chapter. This kind of narration style works well in movies but when reading a book, I felt the need to go at one shot and know what’s coming next. Having said that, I guess this is experimental and hence kudos for attempting the style. I understand it’s not easy.
The title of the book suggests that the plot must be in the span of 60 minutes, however, you find yourself going into flashback often.
It’s a good weekend read and if you are in the FMCG corporate world you can totally relate to this story.
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