Friday, November 15, 2013

Book review: Chapter 11

Here I sit to review this book after a very long time since I received it. Reviewing when you have no time might spoil not alone review but also the hard work of the author. So I waited for the best time to read this worthy book. The blurb which shortly briefs about the whole story says,

Feeling suffocated within the confines of Udaipur, his past and inconsequential job, Virendra Vikram Singh aspires to be a part ofan MNC. However, with dreams having a nasty habit of going haywire, the day he joins his dream company, it files for Chapter Eleven bankruptcy. First of its kind, Chapter Eleven is a bold and honest portrayal of corporate sleaze, dejection, love and self-discovery.

After reading his ‘love is vodka’ which was more about a modern girl, this book “Chapter 11” with the tag line Kissa Corporate Bankruptcy Ka is completely different from that. Only very few books come out with an undeniable fact and this book is one among them. Though the corporate world has become the major part for income nowadays, the clumsy realities of that world that probably no one talks much about is what the author has very boldly written with a good narration. The book starts with how the protagonist VVS enters into the corporate world with his own dreams of going to live a classy life. The day he starts a new life in a very big firm brings a bad news when the company fails for Chapter 11 in which they might have to throw few employees out of the organization. The whole book travels with his fear of being thrown out of the firm. Knowing the readers well, the author has well managed to bring in humor into the story without which the book would have dragged the readers into boredom. His wife’s complicated character is addressed nicely. His family and religious belief is well described. The entry of Ambica changes everything and his relation with her is also narrated beautifully because I thought it would be too sensuous to handle but author kept it very light and real. The author has honestly portrayed a common man’s life who works in corporate world.

Reading two of his novels, I would surely say that he is one among the very few authors who are talented to bring up honest facts of the society into an excellent book. The cover page is well designed which clearly relates with the corporate world. The 353-pages story is published by his home publisher- Vitasta. Though the whole book is all about a serious topic, I found no portion to drag with the narration. The protagonist VVS is neatly portrayed where one can easily imagine him accurately. The only disappointing part was when something related to Ambica became quite obvious at a point of time hence the story became predictable for me since then.

To conclude my review, I would say Mr. Amit Shankar has again done a fabulous job with this book. This is with no doubt a bold and honest portrayal of corporate sleaze. For his brilliant narration and plot I would rate this book with 3.5 stars out of 5. Strongly recommended book for those who work and who are likely to work in corporate world. 

Happy Reading :-)

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