Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review: Chapter 11 by Amit Shankar

Corporate giants are a mystery entity. There are lot of things hidden behind the shine and the sheen. Many who have tried to raise their voice against the system have bore the brunt of selfish and ruthless managements. Author Amit Shankar in his latest offering 'Chapter 11" talks about one such organization and one such person who is torn between a lot of things. So will this corporate melodrama create a furor? Let's find out.  

Feeling suffocated within the confines of Udaipur, his past and inconsequential job, Virendra Vikram Singh aspires to be a part of an 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.

First look at the title and the cover and the readers can get the feel of a corporate set up novel on cards. The tagline is enough to give an overview of what holds in the book. The blurb talks about one person's ambitions and how it shapes up. It's a short blurb but an effective one not giving much about the plot of the book. 

The story revolved around Virendra Vikram Singh a.k.a VVS who works in a shady web company in Udaipur and dreams of working in a big MNC. His dreams are fulfilled when he joins Comm Tech one of the Fortune 500 companies under the wings of Sandy his senior in college and from there on life takes an ugly turn for him. The company files for Chapter 11 i.e Bankruptcy, his love for his wife Rajeswari diminishes and his newly found love in Ambica the charming PR agency flatmate and one help for his friend Harsh lands up in a big time mess. The whole corporate melodrama and restructuring leaves his chances of doing something good in his life goes for a toss as everything runs on a path of bad. So in the end will VVS be able to fulfill his dreams? Will he remain faithful to his wife? What is the future of Comm Tech? What lies in the future for him? This is what the story is all about. 

The story is a perfect recipe for a corporate sleaze and behind the scenes happening in an organization. There's a lot of drama when the company files for bankruptcy, when VVS's dreams are crushed and when loyalties goes for a toss. There's enough meat in the story to keep the readers hooked to it all the time. The strength lies in the fact that the detailing of the whole working of an organization along with fluid narration. There are a few twists and turns too to spice up the story. Emotions run up very high towards the end which is an added attraction. 

The downside of the book is the predictable Ambica's portion towards the end.The Harsh part was not at all required in the book. 

The book is one roller coaster ride for the readers as it takes you from the shady corporate lanes to the topsy turvy personal life of a professional. The book though weak at some places yet promises a lot of thrill and unexpected happenings and portrayal of reality to an extent. It's a fun ride for the readers. 


4 OUT OF 5

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