About the book :
An ordinary corporate executive turns assassin to save his firm from ruin with the help of the master of a secret guild out to revolutionize the corporation…
Sanchit Mishra a.k.a. Sancho is staring bleakly at his performance appraisal form when an invitation from the mysterious Progress in Work Collective lands on his desk. His colleague and confidante, Pause Daniels, urges him to dig deeper. Soon he finds himself sucked into a secret world of anonymous superheroes out to revolutionize the business world by attacking that flawed god it worships – the share market. This parallel life pumps some self-esteem into Sancho, preparing him to do what’s needed when the firm is taken over by a multinational and an ugly industrial relations situation ensues.
The case for the transfer of ownership from shareholders to employees is made through Sancho and Pause’s story in this witty, fast-paced corporate allegory.
My two cents:
As soon as you turn first few pages of the book, you can know the author Arjun shekhar knows “to add” and “how much to add” of humor in his writing. And am glad to say that he does not loses this style till the very end. Sancho is the typical corporate guy, A bit crooked but one with good intentions and ideas ,which are either curbed by the bosses or by lack of opportunity. Pause , his best friend , the all so resourceful and know-it-all lady is one of the best female character I have come across recently. This story belongs to her more than Sancho, who at places come across as really dumb ! what I liked about the book is the absence of any character that was either not needed or not given due place in the whole scheme of the events. The nicknames do get a little difficult to follow in the beginning as much as the general description of usual working in Sancho’s office. but a careful read is all you need to sort that.
As the synopsis indicates , the story plot is based on working of share Market , ownership of any firm , the profits and the losses made , and more importantly, who benefits from all this. Is it all real or a carefully wrapped scam ! some of these questions have been tackled in the book via articles Sancho reads and more in the way the events unfold in the end of the book. But some how you still can not say the book is about share market and a common worker’s role in his work place. That connect / explanation did not go well with me.
I also wished the author had written more about the playshop which Sancho attends and the activities in detail. if that playshop could bring such a change in a guy, I would really like to know how it happened. The discussions that happen there were good to clarify certain ideas but the way that chapter was ended, disappointed me.
Another complaint that I had ( which most people will not agree with , I know ) is the parallel drawn between many events in the book with a cricket match ! Ok, I am no sports fan and not even cricket interests me.
Even if i am still a bit ignorant about share market and why firms sink , I am for sure a bit wiser on way people should work, way I should write my appraisal , or what is needed for people to try new things. some of the lessons shared in the book were not new but the way it was said was. And that did make an impact on me.
This is a book I might not read again as a whole but I have all plans to mark few paras for future read.
Rating : 4/5