Writing fiction isn’t that easy, it requires a lot of research, vivid imagination, hold on vocabulary and most importantly a good understanding of various characters. Fiction is mostly imagination, it becomes very crucial to give proper nourishment to that thinking. What the author, Upendra Namburi has done here, he has created a novel, based out of his imagination, amazing characterization and the art of conceptualisation.
Aratrika Reddy, the charismatic CEO of ARYA Holdings Ltd., has just 8 Hours to save her company from certain bankruptcy. The multi-billion dollar hotels to steel conglomerate, founded by her mercurial father, liquor baron Madhusudhan Reddy, has many suitors, all of them plotting a hostile takeover. Aratrika’s estranged husband, Siddhartha is one of them. His inside knowledge is the real ace up his sleeve. The Rathores, the Reddys’ arch-rivals are looking to buy ARYA too and thereby settle old scores.
Aratrika has to weave her way through a litany of lawyers, politicians, bankers, bureaucrats, investors, power brokers and her dreaded family. Behind the scenes, Jagannath Rao, her wily uncle, is playing a dangerous double game of manipulation. Her father Madhusudan is furiously pulling the strings from behind the scenes. To add to the confusion, overseeing the wholesale process is her old flame, Peter. It’s a fight to the bitter end.
What I liked about this book was the characterization of Aratrika. She wasn’t only portrayed as a strong person but also as a leader who has the wisdom of understanding the day to day journey of an individual. The fact that she loathes her father for her broken family, the abuses he hurled upon his own family, and the corrupted way in which her father has built the firm is shown in a very delicate manner. She rose from the ashes left behind by her father’s cruelty on herself, her mother and her brothers. The need to be “not” like her father at the end backfires and she starts realizing that she is becoming like him only. The entire storyline is very gripping, keeping the suspense at the edge. The frustration of knowing what is going wrong basically make things all the worse.
Each individual mentioned in the book have been given its raw characterization which makes it all the more interesting for the readers. I am a person who loves anything and everything related to business politics, economic crisis and the rawness of the business world, this was the reason why this book attracted me. I loved the manipulation shown by Upendra Namburi in his book, I do understand it’s the dark side, but I liked it. The deal that takes place within 8 hours, that too from 1 AM in the night to 9 AM in the morning, keeps every character awake and up on their shoes. Also, this book, 8 Hours, gives a very realistic outlook of what exactly happens in the business and underground world.
Author(s): Upendra Namburi
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