8 Hours – #Upendra Namburi

Book Title: 8 Hours
Author: Upendra Namburi
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Westland (21 October 2017)
ISBN-10: 9386850044
ISBN-13: 978-9386850041
Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm

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 whole sale process is her old flame, Peter.
Over the course of a single night, 8 Hours to be precise, Aratrika must fight the demons at the gates of her company and those within. It’s a fight to the bitter end.

A fight that Aratrika does not want to lose…

This is the story of Aratrika who id daughter of liquor baron Madhusudhan Reddy who is left with 8 hours to save her company from bankruptcy, A telugu speaking family due to certain consequences their company ends to fall under evil hands , due to Aratrika’s tactical and skillful moves it gets rid of the havoc
Entire plot woven  around a girl who takes the only responsibility to retain back its glory, author was very keen in revolving the story with giving proper importance to every character involved. Within a short span of 8 hours, what life teaches to Aratrika involving the key aspects like love, relationship, power, position, business and evil people is something to look in this book.
The entire story is between 1 AM and 9 AM more onto the business jargon, corporate rules, suspense and unpredictable ending,

Did Aratrika make the company fall as prey to evil minds ?
Does Aratrika fulfil her father deed ?

Answer would be this book which turns out as a nail biting, page turner..!!

My Verdict:
Corporate thriller genres are always a satisfactory read, As the title and cover page brings in curiosity to the readers. This book co-relates with most of the acquisitions that has happen in recent times and every character is beautifully narrated with their respective good and bad motives. This completely revolves around Aratrika  Reddy and her tactful decisions which prevents eventual bankruptcy, Story and plot mostly focuses the foul techniques that may be employed during the acquisition phase and morale and money bribery with ultimate motive is to own by the respective group.
This book can be used as reference material for all the upcoming startup’s and business tycoons in their journey towards merger and ownership bid’s. As this is focused much to business modelling, I took time to understand few terminology to get the actual picture. Few characters may need further improved introduction for better involvement in story line. Initial plot would have improved in such a way, readers will not stop reading this excellent book.

My Ratings:
Book Cover- 4/5 (Beautiful hourglass image reveals this is onto specific timeline)
Story: 3.5/5 (Slow page initially, turns up page turner once it proceeds)
Plot: 3.5/5 (Extra Care needed in character introduction part)
Language & Narration: 4/5 (Typical jargon and few corporate words usage)

As a whole I personally rate “8 Hours – #Upendra Namburi” as 3.5/5 which is one of the bests books in the corporate thriller and suspense genre, this story also proves the importance of TIME when it comes to critical decisions, ends with a beautiful message – “Good intention and Hard work are key to achieve anything in the life

Kiran K Adharapuram

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