About the author: Upendra Namburi is a sales and marketing professional who has contributed to leading newspapers and online publications. He is on the passionate voyage of writing the numbers triumvirate of novels titled 31, 60 and 8. His debut novel 31, was a bestseller and also on the long list for the Tata First Book award. His second book titled ’60 minutes’ is a unique story that spans a pulsating 60 minutes. He has contributed to Indian and International publications on a wide array of subjects. He is an evolving blogger, ardent dreamer and passionate writer. He resides in Gurgaon, India
Blurb: Agastya, the Chief Marketing Officer of one of the biggest FMCG companies, is ready for the biggest product launch of his career. But things soon spin out of control. In 60 minutes he must do everything he can to save his job and marriage. Maithili is both beautiful and intelligent, but she has never had much luck with love. When Agastya almost crushes her spirit by taking things too far, she must avenge herself. She has only 60 minutes to turn his life upside down. Sailesh doesn’t have an academic temperament suited to corporate rivalry and subterfuge. He has no choice but to retaliate when someone crosses the line. In 60 minutes he must destroy his enemy. A lot is at stake: high profile jobs, reputations, relationships, and marriages. Who is going to come out on top and who will falter? The action unfolds in 60 minutes and leaves readers glued to their seats.
Review: If I had not been asked to write a review of this book, I would not have continued reading more than the first chapter of this book but apart from a review, I was asked to write 15 best lines ( according to me) from the book so it was a forceful read. A glitzy occupation, status, relationships and marriages are at stake in this story. The book has no story at all. The story moves from the past to the recent past to the present and back to the past, hence the confusion. apart from corporate politics and the share market, the story has Unnecessary sex in a very bad manner, with blaring, biting, pushing and thrashing activities, which was disturbing enough as every woman puts up with this nonsense enthusiastically, I really wonder why? The story is supposed to be about rivalry between Sailesh and Agastya, but their stories are miserable enough to put down the book. At 360 odd pages, this book was a drag. The book says “Racy” on its cover but the book was lengthy and boring to death. The book did not to be a page turner for me. The story is set in Mumbai, with a lot of masala, too many characters which made it chaotic and rushy. The book was a major let down.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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