WRITING STYLE: 3/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5
I am sure you all must have heard of the books “Grand Brand Rajini” and “Rajini’s Punchtantra”. These books just like the one in question were written by the bestselling author PC Balasubramanian. The first two being non-fiction, this is PC’s first foray into the world of fiction and having just read it, I can safely vouch for him as a writer with good potential.
The story of “Ready Steady Exit” involves two friends who have completed their CA degrees and thus are now professional chartered accountants. Having done so, Gautam and Anand decide to start a business venture which will deliver high-quality professional finance and accounting services to the companies who do not have the expertise to do so and thus wish to outsource such activities. They soon start their venture and start developing their client base. In the process of identifying new revenue and growth sources, they chance upon a brother-sister duo who come across as very capable and talented.
Gautam and Anand being heavily impressed with them soon decide to induct them into the company and offer them a stake of 25%. But are the new partners really helpful? Will they be able to add value to the business? Will business grow well under their leadership? These are the questions which need to be answered and the answer to all of them lie in this fascinating story of corporate ethics, morals and business practises which also comes packed with hues of humour and adventure along with just the right sprinkle of romance.
This book can prove to be quite insightful for new ventures as it captures the various stages which entrepreneurs go through and the various issues which they have to tackle from time to time. The insights will definitely come in very handy when one decides to walk down the start-up lane. The story is simple but interesting. There are some definite ingredients which make it a classic example of the “masala Indian novel.” There is love trouble, family trouble and then last but not the least there is money trouble, all of these mix up well and offer the perfect cocktail of drama, adventure and fun.
The characters are all relatable and mostly come from the typical middle-class background which makes up for the majority of the Indian population. I don’t know if there is any truth to it but at certain points of time, the story does feel autobiographical and that rubs well with the reader. The story is also inspirational and makes the reader want to get up and get going. The writing style of the author is breezy and fast paced which helps the reader finish the novel in a sitting or two. The best part of the book for me was the ending as 1) It didn’t end on a sad note 2) It leaves the reader guessing and 3) There is scope left for a possible sequel which is always a good thing.
All in all, “Ready Steady Exit” was an entertaining read and I wish to read PC Balasubramanian’s other books as well. I end this review by recommending this book to all my readers and congratulating the author on a job well done.