The Sales Room by MT Manu Ramesh is a bleak noir novel that that oscillates between cultural ferment and moral squalor telling the dramatic moments, in a city that lives in the contradiction which what used to be a rat-infested hole in the middle of a vegetable bazaar is now a posh, high-tech facility owned by an upcoming Bollywood superstar.
The passionate and compact team firing on all cylinders is swapped through a sclerotic and officious set up as Rajesh Iyer, a youthful, go-getting salesperson, returns to The Sales Room of Oregon Software Technologies following an aborted endeavour at getting into a business school in the US, only to become aware of the transformation of the software start-up which he had earlier been an integral part of.
And it is here between plush corporate boardrooms of Bangalore to the sleazy hotels in Delhi, clubs, casinos, and luxurious restaurants that move his business, a man, made contemptuous by a disability imposed for a snub sector where sales review meetings, once ubiquitous with zealous debates, are now sated with profanities.
Rajesh, now shunted into a bland role finds every attempt made to assuage the condition of the dispirited sales team, met with opposition. As revenues decline and tempers go up, Rajesh spends his days in the company of shady characters, from the busty Polish graphics designer to the garrulous pimp veiled as a taxi driver as the irascible angel investor's yell can be heard all the way from his villa in New York.
He either toes the CEO, Venky's line and becomes party to pretence or quits citing a host of believable reasons with the side-splitting description takes the person, at a time not so far away that even the young people of today remember or have heard of it with the beginning does not betray the ending as the events are connected with great cunning with the feeling of the protagonist as the victim of a system bigger than him.
The story is compelling, the pace. The book encourages you to read one chapter after another in a row as if wanting to finish as soon as possible that describes the environments of years and is also spiced with a good dose of special references, cultural trends, but without them enter with violence in the script. The case described is well studied even though the protagonist is a little just real.
A nice book well structured with full of twists and suspense dosed very well in the right quantity maybe a little excessive in the final exploits, but the book have a surprise on the last part. With his imagination and a prose the author has put together a first-rate noir.
Packed with twists and turns, the well-written book is to be read with relish with a gripping storyline that reads smoothly read with pleasure, at the end almost incredible with the protagonist is not trivial, but well-engineered and complex, amidst an interesting setting. The characters, their motivations, psychological profile, were outlined in great detail.
The theme is not so impracticable and not far from our daily lives with the plot is very well structured, especially for the way in which it develops and presents highly charismatic and dynamic characters real and well described that give the story a lot of narrative tension and startling realism with interesting style, immediate, and dry enough to ensure an immediate experience to the reader.
A dynamic and deep thriller, full of twists and style immediately the pace is relentless, dynamic and enveloping, to which the reader is immediately attentive to detail, surreal and mysterious atmosphere that is stabilized by an immediate style and fresh, full of narrative tension and precise writing, which manages to recreate the smallest detail every situation, starting with unique characters and charismatic.
Overall a good compelling and very fast-paced and engaging read with, the novel is nice, fairly structured and characterized by an excellent representation of the characters and intense personality.
Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 196 ♥ Publisher: Leadstart Publishing ♥ Published: October 2013 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-9382473985