Book Name: 8 Days a week
Author: Niraj Satnalika
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Story in a nutshell:
8 Days a week is a story of Rohan Nanda who is fresh out with his MBA degree and has joined the IFICI Bank as a Sales Manager. Life seemed very interesting to him during his internship peroid at IFICI Bank but it is only during the actual job duration he has the taste of life. The initial days at work appear to be a piece of cake for Rohan. Few months into the job and he learns about the hardships faced by a person into sales. Is Rohan able to cope with the job pressure? Why is the book titled - 8 days a week?
The first thought that crossed my mind when I learnt that this book is about sales and salesmanship is the movie 'Rocket Singh - Salesman of the year'. I had enjoyed the movie and expected the book to be based on similar grounds. The book is divided into 4 parts - each narrating Rohan's condition at his job. The story appears to be a personal account and is narrated in a very casual manner. I had expected some terms about commerce and numbers everywhere. There are numbers and spreadsheets but they are minimal in number (a reason why this book won't be a boring read for people from non-commerce background.)
The story revolves around Rohan, the protagonist and his life as a salesperson. There are many characters in this story - Rohan's college friends, his office colleagues and his room-mates. However, the book doesn't mention anything about his family. I felt that adding a few incidents about his family would have strengthened the plot. The narration is in first person narrative. The language is simple. There have been many occurrences of Hindi words and dialogues. I personally feel that it could have been avoided. It did not prove to give me a good reading experience. Also, the author has provided details of Rohan's daily activities. It could have been presented in a better and more creative way.
We, the public, usually condemn the salesman who visit us. We never give a thought to the feelings of a salesperson. We fail to understand that the guy is doing his job just as we do ours. This book brings out the hardships faced by the salesman and talks about his feelings. It provides you an insight to the life of a salesperson. If you are searching for some light read, you should go for this book. It's a sweet attempt by the author to bring forward the life of a salesman.
My overall rating for 8 days a week is 3/5 stars.
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