Saturday, 13 August 2016

#BookReview ; Corpokshetra by Deepak Kaul

“It’s a Bloody Good Book!” The Pandavas have returned home after 13 years of exile. And they are demanding their stake in Hastinapur Inc. But the Kauravas, led by the haughty Duryodhana, aren’t ready to give them a penny. The battle lines are drawn, only this war is in the present-day Kurukshetra - the corporate boardroom.
As the Kauravas and the Pandavas don their sharpest suits, Krishna - the wily Consultant - strategies for peace. This is a humorous, modern take on the Mahabharata (with due apologies to Rishi Ved Vyas). An epic story retold for the MBA generation.

Corpokshetra is written by Deepak Kaul. A chartered accountant by profession & worked for more than 20 years as an international tax consultant, he returned to India in 2012. His love towards reading got enhanced when he started to work & has continued till date.

The book is a satirical take on the corporate world & the great epic of Mahabharata has been used as a base to create it's environment. All the characters of the mythology have been used in present terms, also the events have been adapted accordingly. Instead of playing the game with dice games like cricket & golf has taken its place in the story. A small intro has also been given of each character so that the reader won't get confused. Such parodies are quite rare & should be encouraged. Pick it up & enjoy!

As it is always said that one of the most difficult job is to retell a famous story & if the story is a great epic like Mahabharata then it makes it even more difficult, but the author has tried his best to do so & have been successful up to an extent. There are many clever portrayal of the events in the mythology with the present time. The title of the book is again genius & the cover is fun too, though it could've been better. The language is quite simple where there is English but the usage of hindi & sanskrit words kind of ruined the modernisation of the story. People in the corporate world would surely enjoy this book the most.

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