15 November, 2014

#SpecialFeature :: Readers' & Media Response to The Sales Room by Manu Ramesh

*** Special Feature - November 2014 ***

About the Author
The most vivid memory of R.T. Manu Ramesh’'s childhood is that of changing schools every two years owing to his father’s transferable job as a civil servant with the Government of India. It varied from a convent run by Catholic priests in white cassocks in a small town at one end of the spectrum to residential schools of ochre robed Hindu Sanyasis .He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the reputed RV College of Engineering, Bangalore, India, in 2006 and started his career in the IT industry as a software programmer. He however found his true calling a couple of years later when a dynamic, young, entrepreneur, invited him to join his start-up, Aurigo Software Technologies, as a part of the Sales and Marketing team. The firm was to expand in India in a big way. Playing a crucial role in the company’s growth Manu was instrumental in its foray into the India market and acquisition of first ten customers in India. He now works for an MNC and is based in San Jose, California. He is an avid tennis player and swimmer. He has an ear for music. He enjoys travelling, reading, water surfing and watching movies during free time.

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Sales Room Reviews – Readers and Media 

1. “Rich experiences in a fictional format that is satirical and a page turner with vivid characterization” The New Indian Express

2. “Hilarious page-turner of a book! Unapologetically tacky yet funny one-liners keep hitting you when you least expect it, and you often end up putting aside the book for a good laugh!” Gauravjval Kundu, Reader

3. “Runs like a dairy in the life of marketing personnel. …detailed account of their lifestyle, their pleasures….and above all the camaraderie. Makes for racy reading.” The Hindu

4. “If you are an Young working Indian, this book is a must read. Very beautifully captures the essence of working in an Indian 'Start-up' and its ‘Jugaad’ attitude” Satvik Shahapur, Entrepreneur

5. “Captures every detail of what happens in Sales Teams” Techgoss, the tech grapevine

6. “Youthful account of a salesperson’s life rife with humorous sexual innuendo” Deccan Chronicle 

7. “Very interesting comedy which gives every reader an idea about life at the sales room of a software startup” Vanya’s notebook ,Blog

8. “A very quick racy read – giving us a tongue-firmly-in-cheek look about a start-up based in Bangalore” Bloody Good Blog

9. “The world seldom reads or hears of startups that do not succeed…peek into the world of failing start-ups” The Hindu

10. “Clever ploy to have the ideas spread across the voices of different characters” Deccan Herald

About the Book
Rajesh Iyer, a young, ambitious salesperson, returns to ñThe Sales Roomî of Oregon Software Technologies after an aborted attempt at getting into a business school in the US, only to notice the metamorphosis of the software start-up which he had earlier been an integral part of. What used to be a rat-infested hole in the midst of a vegetable market is now a swanky, state of the art facility owned by an upcoming Bollywood star. The enthusiastic and compact team firing on all cylinders is replaced by a sclerotic and bureaucratic set up. Sales review meetings, once rife with passionate discussions, are now replete with profanities. The ill tempered angel investor's scream can be heard all the way from his villa in New York.Rajesh, now shunted into an innocuous role finds every effort made to alleviate the condition of the demoralized sales team, met with resistance. As revenues dwindle and tempers rise, Rajesh realizes he is running out of time and options. He either toes the CEO, Venky's line and becomes party to a sham or quits citing a host of plausible reasons. This hilarious narrative takes the reader from plush corporate boardrooms of Bangalore to the seedy hotels in Delhi as Oregon meanders in search of illusory customer wins. Rajesh meets several interesting characters ranging from the busty Polish graphics designer to the loquacious pimp masquerading as a taxi driver.

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