22 November, 2017

#SpecialFeature :: Books / Writers that inspired me by Ishan Majumdar

*** Special Feature - November 2017 ***

About the Book
Experience the story of Shaina Desai, who finds herself in the middle of a sinister plot to steal her prized invention, which happens to be the principal subject of valuation for a multi-million dollar cross-border investment in what could be termed as one of the most brutal attempts at intellectual property theft in the history of corporate India.

Will she be forced to give up her dream to save her son’s life? Or will she lose him to the ruthless kidnappers?

A tale of professional pride and the heart-breaking choices forced upon the individual, of love and betrayal, and the dark games ruthlessly played in the corporate world, under the veneer of professional ethics…

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Books / Writers that inspired me:

1. Paranoia by Joseph Finder

Widely considered one of the best books on corporate espionage ever written, the story of Paranoia made me realize the immense potential that exists for novels on the field which is relatively untapped if you compare it to detective fiction, murder mysteries and so on. Unfortunately, the movie was unable to do justice to this classic.
Joseph Finder writes almost exactly the same genre (i.e. corporate-crime fiction). His other great works which I love, include Vanished, Buried Secrets, The Fixer and Guilty Minds.

2. The Associate by John Grisham

I picked up this novel at a book store after reading the blurb which was extremely catchy and which claimed that the book explored the world of corporate espionage. I found this interesting given that Grisham, who is essentially known for pure legal thrillers, is exploring this field.
While the book was a decent page turner, it gave me an excellent perspective on Grisham’s writing style (being vastly different from Finder or from my other favorite writers viz. Lee Child and Michael Connelly). I loved how, despite the use of simple language and no complex jargon, Grisham had woven an interesting plot across 400 pages.

3. The Firm by John Grisham

Yes, I hadn’t read this John Grisham classic that catapulted him to fame; not until I finished reading The Associate. Arguably Grisham’s best work till date, the book created a fine balance between the personal lives of the central characters, the elements of crime and those of corporate theft. It acted as an excellent benchmark in terms of plot framing and structuring. I also made sure I saw the film later, which I consider as one of the very few films that does justice to the book.

About the Author
Ishan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Master’s degree in Management from HEC Paris (Grande Ecole). Born and brought up in the suburbs of Mumbai, Ishan went on to complete his graduation from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics and moved to Europe for further studies. He has a rich corporate exposure, having worked in investment banking and strategy roles in multinational companies such as BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole and Danone.
Ishan is fluent in six languages including French and Spanish, as a large part of his working life was spent in France and Spain. He currently works with a venture capital fund based in New Delhi, India.

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