Saturday, March 2, 2013

Jack Is Back in Corporate Carnival



Cover Price: Rs 150
Format: Paper Back
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 307
Category: Fiction

About the author:

P.G.Bhaskar lives in Dubai with his wife and son. When asked what he does for a living, he sheepishly replies, 'banking'. He loves cricket and quizzes. (Information via Penguin Books India)

Blurb excerpt:

When a former colleague offers Jack Patel and his best friend Kitch a job with a conservative British bank in Dubai, Jack has no qualms about taking it up. Solidity and stability are just what he is looking for.

The Verdict:

When I get a book I always Google it to find out more about the author and some unknown interesting aspects about it. On doing the same with Jack Is Back In Corporate Carnival, I realized that there was another book in the series ie Jack Patel's Dubai Dreams. After reading the summery of the first book, I realized that this might not be a sequel, just a book with the same character. I have to say that I couldn't stop myself from making connections with The Bankster because of the obvious corporate connection. Obviously however, there are pretty different from each other. 

Jack Is Back In Corporate Carnival in a few words is about corporate struggles, family dramas, friendships. You get to see Jack's professional and personal life and experience the roller coaster ride that his life is. From the stingy departments at work to his funny friend Kitch, you will love the book for the one liners and humour that it brings to Jack's life. I haven't read P.G. Bhaskar before, but I do know that through this book his style has been very easy to understand. Of course his humour is pretty amusing along with the constant dedication to keep you awake and wanting to read more. 

'Does my bum look big in this?' Mina asked.

No,' I said quickly. On the verge of celebrating my first wedding anniversary, I was a veteran of twelve months at disposing of such questions. 


The travels from Africa to Chennai are one to watch out for. Jack's annoying and tough clients. I found the 'Zulu' language aspect of it very interesting. Keen to learn the language much? The reality in the relationships displayed with a mix of fiction makes the book very easy to believe and read. Of course the power struggles that are constantly hovering in the corporate world are portrayed well through the book. It claims to be the 'Funniest Book of the Year'. I wouldn't say 'Funniest' but it was pretty funny. With football that affects his bank, helps his friend's brother find true love, insane scenarios with his clients; the author brings out one humourous moment after another and leaves you wanting for more. 

Little details in Jack's life are described with great clarity and this descriptive style of writing gives the author a thumbs up from my side. I did enjoy the little para gliding symbol at the corner of each page descending as you read more. Kitch and Galiya, Jack and Mina are to watch out for along with the witty events that unfold as you turn each page. 

Go catch this book over the week if you want some humour in your life and delve into the   Jack Patel's! 

BUY: Flipkart: Rs 150  Rs 144

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