Title : Ready.. Steady.. Exit
Author : P. C. Balasubramanian
Pages : 172
Publisher : Srishti Publication
Genre : Fiction
Cover : 3/5
Story : 3/5
Characterization : 3/5
Writing Style & Narration : 3/5
Presentation : 3.5/5
Overall : 3/5
Gautam completed Chartered Accountancy after several attempts and to his luck, landed up with Anand a close friend and brilliant CA, to launch an Accounting Services company named FAB. He finds love in the same profession, without much ado. Can life really be all that simple and straightforward? Can mere accountants build a valuable, visible, scalable and glamorous enterprise that could also grab business from across borders? That’s when Vimal comes in with a delectable package, an impressive consulting profile and his smart and very beautiful sister Ruchi, who agrees to support these starry-eyed entrepreneurs with her marketing acumen. FAB grows but relationship depletes. Some pull the strings, while others become puppets. Should they continue with the current arrangement or exit completely? Ready.. Steady.. Exit is a humorous, dramatic, romantic, enlightening and entertaining read. This story and narrative will inspire every reader, even more so if you are an entrepreneur or a Chartered Accountant or someone associated with financial services.
Every entrepreneur has a story to tell; a bumpy ride to success or sometimes a lesson from failure. ‘Ready Steady Exit’ is one of the tales that consists of a FAB team of Gautam and Anand who takes an unusual path for themselves to try their luck and mix it up with ideas and passion to create the FAB consultancies.
From the first look over the cover, we can have a little glimpse over the idea of the book and the blurb confirms it that the book is about the entrepreneur world and that too focusing, mainly over the chartered Accountancy field.
The story starts with the failures of Gautam in attempts to clear CA. After several attempts he finally clears the benchmark and luckily lands with Anand and thereafter starts the venture named FAB. The author has clearly mentioned each detail and challenges that a newcomer can face while setting up a firm and also have described the way to tackle it. But the story never becomes too boring in this phase of explanation because, it’s fast paced and also some side stories keep on engaging the reader and make him in the loop that he is reading a fiction and not a book on the topic that ‘How to become an entrepreneur’.
Personal life of Gautam was light hearted and was never the major concern in author’s writing. The story basically was divided in two phases and that was the setup of FAB and the entry of Vimal in the story. The climax was where the story actually earned the extra grip over the reader. It was totally unexpected for me as a reader.
Few basic things which I found while reading the book was the author’s interest in Rajnikanth phenomenon and his love with number 5 (Numerology factor, I guess!). As the author himself seems to have experienced what he wrote, some of the quotations of the book were really thought provoking.
Now the negatives of the book. If you are not interested in entrepreneurship and are not from the CA background either, please don’t pick this book. This book is not recommended to everyone. Writing style of the author was not impressive. The storyline was also pretty weak (Except the climax).
The book contains a lot to learn and is written in a way to teach and entertain simultaneously. So before picking the book, so read the blurb. If it interests you, the book will not disappoint you.