Book Review- Love, Lies and Layoffs

I read mostly non-fiction, unless a Murakami strikes. Or a Wodehouse. But every once in a while (Old Jungle Saying, like in Phantom Comics), I read something that I picked up impulsively at the airport..just because it looks interesting.

This one is a well-written story of an office romance- utterly predictable, between a guy and a girl at a media house. Office politics is the villain, rather than any one person, that hangs like a cloud over the love-birds. The supporting cast is impressive, from bimbettes to well-meaning alcoholics. Sort of 'Na tum jaano na hum' in prose.

The corporate shenanigans instantly brought in thoughts of the ongoing Tata-Mistry saga that's playing out as we speak. This one's smaller in scale, but interesting nevertheless. One identifies with Frieda, the narrator, which is half the battle won for the author in any story.

Nice read, for its style, realism and wit. My first with Usha Narayanan, the author.


Usha Narayanan said…
Hi, I just came upon this review when searching for something else! I love your fresh take on the book, spiced up with references to current muddles taking place in corporate settings. Thank you for giving my book a dekho when you normally read non-fiction! Please connect on Facebook - and Twitter @writerusha so that I can interact more regularly.
Rajendra said…
You are most welcome, Usha. Will connect on fb soon.

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