In life you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate ...What would you do if, out of the blue, a billionaire industrialist decided to make you the CEO of his company?
No prior business experience necessary. There is only one catch: you need to pass seven tests from the 'textbook of life'.
This is the offer made to Sapna Sinha, an ordinary salesgirl in an electronics boutique in downtown Delhi, by Vinay Mohan Acharya, one of India's richest men.
Thus begins the most challenging journey of Sapna's life, one that will test her character, her courage and her capabilities.
But are the seven tests for real or is Acharya playing a deeper game, one driven by a perverse fantasy?
From the acclaimed author of Slumdog Millionaire, one of the biggest films of the decade, comes this compelling, suspenseful story about the power of dreams, the lure of money and the universal need to know who we are.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 25/04/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781471113154
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Review by julia.flyte
Sapna is an ordinary girl working at an electronics store in New Delhi. When visiting the temple one day, she meets a billionaire industrialist who tells her that he would like to make her the CEO of his company, but that if she agrees she first needs to pass seven "tests" of character. Sapna is highly sceptical but agrees. What follows is a series of mishaps and adventures, each of which turn out to have been part of the apprenticeship. The story also allows Swarup to touch on many issues in current day India, such as corruption, forced marriages and child labour.This is a fast paced story. Sapna gets through the first six tests, but just when it seems that the final prize might be within her grasp, things spiral rapidly out of control and it turns out that many things and people have not been what they seemed to be.Vikas Swarup is the author of Q & A which became the movie Slumdog Millionaire [DVD] and he plays with the movie's success. The main character of Slumdog Millionaire is referred to a few times as a prominent and very wealthy industrialist, but then at another point in the book, someone is asked if they saw the film Slumdog Millionaire.Ultimately this book - while undoubtably entertaining - didn't work for me. Too many coincidences, too many unlikely characters, no sense of realism. However it is still quite a lot of fun.