Double or Quits by Shilpa Gupta narrates the life journey of Jyotsna Singh, an ambitious young girl who sets out to ‘bring the world to her feet.’ I doubted whether I would truly understand or enjoy the book, as I was a novice in the finance and corporate field. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the way things were clarified. I ended up learning quite a lot about IPO, shares, markets and about what an analyst’s job is.
Shilpa Gupta aptly begins the first chapter with an element of suspense, as to what would be the outcome of Jyotsna’s analysis of Sahani Hospitals.
Jyotsna’s days at the IIM, time with her two friends, Richa and Sanchita, stress at campus interviews, and her placement at Clifford and Morrison’s, all have 0dealt with in a fairly engaging tone.
The story goes on to describe the heights to which Jo (Jyotsna) reaches by means of sheer hard work and dedication. Jo is keen on winning the Sahani Hospitals mandate not only for a boost to her appraisal and bonus, but also because the rival company were the ones who had denied placement to our lady. She ends up with the mandate and presumably Mr. Aryan Sahani in her pocket. This paves the way for a turning point in her life. Things happen unexpectedly and Jo’s life turns into a conflict zone. She comes to realize too late that people are not who they seem to be. Friends turn out to be foes and help comes from unexpected quarters. The heights to which she has reached makes her fall even more unbearable. One comes to know the depths to which people can sink just to come up in the business world.
Drawing strength from her mother’s words, Jo turns her negative experiences into surprising positive ones. What remains to be seen is how Jyotsna transforms herself from a busy executive’s life to that of a true human being.
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- The protagonist’s bond with her mother and grandmother, as also with her friends, Richa and Sanchita have been brought out in an endearing manner.
- The amount of deception and rivalry in the corporate world, how even the diligent ones may not be supported by management, have all been well portrayed in the story
- The reader is exposed to the insides of corporate world in such a way that even a lay person can understand the nuances of the business. I particularly liked the way Jo explains IPO to her mother, a part of which is given below.
“So Mom, while earlier only we and maybe our friends would have owned the company, now these new investors too own a part of company through shares of the company. How much they own, depends on the money they have invested. And then after the IPO, once the shares are listed on the stock exchanges, investors can buy and sell shares in the company easily.”
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- The first half does get a bit tedious at times, but the second half keeps us glued to the book.
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- It is intriguing how a diligent workaholic like Jyotsna, who kept away from serious relationships, falls for the charms of Aryan Sahani – maybe that is one of the mysteries of the human heart.
An inspiring tale.
A copy of this book was given me by the author in return for an honest review. Thanks Shilpa.