Telling The Untold

When the title of a book says that, it will tell the untold story of a big business conglomerate Like the Shahra India Pariwar, it immediately perks up the readers interest. When the said book starts with a disclaimer by the Business it raises expectations further. Sahara: The Untold Story by Tamal Bandyopadhyay, is one such book.


Non Fiction
Paperback, 412 pages
Published May 29th 2014 by Jaico Publishing House (first published May 19th 2014)
ISBN13: 9788184955460
Edition Language: English
The book tell a story that needs to be told. The narration of it could be better, in terms of keeping the citations of acts and letters as annexures, or listed at the end so as not to disturb the flow of the story. The language used is also full of jargon, that a layman may perhaps not comprehend easily and the jargon is sometimes without even explanations. Its more like a historical dates and events, and could have used a little more of story telling. The hard work and research that has gone into the book shows, and is evident with the number of citations from various sources.
The problem with the book is it reads more like a text book rather than a story. The author has not been able to maintain a balance between the two.  There is a story in there, a story of a man who started a company with a paltry sum in 1978 and did everything that was possible, right or wrong, good or bad  to make it into a powerful business conglomerate. The essence of the story has got lost though.
I would like to congratulate Tamal Bandyopadhyay for his research, and if that is what you are looking for then this is the book to read. On the other hand if you are looking for the untold story, you may still want to read the book but the story may be hard to find. I would rate the book 3 out of 5 stars. its good, but could have been better.
The book has been given to me for review by Jaico India. No payment was taken, and my opinions are honest and unbiased.


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