Tamal Bandhopadhyay
Jaico Publishing House
May 29, 2014
Final Verdict

About the Author

Tamal Bandyopadhyay is the Deputy Managing Editor at a financial daily, Mint. After completing his post-graduation in English Literature from Calcutta University, Tamal began his career with the Times Of India, Mumbai as a trainee journalist. Later, he worked with the Economic Times, The Business Standard, and Financial Express.
Other Works By Tamal Bandhopadhyay
A Bank For The Buck
Anupam Meenrashi
Bandhan: The Making of a Bank (2016)
From Lehman to demonetization: a decade of disruptions, reforms and misadventures
HDFC Bank 2.0: From Dawn to Digital
Roller Coaster: An affair with Banking

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 reader’s 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.

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The book tells 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, which a layman may perhaps not comprehend easily and the jargon is sometimes without even explanations. It’s more like historical dates and events and could have used a little more storytelling. The hard work and research that has gone into the book shows, and is evident in the number of citations from various sources.

The problem with the book is it reads more like a textbook 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 gotten 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 an untold story, you may still want to read the book but the story may be hard to find. It’s good but could have been better.

Jaibala Rao

Jaibala Rao

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