13 November 2014

Review #74: Business Doctors: Management Consulting Gone Wild by Sameer Kamat

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While reading this book, I cannot help myself from quoting my favorite author, Sidney Sheldon's remarkable words:

“Business is a game, played for fantastic stakes, and you're in competition with experts. If you want to win, you have to learn to be a master of the game.”

But for every business to run smoothly, a business consultant is certainly required to keep the business running. Even those underworld businesses require a business consultant sometimes, to keep the money flowing! Yes Sameer Kamat has shown us the first-hand images to the underworld businesses, how they run, what are the wild cards to run such a business and all those nitty-gritty details about the business, in his new book called, Business Doctors. Yeah the name might sound little confusing and out-of-the-box, but this book promises to be quite scary, dark and wild and simultaneously quite hilarious at some times. All-in-all, he gives us to take peek into the world that we dare to think about!

Stephen Woody is an underworld don, whose organization WFB is going down the drain very soon. His organization, WFB, has a number of businesses under its name, mainly casinos at Vegas, adult movie industry, drug-smuggling, kidnapping, etc. But due to the recession and too many competitors around-the-block, Woody's business was drying up at a very fast rate. Listening to his trophy wife, Angie's advice, he had to hire a "Business Doctor", meaning a business consultant, to hold up his business running in California. Enter Michael Schneider, a first-rate Ivy League guy, who runs his own firm of business consultants, Schneider Associates, along with his partner, Martin. They had no idea about WFB, when they were hired, but being professionals and since their business too was going down the line, so they decide to take up this project. They analyze and chalk out plan for Mr. Woody to how to run his business and also Schneider hire new recruits, escaped convicts, to raise 6million dollars in 5 days. But in the end, Schneider's life take huge turn, and finds himself as the new man permanently working for this WFB.

The author has tried to make this underworld business sound so real to us, but it was very fictitious since there were so many loops. And some characters were pretty much useless, like Martin, we never get to know what happens of him or his involvement in an adult movie or about his girlfriend and also those casino heads and adult movie business head! The characterization of Woody was not strong and up to the mark, I don't think underworld dons are so weak and shy and not being so deadly. Instead the author made each of the characters pretty funny, except Angie, she was a dark and deadly character and even the mastermind! According to me, the book is very hilarious at some times, funny dialogues, witty comments, LOL moments, which makes the book pretty easy and thrilling to read. All-in-all, the book is very smooth and written quite flawlessly, seems like the author has a natural flair to pen down his stories, and what kept me on the loop was that, I wanted to see how Schneider completes his challenges thrown on his path every time. Also not-to-worry, there is a bit a forbidden love-making going on around the pages, between Angie and Schneider, which is quite hot and rocking.

Verdict: So this book is certainly very funny and hilarious and you'd definitely, fall in love with the character of Schneider and if want to experience the turmoil faced even in the underworld, then do grab this book for sure.

Courtesy:  A huge thanks to the author, Sameer Kamat, for giving me an opportunity to read his book, and in exchange write an honest review for the same.

Author Info:
Sameer Kamat is the best-selling author of Beyond The MBA Hype and Business Doctors. He is the founder of MBA Crystal Ball & Booksoarus. He completed his MBA from the University of Cambridge and currently lives in Mumbai (India).

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  1. Thanks for reading the book and writing this review, Aditi. Thanks for the 4-star rating!

    1. Thank you so much! It was my pleasure to read your book :-)


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