Corpokshetra is a witty take on Mahabharat. The book is
written by Deepak Kaul, co- published by Westland ltd and Bloody Good Book.
The big question is
what makes a book different, as a reviewer I believe the treatment of the
subject. Mahabharat is a complex epic ,with many sub plots running
simultaneously. Weaving a contemporary story ,which is very much relevant in
today’s corporate world, is a feast in itself. Though I would say that
Mahabharat was more dramatic then Corpokshetra. Also too much use of sports,
make the book less interesting. One should be able to understand the
intricacies of golf , to understand the book. I wish the author would have
created more relevant events, which one could have easily related.
This time the Mahabharat is fought in boardroom and not out
on fields. Pandavas return back from Agyatvas ,asking Kaurav to give them their
due share in the company. The kauravas are not ready to let go a single share
of Hastinapur Inc. Pandavas hire Krishna as consultant, to bail them out of the
mess. Krishna seeking a brilliant business opportunity, visit Kauravas and try
to put sense in them. But Duryodhan is not ready to relent. Seeing no other option, Pandavas call for
board meeting to address the situation. Now who all are the board members, no
prize for guessing, they are Bhishm Pitamah, Drona, Karan. Kunti’s excessive
dependency on gin and tonic, give birth to many humorous situations. Her
illegitimate relationship with yesteryear superstar Big C is well crafted. No doubt,
the book is filled with many light moments. The author has done his research
well, to blend the past with the present. The final battle is fought not in the
boardroom but in the playground.
What could have been avoided:
Too much dependency on sports.
Plot gets bit slow and clumsy in the end.
Why should you read the book:
Relevance to modern day