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Book Review – Scammed: Confessions of a Confused Accountant


“Scammed: Confessions of a Confused Accountant” is one among the latest releases from the Grey Oak – Westland stable. Interestingly the author has decided to go with the pen name “Anonymous” rather than his real identity. On seeing that, I presumed the book delved into something really explosive – frauds, scams etc. which may shake the country and may have had the potential to give the author enough sleepless nights. So did it live up to the expectations?

The blurb goes like this –

Life is miserable for Hitesh Shah despite his coveted job in a top accounting firm. Labeled a nerd by colleagues, ignored by women and rebuked by parents, Hitesh cannot resist when offered a lucrative job as the CEO of an offshoot of the failing automobile company, Supreme Motors. So what if the owner Venugopal Reddy, a sleazy businessman with political connections, actually wants Hitesh to fix the company to save his skin? Hitesh’s drive and quest for success helps turn the Company’s fortunes around; he is seen a rising corporate star, he begins dating a model and is pampered by parents.

Championed as the poster boy of emerging India, Hitesh’s fairytale ends quickly. As his cursed luck would have it, he is soon on the run from the law – allegedly as the perpetrator of a financial scam and accused of defrauding thousands of investors! With his back against the wall, and growing public and media opinion against him, will Hitesh come out of the mess he finds himself in?

First things first. The cover of the book is visually appealing and catches your attention almost immediately. The fantastic quality of the printing paper and good font size make you want to turn the pages of the book. The publishers deserve kudos for differentiating their book from the rest right from the cover itself.

Truthfully speaking, the story is nothing much to write home about. But the treatment of the sequences, the language, the characters, the situations all make the reading experience enjoyable. Conniving politicians, career hungry models, an accountant who isn’t afraid to be a little understanding with a sinking organization in return for favours, there is all of it and more. The narrative moves at a steady pace throughout without too much unnecessary diversion from the main points and that shows the editors have done their job well enough.

The book has a few downsides as well. Even after completing the book, I couldn’t really understand why did the author use the name “Anonymous”. Some parts of the story particularly the press reportage and the climax sequences became overtly melodramatic and Bollywoodesque. Payal and Hitesh’s love saga looks poorly defined and forced.

The characters are well defined. Hitesh as the confused accountant is the heart and soul of the story. His irritation at his appraisal in Smith and Donald’s, life as a CEO, his trysts with the politicians and sleazy businessman are all portrayed pretty well. Venugopal Reddy, the hot shot businessman with strong political connections is a conniving and scheming individual who uses everyone including Hitesh for his own purposes. Then there are others like G.Vinod, Mohan, G.S Rao etc. who are the left and right hands of Venugopal. Obviously when they are men who have a mission of their own, how can scheming women be left far behind? Sandra, Sushma and Payal make up the cast.

All in all, a good read while on a journey :).

Rating – 3/5

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4 Comments

  1. Nice and honest opinion.. Good to know there is no favoritism while you write 🙂

    But i think we have had enough of political / fraudsters / confused kind of books. I would just want Indian writers to be taken more seriously on an international level, and for that, they’ll have to come out of the usual and take up the same book but with a different approach. Why not try to better the situation through their words, rather than giving the same politicians-situations-corruption-fraud ruined me kind of books 🙂

    What say?

    • aseemrastogi2

      Yeah true that. Nowadays after the college love stories kind of stuff, we are having a lot many banking, financial, fraudsters etc. kind of books. But yeah this one has a little bit of a different approach though yeah it still targets the Indian audience only. Maybe, the problem is that seeing the audience size in India itself, the authors aren’t that willing to try getting an international fan following which is a very tough proposition altogether. Though yeah if we want to be taken more seriously, we have to move to more interesting topics. With some writers moving into the thrilling space, maybe we are finally seeing the change albeit very slowly.

  2. Dear Aseem, I enjoyed reading this novel a lot. I also enjoyed reading this review. The narrative of this superbly written moves at a real fast speed. Therefore, it’s challenging to write a review of such a flawless work of fiction. In spite of this, I ought to say that you’ve written an honest review. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to reading more posts from you.

    • aseemrastogi2

      Hey Gheta, nice to know that you loved my review. It is a good book but by no means is it a flawless one and I always believe in unbiased reviews.

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