Tamal Bandyopadhyay Manish: Yes I am happy with the outcome. Will need to add a new chapter later on his days in jail and the latest development. The book does not cover the latest part
Tamal Bandyopadhyay Yes, it's tough time for Sahara brand. They need to launch a campaign to rebuild the brand. But one thing we need to remember -- rural India is a different ballgame and that's his playground. Rural people are committed to the group
Tamal Bandyopadhyay Amit: I am told some employees are being transferred but it is not confirmed. No doubt that the Sahara brand is dented and they also need to take a relook at their business model.
Tamal Bandyopadhyay I don't know whether you can call it a scam, in the conventional sense. The money involved is running into thousands of crores -- some Rs20,000 crore
Tamal Bandyopadhyay Nitin: As a journalist I am always curious about the Sahara group. Not much is know about the group because it is largely unlisted. I thought it would be a good subject as many people want to know about Sahara
Tamal Bandyopadhyay Hi Suman, As a journalist, I have been following the Sahara group and its activities for quite a few years now, probably from 2005. But for this book it took me one year to research and complete writing.
Tamal Bandyopadhyay Amit: The biggest challenge was to demystify the group. Here is a business conglomerate which has 4799 establishments under its fold through 10 business verticals, and only four of its companies are listed. It employs some 1.2 million people directly and indirectly, the second largest employer after Indian railways. It was like feeling an elephant.
Tamal Bandyopadhyay Hi Hitansh: There was no pressure while I was writing the book. The pressure mounted after I finishing writing it and the book was ready for release. Even before the book was released the Sahara group moved Calcutta High Court, got a stay on its publication and filed a Rs 200 crore defamation suit against me! Do you call this pressure?
Tamal Bandyopadhyay Narsimha: It's difficult to say. Guess I confused journalism with creating writing. I wanted to be an author. Scope of meeting people and curiosity about things around me made me a journalist
Tamal Bandyopadhyay That's long story- -- can't be told over a chat which allows me only brief interaction. If you read the book, you'll get some sense. It's available from today