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THE GREAT RIP-OFF
By Neel Anil Panicker
“I am afraid we can’t give another 250 million dollars, at least not right now. However, if you were to further offload your stake by 25 per cent, we may consider…”
Sandeep Pranjal, the CEO of Sipkart couldn’t believe what he was hearing. The thirty-three old management graduate son of a regular middle class Indian family knew that he was being stripped off his very own company by this very same man who, as head of global investor firm, JMD Venture Capitalists, had earlier extended him unsecured loans of mindboggling amounts till the last fiscal, a measure that had in no time catapulted his fledgling e-commerce firm into the exclusive entry by invitation only Unicorn Club.
He looked from across the glass-topped oblong table at the man staring back at him from behind gold rimmed spectacles, his silver haired head aggressively cocked to one side, a Premium Cuban cigar clenched between his teeth which had snarled up into a sinister smile. Overwhelmed with disgust at this seedy looking man in pinstriped grey Hugo Boss suit, Pranjal got up and walked towards the exit door but not before turning around to reply, his words a slow whisper, ‘Why just 25 per cent? You take all. I am selling out.’
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