Author: Ravi Subramanian
Paperback: 392 pages
Publisher: Westland (19 October 2015)
About The Book:
He was a bestseller… She wanted him to make her one.
Paperback king, Aditya Kapoor’s life is straight out of a modern man’s fantasy. His literary stardom is perfectly balanced by a loving wife and a spectacular career. With everything he touches turning to gold, Aditya is on a winning streak.
Shreya Kaushik is a student with a heart full of ambition. Young, beautiful, and reckless, Shreya speaks her mind and obsessively chases after what she wants. And what she wants is to be a bestselling author.
What happens when their worlds collide? Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Can real ambition come in the way of blind passion? Can trust once broken, be regained?
Master storyteller Ravi Subramanian, delves into the glitzy world of bestsellers and uncovers a risky dalliance between a superstar novelist and his alluring protégé. The Bestseller She Wrote is a combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption.
About The Author:
Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazingly exciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India. It is but natural that his stories are set against the backdrop of the financial services industry. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Dharini and daughter, Anusha. In 2008, his debut novel, If God Was a Banker, won the Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award. The Incredible Banker won him the Economist Crossword Book Award in 2012
In one word, the book is Remarkable. For those who have already read Ravi’s previous books must be aware that his books always have a twist hidden in the end of them. This one doesn’t disappoints you either. One more thing that can be found common within in his books is the slow start and when the pace gradually rises, hooks the reader completely by the time reader is almost halfway through the book. It then becomes unputdownable. The characters constantly stay in your mind and you can’t resist thinking about it.
The story line is somewhat clichéd with the worlds of the glamorous author and highly-ambitious aspiring author collides and wreck havoc in everyone’s life they touch. It follows the predictable path with a few repetitive scenes until the twists begin to appear taking the reader by surprise. The mentions of name and incidents from the real life make this piece of fiction closer to reality. The tips on making of a bestseller author are subtly well spread in the book and doesn’t seem to be overwhelming but encouraging if the reader happens to be a writer as well. Like his other books, banking also makes its mark in the book fairly well. It perfectly displays the life of a bestseller author, handling the best of both worlds. It showcases that the world behind words isn’t as easy as people often take it to be.
The characters in the book have been well defined. The male protagonist is complete reflection of reality, full of virtues and flaws. Everyone has a dark side and a weak point, which is portrayed through his behaivour when strays onto a darker path. One of the female protagonist displays today’s women who tries to balance out life on both personal and professional front. The other female protagonist exhibits the underlying effects of a flawed childhood. The other characters brilliantly bring out the theme of the theme through the various emotions of love, lust, friendship, agony, betrayal, pain, survival and glamour.
Bottom-Line: A perfect-paced book that gradually begins to rule your mind. If you are a author/to-be-author, you will love it more.
And now I’ll leave you with a few lines from the book…
“The only problem is that the lives they make sense of are other people’s lives, never our own…”
“These days with the younger generation, he knew that for girls, girlfriends were a lot more important than men. Men would come and go; girlfriends stoically remained at each other’s side.”
“The instincts of the wife, when it comes to issues that concern her husband are stronger than those of even the best astrologers.”
“The problem with trust is that if it is broken, then all acts committed by the perpetrator come under the purview of suspicion”
“Nothing in life is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of his guilt”
“The vestiges of the past, unless buried, will always keep cropping up and inject relationships.”
“Nothing in life can put you in an inextricable position unless you yourself want to be in such a position”
“Unlike the courts if law, in matters of relationships, we all don’t look for evidence.. We look for honesty.”
“If we allow others to take advantage of us, we lose the right to cry when they do.”