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Beaten by Bhagath!: A Tale of Two Writers (English)

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I m sure you can do a much better job than Bhagath! When BB hears these inspiring words from his sexy lady boss, his staid life as a successful analyst in an MNC goes into a tailspin. Bitten by the ego bug and smitten by her, BB sets off on his quest to write a book thats better than Indias greatest writer Dr. Bhagaths blockbusters. Nothing unusual about this for BB, who likes a good fight. Except that he and Bhagath had been classmates and friends at college.

What follows is a roller-coaster voyage of the debutant author and his book, with all its twists and cul-de-sacs. Brushes with publishers, celebrities, retailers, book chains, and competition with the alliances among giants, mark the challengers journey, upping the stakes at every stage. Will BB catch up with his famous friend?What will their encounter be like?Written from inside the ring, Beaten by Bhagath is a gripping tale the first-ever about the unseen side of the wonderland of Indian fiction.

About the Author
S. V. Divvaakar an alumnus of the IIT Delhi, is an international Monitoring and Evaluation specialist and serves on the boards of a few international companies. He is now in the process of a gradual transition, re-balancing his professional work and his creative interests: writing and music. He composes music, sings and plays the key board. His music addresses matters of public interest, such as: Corruption, Delhis traffic, and Commonwealth Games. He writes a blog Life Purpose and Happiness and has now ventured into writing, picking up the genre of realistic fiction. This is his second novel. Divvaakar lives with his wife and son in New Delhi.

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Author S. V. Divaakar
Book Details
Publisher Frog Books
Imprint Frog Books
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9789382473039
ISBN-10 9382473033
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 193 Pages
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Height 5.5" x 8.5" inch
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09 May 2013
A writer's pain

I think 'Beaten By Bhagath!' is a book which can scare off a lot of aspiring authors. What's interesting is- we get to see how a man is punched,pummeled,pushed till his back hits the wall and cannot help but admire the authors who actually 'make it' in the Indian publishing jungle. An author puts his sweat and blood into a book, nurtures it with love and care, watches with affectionate eyes as his baby grows up. Only to have it all dashed by an insensitive and callous publishing machinery which leaves a writer seething with fury and indignation.
The author of this book often compares the...
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I think 'Beaten By Bhagath!' is a book which can scare off a lot of aspiring authors. What's interesting is- we get to see how a man is punched,pummeled,pushed till his back hits the wall and cannot help but admire the authors who actually 'make it' in the Indian publishing jungle. An author puts his sweat and blood into a book, nurtures it with love and care, watches with affectionate eyes as his baby grows up. Only to have it all dashed by an insensitive and callous publishing machinery which leaves a writer seething with fury and indignation.
The author of this book often compares the...
I think 'Beaten By Bhagath!' is a book which can scare off a lot of aspiring authors. What's interesting is- we get to see how a man is punched,pummeled,pushed till his back hits the wall and cannot help but admire the authors who actually 'make it' in the Indian publishing jungle. An author puts his sweat and blood into a book, nurtures it with love and care, watches with affectionate eyes as his baby grows up. Only to have it all dashed by an insensitive and callous publishing machinery which leaves a writer seething with fury and indignation.
The author of this book often compares the work of a writer to prostitution. Where wannabe writers have to strut their stuff, sashay their creativity and put at stake one's dignity and self-esteem to woo publishers, celebrities and media folks to promote their bounty. He rationalizes this phenomenon with a simple phrase- demand and supply. With eleven new books hitting the market every day, a first-time author stands nowhere. He isn't even a needle in the haystack, he is the just the needle eye.
A lot of reviews have mentioned that this book is a must-read for all aspiring authors. I couldn't agree more. Writing isn't easy business. Especially for folks who simply don't write whatever is floating on the top of their minds. They write, edit, re-edit,write again until their creations shape up to their heart's content. It's sad how the publishing model in India doesn't extend much support to these hard-working individuals and in stead seek to make the author run for everything from promotions to arranging a venue for the book launch. One can't help feeling severely disillusioned with the publishers after reading this tale.
Coming to technicalities of the book- simple language, humor jumps off the pages every now and then, never failing to make the reader chuckle. The author had exercised extreme care in using words and a language which has mass-market appeal.
The beauty of this book is in painting the pain of the author in a language which still earns laughs. 5 stars from my side.

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18 Sep 2013
Beaten By Bhagath! - Pleasant Read.

Often we wish we could take on the world with our passion and not with our 9-5 job. Many of us do follow the dream to make it a reality. Success, though, comes to not many.
"Beaten By Bhagath" is about a man's passion to make it big with his writing, albeit a result of his ego and encouraging line from his sexy lady boss, he wants to overthrow the big name K-10; a celebrity author and his friend. Its about the dramatic roller-coaster ride of a debutante writer and his book.

There were times I flowed with the lucid narration while other times I went against it. However, I wished...
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Often we wish we could take on the world with our passion and not with our 9-5 job. Many of us do follow the dream to make it a reality. Success, though, comes to not many.
"Beaten By Bhagath" is about a man's passion to make it big with his writing, albeit a result of his ego and encouraging line from his sexy lady boss, he wants to overthrow the big name K-10; a celebrity author and his friend. Its about the dramatic roller-coaster ride of a debutante writer and his book.

There were times I flowed with the lucid narration while other times I went against it. However, I wished...
Often we wish we could take on the world with our passion and not with our 9-5 job. Many of us do follow the dream to make it a reality. Success, though, comes to not many.
"Beaten By Bhagath" is about a man's passion to make it big with his writing, albeit a result of his ego and encouraging line from his sexy lady boss, he wants to overthrow the big name K-10; a celebrity author and his friend. Its about the dramatic roller-coaster ride of a debutante writer and his book.

There were times I flowed with the lucid narration while other times I went against it. However, I wished hinglish didn't make its cameo; personally I am not much of a fan of it. But looking at the current norm, people might connect to it. Having said that, the candid take on the current variety of books that are in fad is notable. Divvaakar aptly points the reason for the new generation writers opting for very plain conversational style. The little details that penetrate the mind through the chapters hold one's attention throughout.

My rating is 3/5.

0 of 0 users found this review helpful.
★★★★★
★★★★★
16 Sep 2013
BB !

If there were movies which gave you an insight about the struggle of an actor/actress and the happenings in the film industry, then Beaten by Bhagath! A Tale of Two Writers by S.V. Divvaakar is an eye opener about the struggle of an author who wants to create a mark with the power of his pen writing words that can create an impact in a reader's mind.
The story revolves around BB who had been a quality writer and also had been awarded with several praises from his colleague. He plans to try his hands on writing his debut novel whereas on the other hand his college friend K10 was now a well...
()

If there were movies which gave you an insight about the struggle of an actor/actress and the happenings in the film industry, then Beaten by Bhagath! A Tale of Two Writers by S.V. Divvaakar is an eye opener about the struggle of an author who wants to create a mark with the power of his pen writing words that can create an impact in a reader's mind.
The story revolves around BB who had been a quality writer and also had been awarded with several praises from his colleague. He plans to try his hands on writing his debut novel whereas on the other hand his college friend K10 was now a well...

If there were movies which gave you an insight about the struggle of an actor/actress and the happenings in the film industry, then Beaten by Bhagath! A Tale of Two Writers by S.V. Divvaakar is an eye opener about the struggle of an author who wants to create a mark with the power of his pen writing words that can create an impact in a reader's mind.
The story revolves around BB who had been a quality writer and also had been awarded with several praises from his colleague. He plans to try his hands on writing his debut novel whereas on the other hand his college friend K10 was now a well established popular author.
As the story weaves one can find its just not about the struggle but the sacrifices a writer had to make in the journey of getting his/her book published. The hardships and the challenges have been highlighted. Besides the comparisons, the role of family and description of a beautiful bond of FRIENDSHIP and the feelings involved in them have also been beautifully portrayed.
The hunt for the publisher, marketing strategies, the bad world around you and other darker sides are not left in the race of mentioning. The fictional imagination about paperbacks is a proof for author's innovative thoughts. I personally, was touched with the technology description as the story was drawing to the end though I felt the hardhips being too heavily dragged.
Will the author remain successful or become stagnant by falling down while climbing up the stairs. How will BB and K10 react when they come across each other? Do read and find it for yourself!

Happy Reading !!!

0 of 0 users found this review helpful.
★★★★★
★★★★★
16 Jun 2013
An eye-opener for aspiring writers

I am done reading this book in just 3 hours. Its an amazing tale as to how a man working ordinarily in a company dreams of becoming a great and bestseller author. And lately, how he has to face all the rejections, fraud and complexities in life. I, being in this industry for some 2 years, found the book quite realistic. I would say hats off to the writer for attempting something that's risky. And I also liked the little humour thats imbibed in the book. Good work. Though little bit of turn off moments are also there but in all, I would give this book 3.75/5

0 of 0 users found this review helpful.
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09 Apr 2013
Recommended!

Beaten by Bhagath is an entertaining page-turner, one can easily complete it in one sitting.
It is a quick, pleasant read for all the aspiring.new authors who are on their to get published. Its about dream, hopes and struggle of a writer.
BBB gives account of all the dirt of Indian Publishing industry. Its a book about life of a book.
The book reveals quite a lot about ups and downs of an aspiring author.
The author tried to add few humorous elements to the anecdote and i think he succeeded fairly.
Beaten by Bhagath is worth a read.

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Beaten By Bhagath! - Pleasant Read.

Often we wish we could take on the world with our passion and not with our 9-5 job. Many of us do follow the dream to make it a reality. Success, though, comes to not many.
"Beaten By Bhagath" is about a man's passion to make it big with his writing, albeit a result of his ego and encou...
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BB !

If there were movies which gave you an insight about the struggle of an actor/actress and the happenings in the film industry, then Beaten by Bhagath! A Tale of Two Writers by S.V. Divvaakar is an eye opener about the struggle of an author who wants to create a mark with the power of his pen wri... (View complete review)

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An eye-opener for aspiring writers

I am done reading this book in just 3 hours. Its an amazing tale as to how a man working ordinarily in a company dreams of becoming a great and bestseller author. And lately, how he has to face all the rejections, fraud and complexities in life. I, being in this industry for some 2 years, found t... (View complete review)

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A writer's pain

I think 'Beaten By Bhagath!' is a book which can scare off a lot of aspiring authors. What's interesting is- we get to see how a man is punched,pummeled,pushed till his back hits the wall and cannot help but admire the authors who actually 'make it' in the Indian publishing jungle. An author put... (View complete review)

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