2016 - First Book to Read
Can you imagine John Grisham doing a Nicholas Sparks! Well, that’s what Ravi Subramanian’s latest book, The Bestseller She Wrote, is all about. And a real bold attempt at that. The novel is not only replete with references to real authors (Chetan Bhagat, Ashwin Sanghi and their ilk), journos (Poonam Saxena), commissioning editors (Vaishali Mathur), their lives (public and private), but is also pedantic at times (or so I felt). Why authors should/ should not be judging dance shows (a clear reference to Chetan Bhagat)? Or whether ‘a book’ is a product or not (his interviews with popular authors gave him the much needed fodder for that, I guess)? Those times, it does read like a semi-autobiographical text. But otherwise, this book is much like the thrillers he writes: spicy, fast paced, contemporary and unputdownable. Safe to say the author can keep writing romances and who knows very soon we will see him in the league of romance kings and queens of India. I don’t think Durjoy Dutta will mind a bit of competition from his friend;)
Banker turned author Aditya Kapoor has everything that a man can dream of-- a perfect family, fame, a well-paying job, a thriving career as an author, and intellectual glamour, that too. That’s until he meets Shreya, a young ambitious management trainee from IIM Bengaluru (and that’s also Aditya’s alma mater). Aditya is besotted with Shreya (call it middle age crisis, or what you may), she, not quiet. Bent as she is to be a successful author herself, she is driven by a single motive—he is a bestselling author and she wants him to make her one. The Bestseller She Wrote is about clandestine love, deceit, betrayal, loss, sleeze, rejection and dejection. Strongly recommended to readers looking for a change from the usual run of the mill romances (read: high school crushes, college love stories, MBs, fill in the blanks please) flooding the Indian market. There are a few memorable characters in Aditya, Maya and Shreya that are awesome movie material. The book is sure to leave Ravi’s fans mesmerised and wanting for more. A pleasant digression for the readers and the author alike.
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