Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Bestseller She Wrote - Review

"There comes a point in time when the direction life takes is decided by the choices you make."

This is the first book of Ravi Subramanian that I read. A signed copy of the book sure made me delighted.

About the Story

Aditya Kapoor, the male protagonist of the book, is a banker and a star author. His life is completely balanced with a great wife, a little kid and a perfect career; but only till he encounters the female protagonist Shreya Kaushik. During his visit to IIM Bengaluru, a young student named Shreya Kaushik gets put off by his referring to a book as a product and confronts him. However, later as it turns out, she becomes an avid reader of his books and a great fan of Aditya Kappor himself. Aditya accompanies his friend Sanjay who is the HR head at National Bank for campus hiring process at IIM Bengaluru and because of Aditya’s interest in Shreya, she gets hired for National Bank and gets associated with Aditya’s team. Shreya is an overly ambitious and aggressive girl, who knows working her way through things. She wants to write a bestseller book and wants Aditya to help her with that. As the events take place one after another, Aditya eventually slips into infidelity and lands up in bed with Shreya. What happens when Aditya’s wife, Maya, who trusts him blindly finds out about his extra-marital affair with Shreya? How does he handle the situation? Will he get drifted to Shreya or will he see through the mal-intents of people around him? Will Shreya succeed in reaching the benchmark of a best-selling author? Will Aditya help her in getting her book published or choose otherwise? Will Shreya betray Aditya? Will Maya forgive him?  
Well, the answers to all these questions are contained in the book.

My Review

The Story flows in a manner that it hooks you till the end. Though, sometimes it moves at a slow pace but the characters are carved out well and keep you interested despite of the slow pace. Towards the end, the story picks up pace and a lot is revealed in the final few pages. The language is simple and therefore makes it an easy read. Among the characters, Shreya is kind of most interesting as well as irritating character. Given her family background, She had always been deprived of love. Considering this fact, at some point of time, you feel like giving her a benefit of doubt and may feel bad for her; But in the very next incident, she would do something to make you completely against her. Maya is the most positive and genuine character with a clear head and noble intentions. She is a strong lady capable of taking tough decisions in a dignified manner. As for Aditya, in my opinion, he does not really qualify as a hero. Infidelity was his conscious choice and he lived with this choice for a long enough time. Though, he made amends for his mistakes in the end and he sure deserves some credit for that; but tagging him as a hero is just not done. Infidelity is as much on to him as much to Shreya and may be greater, since he was the one who initiated it, however subtle that initiation may have been.

All in all, the book is a good casual read.

About the Author

Ravi Subramanian is India's numero uno thriller writer, having written seven bestselling books. If God was a Banker (2007) won him the Golden Quill Readers Choice Award. This was followed by I Bought the Monk's Ferrari (2007) and Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011) got him the Economist Crossword Book Award, The Bankster (2012) won the Crossword Book Award, while Bankerupt (2013) got the Raymond Crossword Book Award. God is a Gamer (2014) followed.

Ravi currently lives in Mumbai with his biotechnologist turned banker wife, Dharini and his daughter Anusha.

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