Not often do you find an author writing a book on the life of an author. Ravi Subramanian’s latest book “The Bestseller She Wrote” does just that. A seamless weaving of a tale of an author told with ease and conviction.
It is the tale of Paperback king Aditya Kapoor’s life. His is 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. On the other hand is 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?
That’s a gist of the blurb. Well, frankly I wasn’t really “wow-ed” reading the blurb. It sure sounded like old wine in new bottle. The book cover too didn’t really do much to impress or catch my attention. In fact I probably would have given this book a miss if I had to come across it in stands. Nevertheless, I did go ahead with it.
So here was yet another predictable beginning. The first few chapters fail to keep you engrossed. I did have a deja vu feeling on having read something similar earlier (though it was the first Ravi Subramanian book I was reading). The progression was slow, until the point where you have read more than 50% of the book. The tale picks on from here and keeps you engrossed. No spoilers here, the twists and suspense thrown in get you going and lead you till the end of the book. So you do end up finishing the book…. hmmmm …..Ok with a smile on your face.
The narration style was on the informal side with no unnecessary cryptic sub plots. A believable portrayal of the main protagonists –Aditya Kapoor and Shreya Kaushik, unlike many other books I have read where the protagonists are made to look larger than life. The uncanny references to real characters in the real world did make me smile (Chetan Bhagat, Rakesh Maria, Ashwin Sanghi).
My thumbs up for:
The element of suspense that kept me guessing (though I got a hitch well before the end)
The writing style- Thank goodness it didn’t seem like a high school essay.
The blend of everyday characters- Perfectly fitted in with no clutter of characters.
My thumbs down for:
The unveiling of the suspense was too immature. Way too Bollywood-ish. He could have worked more on this for a better impact.
Inadequate description of the protagonists shades of grey. Well he probably left it to us to look at their negative side.
The blurb as well as the marketing of the book was suggestive of it being a romantic tale. I however was left to wonder if there was much of romance in it at all. It seemed more of a corporate saga of revenge and redemption, topped with a wee bit of romance.
The Bestseller She Wrote – definitely gets my vote. Decently paced and an easy read.
Book cover appeal: 2/5
Story & narration: 4/5
Suspense Element: 3.5/5
Romance Factor: 2/5
Overall reading experience 3.5/5
Paperback: 392 pages
Publisher: Westland (19 October 2015)
About the Author:Described as the ‘John Grisham of banking’, by the Wall Street Journal, Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, is the author of five bestselling commercial novels—If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012) and Bankerupt (2013)—based on financial crime. Having been a banker himself, he has a unique insight into the industry he writes about and a flair for spinning intricate plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats. His debut novel, If God was a Banker, won the 2008 Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award and, more recently, The Incredible Banker won the 2011 Economist-Crossword Book Award in the ‘Popular’ category. He won the Crossword book award for The BANKSTER in 2012. Ravi lives in Mumbai with his Biotechnologist tuned banker wife, Dharini and his fourteen year old daughter Anusha.