THE BEST SELLER SHE WROTE by Ravi Subramanian

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Overview: Aditya Kapoor is a banker turned author. He is a literary gem and is living a balanced yet a starry personal and a professional life. Anything and everything he touches turns into gold. He has everything a man can dream of. Shreya Kaushik is a student who is beautiful, young and ambitious. She is instantly expressive about the ramblings of her mind and loves to chase her dreams. Currently she wants to be a bestselling author. She is one of the top authors but now she wants to be the bestselling one.  One fine day, their worlds come together. Shreya wants Aditya to make her the best selling author. What happens next is for you to find out. Can one person love two people at a given point in time? Can one wisely make a choice between blind passion and ambition? Is it possible to trust someone again after betrayal? Author Ravi Subramanian writes a thrilling piece. He delves into glitzy world of best sellers and uncovers the risky dalliance between a superstar novelist and his alluring protege.

About the author: Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bengaluru, 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. For Ravi, The Bestseller She Wrote, marks the beginning of a new chapter in his writing. A significant departure from his usual fare, this is Ravi’s first book on romantic intrigue.

Review: I have read Ravi Subramanian earlier and when this book was announced I was excited thinking it would be on the same lines of his earlier books. But the moment I realised it is romance genre on which Ravi Subramanian has attempted his latest book, I got a bit taken aback and after reading the book, I was disappointed. He being an experienced banker and his earlier titles were based on banking thrillers/mysteries, this time he could not keep up. I took around 2days to finish the book, keeping other prior commitments in my mind. I do regret reading it. I did not find it amazing as I am used to read international thrillers/mysteries more than romance. Dreams, desires, love, and lust – I found all these ingredients in this book. The story is about Aditya Kapoor (total filmy name), who is an author and once a upon time banker. He has been blessed with a perfect family, fame, a well-paying job, career as an author and all that any man can ever dream about. Then he gets to meet Shreya (a common TV serial character name) – management trainee from IIM Bengaluru which happens to be Aditya’s alma mater (as well as author Ravi Subramanian’s). I suddenly felt though it is of the romance genre, there is no boring routine high school crushes, college love stories, mushy mills and boons. The story has a man’s viewpoint on extramarital affairs, which was an alteration to read for me, as I have read couple of books on extramarital affairs from women’s point. In this it is – a middle-aged guy falls for a woman, goes down with his family and wants to end it all because he loves his wife, he realizes he is being used, yet he is in love with the other woman? What is Aditya – a good guy or the real bad one? Is Shreya wrong or wronged, can she be held responsible? The language of the author Ravi Subramanian no doubt was very simple and easy to understand, for a change I did not consult or have a dictionary along. You can find yourself, myself and all those who want to make a big name in literature but does not know how to and hence end up as struggling writers. As I was reading, the pages and the story was being visualised in front of me, all books do not have this power. The climax was capricious but in sync with the flow of the story. I did not find this book to be totally mind blowing like his earlier books, but the plot, the characters and the dialogues were good. The novel has some real references of – Chetan Bhagat, Ashwin Sanghi, Vaishali Mathur, Durjoy Dutta. I found the basic’s from his earlier books – spiciness, speediness, and modern elements missing. I definitely do not find the author be a challenger to the present Indian romance writers. Personally for me it was a onetime read. I wanted to finish it off quickly but I felt it boring at some places that I had to drag it for long. To all those aspiring authors and others who want to be a part of literary industry, this book is must read. I do appreciate author Ravi Subramanian for taking a huge plunge into a total new genre and I hope he might win hearts from other readers.

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