Paperback king, Aditya Kapoor’s life is straight out of 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. 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.
The back cover of the book catches the essence…
Coming from a banker & author of great standing, Best Seller She Wrote actually turned out to be a surprise package as Ravi Subramanian is known for the thrillers involving thrill, shrill, shocks, frauds…what not! With this book he treads a different path, the romantic thriller. The book starts slowly but catches pace as you move on. The life of main protagonist, Aditya Kapoor resembles that of famous author Chetan Bhagat, at least to me it looked like that in the initial pages but as story moves on, the semblance melts. His life and character are any woman’s dream, a super-successful professional & celebrated author…who could have asked for more?
But his life takes 180 degree spin when femme fatale Shreya enters his life unknowingly, well knowingly! However it was difficult to absorb that such a celebrated author would fall for the charms and beauty of wannabe author, that too head over heels. Men would be men!
Sherya’s character as an overtly ambitious girl who wants to make a killing with her first book chooses Aditya Kapoor as a ladder to fulfill her ambition but fails to notice the snakes in the game of ‘Snakes and Ladders’. Shreya is beautiful, intelligent, charming, go-getter, effervescent and reckless at the same time. Her charms would make any man go weak in his knees and Aditya was no exception. What happens when celebrated author uses all his might to promote Shreya, his protégé, has been handled quite well by the author. Aditya is gung-ho and helpless at the same time in this relationship. He wants best of both the worlds – the love of his life and the family he loves immensely.
The mentions of real life people like Chetan Bhagat, Nirav Sanghvi of Blogadda, and Poonam Saxena of Hindustan Times lends authenticity. What goes behind the scenes in publishing business is also an eye opener. The most interesting part of the book is when Maya is struck with Ebola virus as lot of research has gone into those pages about the virus.
Coming to Maya’s character who has quit her flourishing corporate career to pursue her passion is quite lovable, is oblivious of her husband’s sexual escapades. A woman who is so well qualified & well placed herself, but her reaction to her husband’s extramarital affair is no different from any ordinary woman. She goes through same pangs like any woman who comes to know that her husband is cheating on her. Her reactions could have been more subtle rather than being so over the top.
Sanjay & Diana make interesting couple and Sanjay as Aditya’s buddy rocks! Sanjay’s character is multi-dimesnional and multi-layered. The affair between Aditya & Shreya is the back bone of the book which is a cross between love & deceit. At many places it is very clearly etched out that Shreya is using Aditya to fulfill her ambition, which he is unable to figure out. Shreya gets too much too soon; the price she paid was too high or was it pittance? The sex escapades between Shreya & Aditya are too explicit, leave nothing to imagination, which is close to reading erotica.
Over all book makes an interesting read.
It is difficult to leave the book in between as you want to finish it in the one go. Having worked in a publishing house, I could relate very well to the nuances used by the author through his protagonist Aditya Kapoor.
Needless to mention, the genre has been handled with élan by the author who is an established name in the industry for his corporate thrillers. You should certainly read to know what happens when worlds of celebrated author & wannabe author 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? Master storyteller Ravi Subramanian has delved into the glitzy world of bestsellers and uncovers a risky dalliance between a superstar novelist and his alluring protégé which readers would love to explore.
Oh yes! Cover Design stands out for its visual appeal.
Indeed, The Bestseller She Wrote is a combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption. Recommended reading but be prepared for something drastically different from the author who is known for writing something drastically different!
• ISIN: 978-93-85152-38-2
• Genre: Romance / Drama / Thriller
• Publishers: Westland Books
• Price: Rs. 295/-
• Author: Ravi Subramanian
• Book Courtesy: Blogadda ( Autographed Copy)
Photo Courtesy: Sanjay Jain