Book Review: 'The Bestseller She Wrote' by Ravi Subramanian

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Book Review - The Bestseller She Wrote

~Nothing in life is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of his guilt.~

Author: Ravi Subramanian
Publisher: Westland

Price: Rs. 295/-

Genre: Romance     
Rating: 1.5/5 
ISBN- 97893851523828

Getting author-signed books delivered at my doorstep is one of the best things blogging has bestowed me with. Read on, my review of the book, ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ by Ravi Subramanian –

Back Blurb from the book-
He was a bestseller She wanted him to make her one. 
Paperback king, Aditya Kapoor 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. 
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? 
Master storyteller Ravi Subramanian, delves into the glitzy world of bestsellers and uncovers a risky dalliance between a superstar novelist and his alluring protege. 
The Bestseller She Wrote is a combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption.

Plot- The story revolves around the life of a successful Indian Author and Banker, Aditya Kapoor and his number one fan, Shreya Kaushik, a young ambitious management trainee from IIM Bengaluru which is apparently Aditya's alma mater as well.

After a bitter start, Shreya enters Aditya's perfect life and his world spins, for a moment or so.

Aditya is bewitched by Shreya and her, not so much. Shreya is adamant on getting her book published with Aditya backing her and pulls several antics, like sleeping with him, to make her dream come true.

Adultery causes chaos in Aditya's household while Shreya is busy finalising her manuscript. It is when Maya, Aditya's devoted wife is on the deathbed that Aditya realises that he has wronged her by indulging with Shreya, and seeks her forgiveness while deciding that sleeping with Shreya hasn't, in any way, hampered the love for her almost dead wife.

As Aditya puts an end to his adulterous relationship with Shreya, she doesn't take it very well and poses a threat to his writing career as well.

A turn of events brings up Aditya's closest friend and colleague, Sanjay in a situation that might lead to the end of their friendship.

Will Aditya succumb to the threats or manage a way out? Will Shreya's book be a bestseller?

Get a copy and find out for yourself!

  • Fast paced.
  • Short chapters.
  • Predictable.
  • Disappointing Characters.
  • Cheap Romance.
  • Another Bollywood Script.

About the Author:
Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, 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. It is but natural that his stories are set against the backdrop of the financial services industry. In 2008, his debut novel, If God Was a Banker, won the Golden Quill Reader's Choice Award. He won the Economist Crossword Book Award in 2012 for The Incredible Banker and the Crossword Book Award in 2013 for The Bankster. His most recent novel is Bankerupt. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Dharini and daughter, Anusha.
Personal Opinion: I didn't enjoy Ravi's arid attempt at romance. This book was totally PUTDOWNABLE, so much that I put it down after reading every chapter.
This book was another of those Bollywood scripts 'soon to be a motion picture'. *Big Facepalm Moment*

After the bestsellers he wrote, this book can be called as Ravi's attempt to test if anything written in his name sells. The book features several writers from the bestselling clan, including himself.

The only thing I enjoyed reading about was the way Publishing Houses work and how marketing for a book is done. Other than that, this book has nothing for me to enjoy it. The ending was predictable, the male lead is a characterless snub and the female lead is a bad bitch, as she calls herself in the book.

Overall, if you want to read a book for a long long time, this is the one. It is plainly impossible to read this book in one sitting, let alone 10. To aspiring authors, you must take a look at this book. It has proper masala for how to make your book a bestseller as well as how to approach the publishers.

Other than that, pick it up at your own risk.

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December 18, 2015 at 12:17 PM delete

Nice review! This doesn't really interest me; especially with the story :)

December 18, 2015 at 12:40 PM delete

Thanks, Teny! Oh how I wish I hadn't applied for it as well. :(

Hitesh Khatri
December 18, 2015 at 12:46 PM delete

You Nailed it! :D
Btw Nice review though. :)

December 18, 2015 at 12:55 PM delete

Haha, thanks so much Hitesh! :D

December 18, 2015 at 8:45 PM delete

Haha I'm not gonaa read it then.. :D

December 18, 2015 at 11:47 PM delete

Lol.. XD Not reading it either.

December 18, 2015 at 11:57 PM delete

'A test to see if anything with his name sells'...Epic judgment. Now to see if the test bears results in affirmative or negative.
What a shame for literature if the test bears positive results.

December 19, 2015 at 1:05 AM delete

It's more Chetan Bhagat kind of Stuff rather than Ravi .. , Even his last book " if god was a banker " was good .. May be he was hard pressed by publisher himself to get things quickly .. But we can't right him off so soon .. He is a grt author way better than many IIT's , IIM's origin who only writes love stories with tragic ending :)

December 19, 2015 at 5:30 AM delete

Haha, that's your call! :D

December 19, 2015 at 5:34 AM delete

Unfortunately, it has. I've read several 5 star reviews of this book by people marking it as their favorite read of 2015. What a shame! :(

December 19, 2015 at 5:40 AM delete

I don't know what made him write this book, but what he wrote makes me cringe. His last book, God is a Gamer was good but not exceptional. I hope that he either doesn't write Romance or if he does, he does so very carefully.

December 19, 2015 at 7:25 AM delete

I share the same sentiment :-)

December 23, 2015 at 8:39 AM delete

Thanks Raksha, good to know! :D

December 23, 2015 at 10:13 PM delete

Such a detailed review Radhika. Masala is not my preferred genre too, so I'll give it a skip.

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