The Bestseller She Wrote -Book Review 

I was over the moon when I received the author-signed copy of  ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ for review from Blogadda. Ravi Subramanian is one among my favorite Indian authors and I’ve already read and loved his previous books.

The title is followed by the tagline LOVE. BETRAYAL. REDEMPTION. So I’ve split my review based on these three.

Love..

Aditya Kapoor, an acclaimed writer and successful banker, is in love with his career – both writing and heading the Branch Banking division of National Bank. He marries his college sweetheart and has an enviable married life. Despite middle age creeping on him, he is still smart, handsome and fit. His wife Maya, a banker prior to marriage, gives up her banking job to focus on family. They lead a content life with son, Aryan.

During a lecture in IIM Bangalore, Aditya is interrupted by Shreya Kaushik who questions his choice of words for referring a book as a product and goes on branding Indian authors as rubbish. Though irritated, Aditya subdues her by requesting her to first read his books before judging him. Shreya ends up reading one of his bestsellers overnight and finds herself apologizing to him via email. When Aditya and his friend Sanjay from HR, interview her months later for National Bank, she charms him by  expressing her desire to write a book. After joining the bank, her relationship with Aditya turns flirtatious and slowly they fall for each other based on their common interest towards writing.

Betrayal

So, here comes the betrayal part- extra marital affair – where Aditya goes behind Maya’s back, breaks her trust by falling for Shreya. He helps her in fine tuning her first book and due to her constant push, seeks help from his publisher friends for publishing it. There is, ofcourse, yet another betrayal in the book that is revealed towards the end.

Redemption

What happens when Maya learns the truth? Why Aditya’s life turns downhill all of a sudden? Will Shreya’s book become the bestseller she wants to be? When and how the other betrayal is revealed? All these questions are answered in the final part of the book.

The book is written in very simple English and does not leave much to the reader’s guess. Unlike Ravi Subramanian’s other books, it’s different in the sense it revolves around a love story and has, maybe 20% suspense. There is no money laundering, murder, drug mafia or any of those essentials required for a thriller and maybe that’s why I felt this book was different. So the author has a really tough job in keeping his readers glued (due to lack of above mentioned elements) and therefore felt justified in including in-detail romantic endeavors.

Ofcourse, i hated Shreya Kaushik, home breaker. :@

From the first few pages of the book, I had assumed she will be portrayed as the independent, sassy and career-oriented female protagonist. Which she was not. I wonder who will play her role in the movie.

My Verdict – Not the combustible cocktail as mentioned in book cover, but an easy, light read with more or less predictable story.

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Please find my review here in GoodReads as well..

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God is a Gamer – Book review

What can i say, such a gripping novel indeed, like the back cover says..Loved it 🙂

What is it about

Aditya runs a gaming company that is struggling to break even. A banker slips off a highrise building, plunging to her death. The finance minister has made some promises that he is finding hard to keep. The LTTE has unleashed terror in America that sends the FBI on a wild goose chase, bringing them to Mumbai. Enter Varun, parttime drug dealer and fulltime genius. He turns around the gaming
company before disaster strikes. Meanwhile, the investigators plunge headlong into the shady world of bitcoins and the Dark Net, websites that only exist for illegal transactions—drugs, sex and money. God Is a Gamer culminates in a stunning climax where money means nothing, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems. (Goodreads excerpt)

Honestly, I know nothing about bitcoins. Not till i read this book. And Ravi Subramanian gives you a brief intro to what they are. And in his signature style there are different parts of the story in every chapter and he connects all the dots towards the end. Too many characters, I’m not even sure how to outline the story in a nutshell 😛

A US senator is murdered and the death is soon followed by a phishing scam which affects hundreds of New York International Bank (NYIB) customers in India. While the FBI is hell bent on finding out who killed the President’s closest aide, the phishing scam throws some light into the investigation. The chairman of NYIB, Malvika Seghal ends up dead on her birthday party which is attended by some high profile friends. While the police and media claim it to be a suicide, Malvika’s daughter Tanya Seghal accuses the Finance Minister of killing her mother, as he had been using her for years. Aditya Rao, a legend in the banking industry who had worked for NYIB for years, owns a gaming company Indiscape as well as eTIOS, a BPO which caters to the card operations at NYIB. Varun, his long lost son of his past comes back in his life and soon takes over the gaming business. After Malvika’s death, Tanya and Varun get closer and he helps her get through her loss. The story follows  the who what why and how aspects of the Senator and Malvika’s deaths and how they are connected. (I’ve tried hard not to give away anything anywhere :P)

When there are technical jargon introduced along the story line, the author makes sure, the reader gets an idea of what it is.. like he explains about the TOR network or the bitcoins. The front cover has a tag line ” Is revenge a crime” and the revenge part is not revealed until the anti-climax. The story keeps you guessing who the bad guy is, but one cannot guess how the game is played. Like I said earlier, there were too many characters which makes me wonder were all of them necessary. Also, bitcoins could have been inserted into the story line a little more frequently.

A complicated thriller thrown together with murders, heists, love, treachery and lots of lies. Pick up this book on a Friday night and I’m pretty sure you will not rest without finishing it. After all, Ravi Subramanian is India’s John Grisham of banking 🙂

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Good times ahead..

Well, when things do happen your way, they happen all together I guess.. A whirlwind of events… all good ones..

And I was travelling to and fro to Chennai and home, every weekend, for a whole lot of wedding shopping. My last post about the wedding shopping saw me at a state where I was sulking about nothing wedding-y happening. But that was totally in the past. With the amount of shopping and all related preps, I’m desperate for some peace. That chain of good things – first of which was – parents and the rest of the family warming up to the fact that I’m marrying someone of my choice. Then I got promoted!! Then the stats in my blog started booming (which i hate to admit was because of the Half-girlfriend review.) And then my favorite author’s book was released on Oct, and the pre-ordered copy reached me on time, Also I couldn’t stop smiling from end-to-end when I got a mail to review a book at the exact same time I got the author signed copy of God is A Gamer from BlogAdda. Not to mention the runner up badge i’m flaunting in the blog for the Indiblogger contest. Andddd in 10 days I’m getting married. Phew!!. Too much happiness.. Touchwood!!

  Surprise from Blogadda 

Shopaholic to the stars

 

 

Happily dreaming,

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