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Making of a Bestseller (Book Review - Ravi Subramanian's The Bestseller She Wrote)

The Bestseller She Wrote
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 391
Publisher: Westland Ltd

'The Bestseller She Wrote' is the story of Aditya Kapoor, a famous author, the Paperback King of India, who has it all. A good job, a flourishing writing career and a great family.
Enter, the young, vibrant Shreya Kaushik. Shreya has an ambition of being a bestselling author and she chooses to string along with Aditya.
What follows is a meandering tale of Love, Betrayal, and Redemption.

From the word go, Aditya Kapoor's character has a glimpse of (or more than a glimpse of) the author, Ravi Subramanian.
Aditya Kapoor has managed to keep the masses and critics equally enthused.

I have read two books by Ravi Subramanian before this - 'If God Was a Banker' and 'God is a Gamer'.
This book is unlike either. From what I have read about Subramanian's other books too, it is unlike any other book he has written before this.
Personal relationships reign higher in 'The Bestseller She Wrote'. Although the protagonist Aditya Kapoor works in a bank (the world of banking has played an important role in the previous two books I have read, as is obvious from their titles), his being an author forms the main plot of this story.

I found Shreya's character to be very unrealistic. Her actions were rather erratic and inconsistent.

The 'fictional' story of 'The Bestseller She Wrote' finds mention of many real people. In some cases, their actual names have been used, and at times, the names have been altered so little that it wouldn't be difficult to guess who is being written about.
Reading between the lines takes an all new meaning with such strong hints thrown around.

Aditya Kapoor gives a lot of contentious and cynical advice about the world of writing.

Aditya Kapoor says "Half the people, who have an opinion on current Indian authors, haven't even read them."
I do wonder if it is Aditya Kapoor's thoughts, or Ravi Subramanian's. I think as a reader the search for autobiographical touch from author is expected, since the story is about an author.
An author, who has a bank job, writes thrillers, and defends Indian authors.

The writing of 'The Bestseller She Wrote' is easy to read. The plot has many, and some very unexpected twists. The climax (in keeping with Subramanian's style) is a bit surprise.

©Nimi Arora

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