A story written with difference has usual but well crafted plot of ambition, love, like and mistake. I decided to drop this book once, at its cover… “soon to be a motion picture”, motion pictures is one of my dislike in literature. But, a master storyteller certainly knows how much is how much. The story with appropriate pace and words arrested my mind and heart for the weekend. Love, prejudice, betrayal, strength, and ultimate winning of great family values seem to be time-tested concept of Indian masala movies. A reading reveals the author kept in mind possibility for a movie and focused in that way on play, pace and dialogue. One good thing, characters speaks themselves not the writer.
It engaged me with real life characters, but… at point to point it connects and disconnects with big names until I realize, it talk about none… a fiction. However, reference of real persons, events and sequence make book interesting and give a real feel to reader. Author has firsthand knowledge of IIM, Banking, Writing and Publishing, it well reflects in the book.
This is story of an extremely successful author who is doing a mistake. She is equally competent young aspiring promising but more ambitious. The story, about relationship, has element of romance, drama and light dose of mystery.
The book has small chapters. Earlier chapters it look like a love and romance but slightly light mystery take shape. Readers seem to know, what may be in background and want to confirm. Interestingly, It happen with perfect pace. When Mystery unfold, it suddenly turn into usual drama and more than just before end, you seems to lost interest as story has some more pages.
This book may also be a utility for younger generation of aspiring storytellers. It unfolds many aspects of writing, publishing, publicity and of course book launch. Book publishing part may be read as a case study for budding writers and others interested in career in publishing industry.
Author did best when it kept the mistake a mistake without any usual justification. However, author seems to typecast the background the girl; either to give some sympathy or justification. However, all this information may be more dramatic. At the end, when mystery unfold, it lost second relationship somewhere in deep-sea, a story which may be also be equally crafted. I am hopeful, in motion picture we may have more to know. Authors and film – makers may keep some mystery for future ventures.
Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Banglore, naturally crafts stories on backdrop of financial services industry. He has Golden Quill Reader’s Choice Award for If God Was a Banker, Economist Crossword Book Award in 2012 for The Incredible Banker and the Crossword Book Award in 2013 for The Bankster.
Book name: The Bestseller She Wrote
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Total number of pages: 391
Cost: Rs 295
ISBN No: 978-93-85152-38-2
Published By: Westland Ltd.
This book is available here.