A thrilling romance or a romantic thriller?
It may be a question of semantics but is Ravi Subramanian’s latest book “The Bestseller She Wrote” a thriller or a romance novel? That is the question that strikes you throughout this book that is written in his inimitable style – snappy and quick that makes reading his books such a pleasure.
Ravi Subramanian has the uncanny knack of grabbing your attention even when he writes something as banal as an adulterous relationship. Don’t get me wrong , he is my favourite author who just happens to be Indian, and I do look forward to reading his books. As his heroine Shreya who is heart broken on receiving a rejection from her first publisher says “who really has th right to dismiss an author’s work” ? So please get this straight- I’m not trashing this work – simply reviewing it.
Like most fans of authors I was looking forward to this new book from Ravi Subramanian which this time deals with Aditya Kapoor, India’s best selling author, IIM alumnus , married to a batch mate and working in a multi national bank. Hmmm …. shades of Chetan Bhagat? Or shades of Ravi Subramanian?
But then as Ravi mentions in his dedication, this book is for “all (his) readers who find themselves in his book. Especially those who glimpsed their reflections in its pages”
Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bengaluru, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazinglyexciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India. For Ravi, The Bestseller She Wrote, marks the beginning of a new chapter in his writing. A significant departure from his usual fare, this is Ravi’s first book on romantic intrigue.
So even though this is different from his usual genre of corporate intrigue, it is still based on his area of core competence – IIM and Multinational banking .
Aditya Kapoor, hot shot banker and super successful Indian author accompanies his friend Sanjay to the campus recruitment at IIM Bengaluru simply because he was intrigued and piqued by the irreverent response he got from Shreya , a member of the audience at his previous encounter with the graduating class where his opening address was pooh poohed by her. But it is more than just Shreya’s cheekiness that appeals to Aditya, predictably, she arouses his interest and his hormones as well.
It doesn’t come as a surprise then that Shreya is recruited not only in the same bank but is also assigned to Aditya’s team. Soon Shreya makes it abundantly clear that she wants to become a successful author and has chosen Aditya to help her become one. But what develops later is typically Ravi – twists and turns in what would have been a predictable plot that leave you wondering what is coming next. Does Shreya become a published author? Do Shreya and Aditya go beyond the first kiss? What happens to Maya, Ravi’s wife?
The book deals with corporate intrigue, love, romance and betrayal and I don’t want to be the spoiler so I’ll leave you to find out for yourself.
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