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.
The whole auditorium resonated with applause. Aditya Kapoor, who had been standing in one corner of the stage, walked up to the podium. Holding the stem of the mic, he pulled it closer to his mouth. The emcee who had been using the microphone earlier was a good ten inches shorter than Aditya’s six-foot-something frame. He cleared his throat, an act which he had rehearsed a number of times in the past and spoke into the microphone: ‘Good Evening.’
His deep baritone could make many a woman go weak in the knees. ‘It feels good to be back after fifteen years,’ Aditya carried on. There was an awed silence in the auditorium. ‘Isn’t it surprising that IIM Bengaluru has never invited me to talk about my professional exploits, something for which this institute trained me, prepared me? Instead, you have given me the honour and privilege of speaking to all of you about what I have achieved by pursuing my passion, my dreams.’
He paused and looked around the room. ‘I am here to speak not about what I have achieved, but about what I have enjoyed. Someone once said, “Find what makes you happy and go for it with all your heart. It will be hard, but I promise it will be worth it.” The fact that I am standing here in front of all of you, talking about my exploits, only goes to show that it is, in fact,’ and he again paused and looked around the room, ‘. . . that it is, in fact, truly worth every single minute that I spent pursuing my dream.’
Aditya continued, ‘When I began writing in 2008, it was for my own self. I became a writer, not only to tell a story but to broaden my own perspective. I don’t know whether readers took away any message from my books or not, but for me, writing was a process which left me intellectually enhanced. It transformed my personality completely.’
There was another round of applause.
A confident orator, Aditya went on to talk about his books, the writing process and getting published. The audience listened to him in rapt attention as he talked about his experiences and how he was able to differentiate himself in a crowded marketplace.
‘Every author puts in a fair bit of effort when he or she writes a book. But not everyone markets it well. Remember the easiest part about writing a book is . . . writing the book. The hard work starts once the book is written. The task of marketing the book and bringing the product to the reader is . . .’
‘Product? Rubbish!’ someone in the gathering exclaimed. The voice was loud enough for at least a few in the room to have heard it. Aditya heard it too. Stopping for just a brief moment, he glanced around before moving on. He had been in such situations before. The person who had made that remark was in the minority and could be ignored.
‘Marketing the book and bringing the product to the reader is a very critical task in the entire product life cycle. If you don’t get the product into the buyers’ consideration subset, how will he or she buy it? Isn’t that what they teach you in your two years at management school? In my case, the book is the product and the readers are our consumers.’
‘Balls!’ This time the voice was louder. It sounded out like a whipcrack. ‘It’s a book for god’s sake, not a product.’
Aditya stopped as heads turned. The sound had come from the right hand corner of the auditorium. If anyone had missed it the first time, they were sure to have heard it now.
From where the sound had emanated, stood two young girls. One of them looked quite embarrassed, which was enough for Aditya to confirm that it was the other one who had spoken.
‘Sorry?’ he questioned, upset at being rudely interrupted. ‘What was that?’ The girl had been a bit too loud. Maybe she didn’t realise it, but now, for him, it was a matter of his fragile male pride.
Neither of the girls responded to Aditya’s question. After what seemed like thirty seconds of uncomfortable silence, the girl who had made the comment stood up. All eyes were on her, including those of the outraged academics sitting in the front row.
‘Pardon me, Mr Kapoor, but a book is not a product,’ she spoke up. Despite her ostensible apology for her impropriety, she didn’t need any coaxing to stand up and speak. ‘A book is an expression of an author’s creativity. Do not demean it by calling it a “product”. We respect you as a good writer, as a successful professional and as a senior from our campus, but that does not mean that anything goes.’
A few whispers went up in the auditorium, gradually escalating into chatter.
‘Young lady,’ Aditya began, the quiver in his voice quite apparent. Camouflaging his thoughts had never been his strength. His face had gone red with anger. He was not going to be shown up by a young kid.
‘You are correct, but only partly. A book is not a product when an author is writing it. At that moment it is a dream. It is the purpose of existence for the author. But the moment you put a price tag on it and place it on a shelf in a bookstore, it becomes a product.’
He looked at the others in the audience and after an intentional pause, added, ‘Otherwise why even bother to sell it? Give it away for free.’
I wish I had not written this review…
The Reviewer’s Heart…
“The Bestseller She Wrote”, failed to impress me, especially after the huge expectations I have from the author after reading his previous works. The first impression after reading the blurb was, this book is going to be a good read, but the very thought changed after reading the first chapter. The next few chapters clearly conveyed that Aditya is going to fall for Shreya, despite being a married man and having a lovely son. It did not surprise me, when Aditya kissed Shreya, or Shreya invited Aditya for a “steamy” romance. Well the romance did not appear steamy to me, it was more of a let down.
The chat conversation between the two, the way Shreya played along in the middle chapters were good. The worst part of the book was to make Aditya’s wife suffer from the dreadful disease Ebola and getting cured with the help of Canadian Vaccine. I wonder from when vaccines started curing diseases! Though the climax was bit delayed, still I loved the way the author wrote it.
The story had its own twists and turns, keeping me hooked till the end, but there was no surprise element, at least to me. This book is a quick read. I took three hours to complete the book and one hour to write this review. If you are looking for a quick decent read, then read this book to enjoy the character “Shreya”, whom the author created powerfully.
What I liked?
It was “Shreya” who drove me into the story and kept me hooked till the end. The chat conversation between Aditya and Shreya, the way Shreya played along in the middle chapters, particularly the chapters when she really made Aditya go mad for her, impressed me.
When I read TOI’s prompt from the author, I liked it, and it suited the story well.
What I disliked?
The reader’s heart would tell the story!
Why should one read this book?
If you are looking for a quick decent read, then read this book to enjoy the character “Shreya”, whom the author created powerfully. This book is a perfect script for a Bollywood Movie!
Writing Style: 3/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3/5
Title: The Bestseller She Wrote
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 295 INR
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