Paperback King Aditya Kapoor’s life is straight out of modern man’s fantasy. His literary stardom ids 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?
The Story in short-
Aditya Kapoor, the male protagonist of the story is successful in all true senses of the term. Be it his banking career at the National Bank or his recognition as a bestselling author, he has made himself extremely popular. Even in his personal life, his darling wife, Maya leaves no stone unturned to fill his world with happiness. The couple has a son, a six year old Aryan, the apple of their eyes, thus making their family one of the ideal celebrity families in Mumbai.
On the other hand, the female protagonist is an aspiring writer, who does not like reading Indian authors, craves for literary fiction and stays away from thrillers. She is a final year student at IIM Bangalore, studious, talented, smart, dashing and extremely gorgeous.
The story begins when Aditya, being the alumnus of IIM Bangalore, goes there to deliver a motivational speech on talent and success. In his speech he refers to “books as products” in order to make the audience understand the marketing process of bestsellers and there Shreya, very abusively, throws a verbal punch at him from within the audience. Although they do not share a good rapport in the first introduction (so much like Bollywood masala films where the hero and heroine are at each other’s throats in the beginning), they ultimately become friends through email. In fact, Shreya becomes a fan of Aditya by reading his books for the first time.
The Love story proceeds as Shreya joins Aditya’s bank later as a management trainee. She wants him to mentor her so that she can become a bestselling author. Whether it was mid age crisis or anything else, Aditya finds himself attracted to the beauty with brains (and attitude) and Shreya exploits the relationship to get her first book published.
In the climax, Maya comes to get hold of her husband’s adultery and brings the skies down. Ultimately, he manages to redeem himself and go back to his family, leaving Shreya with her first super hit book and all the glories of being a bestselling author.
My Opinions (On the book) –
Short, crisp and comprehensible, the story has nothing new to offer to the readers. It is just like the script of any Bollywood erotic romance film with some interesting twists here and there. The Climax is good and unpredictable but most of the first half is dragging. It is not what you will call “unputdownable”. In fact, you can let it go at any moment and give your eyes some rest. This is for most of the first half. But the second half of the book catches pace and binds the readers (in this case, me) to the story. Although the end is predictable, I waited for a strong twist as was expected from the title of the book. But, I was disappointed on that. The twist was thrilling all right, but not what you will expect from a romantic novel.
If I have to rate it on a scale of 1-5, The Bestseller she wrote will get a 3 from me and that too because of the language and the information provided for aspiring authors on how to publish their first book. That is quite valuable I think. Otherwise, I should say this is not the author’s best work.
My Opinions (On the Author) –
With this book, Ravi Subramanian tries his hands in romance for the first time and it was a good attempt. He did not fail miserably but that is all it is. It was satisfactory. The characters are nicely etched but very predictable- nothing new and nothing out of the ordinary. The hero is realistic, with both flaws and a strong conscience. His ability to redeem himself is praiseworthy. Yes, you may feel related.
All in all, a good read for the weekend.