In the times where being an “Indian Author” is more of a risk than an advantage, very few authors have made their mark and found the right balance between writing really good content, creating a niche for themselves and not getting carried away with the new found success.
Ravi Subramnaian is one such author. One thing that I really like about Ravi’s work is his writing style. There’s always a certain pace to his story. Where some authors prefer to invest in chapters to consolidate the characters, the subplots, the twists; Ravi is unapologetically and unabashedly on target. His past books namely If God Was a Banker, I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari, Devil in Pinstripes, The Incredible Banker, The Bankster, Bankerupt and God is a Gamer still command a strong and a loyal reader base. Some other names that need a mention in this category are Devdutt Patnaik, Ashwin Sanghi, Amish and Anand Neelakantan, among others.
The Bestseller She Wrote like all of the past work of Subramanian, has a sense of urgency; right from the word go. Aditya Kapoor (the protagonist) a successful published author with a high profile career in a bank and a happy marriage. When invited to his alma-mater to address students about the world of publishing, Aditya gets into a verbal confrontation with Shreya.
What starts as a rough interaction between a successful author and a skeptical reader transforms into a web of complicated relationships in further chapters. Shreya’s character starts as an ferocious student at IIM Bangalore, who has always aspired to see her name on a best selling paperback. The passion with which Shreya works towards getting published, the tactics she uses, the depths till which her character goes to achieve her goal is sinister and unfathomable. This definitely makes it a relatively unusual plot for a book and hence gives readers something new to try.
One bit particularly that I find in Ravi’s books is the overload of brand mentions. In this book, that phenomenon is further pushed by mentioning names of people working in prominent blog aggregating websites, some key members within a named publishing house in the country and an author who is very famous for his work, as he is infamous for all the negative publicity he gets on social media. At one level, that takes away from the seriousness of the content and makes the situation seem as if it was forced to endorse a particular product or get some leverage by naming people from the industry.
However, many situations in this book make for a really interesting read and made me wonder how much of this book is fiction and how many chapters are recreation from “based on true story” of some other author(s).
In principle, The Bestseller She Wrote is about two authors, but the book is filled with subplots about publishing industry, marriages, friendship, office politics, office romance, cheating spouses, suspense, ebola victim hospitalization and a lot of dramatic incidents. Pick up this book if you’re looking for a pacey ready and want something that keeps you occupied for a few hours, or maybe a couple of days.