In less than 24 hours, I finished the novel ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ by Ravi Subramanian. Because of my busy schedule it took me additional hours to read it otherwise the book is so gripping and interesting that it can be read in merely 4 hours. I find the time to read it because of the personal touch from the author who sent me a signed copy of this novel. What to say more that the author is so humble that he dedicated this book to the readers!
This book is dedicated to all my readers. Especially those who glimpsed their reflections in its pages.
Aditya Kapoor, paperback king had everything name, fame, money, good job and nice family till he met Shreya, young ambitious management trainee from IIM Bengaluru who wished to be a successful author like him. Lots of events took place when their worlds collided and the story moved with a fast pace taking interesting and breath holding turns. It is a story of love, trust, passion, lust, betrayal, rejection and redemption.
Some of the lines that I liked from this novel are as follows:
- I don’t say anything doesn’t mean I don’t notice.
- I hate it when people don’t give a book its due respect – most of all, people who are, or want to be authors.
- He has over 8000 books lying all over his house – on shelves, packed in cartons, some even warehoused. So much so that when you walk into his house you may feel like you’ve walked into a bookstore.
- 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.”
- A book is an expression of an author’s creativity. Do not demean it by calling it a “product”.
- There has got to be a difference between peddling a bar of soap and selling a book. A book is a lot more personal, a lot more involving.
- And as far as marketing my books is concerned – it’s simple. If I spend a year writing a book, I will leave no stone unturned in making sure that everyone knows about it, and buys it. I don’t mind my books adorning bookshelves as long as the bookshelves we are referring to are not in bookshops, but in people’s homes.
- If after reading my book, you hate it, please write to me. I can’t refund your time, but to make up for it, I will gift you ten books of your choice. Think of it as kind of a money-back guarantee.
- Oh …oh…oh…Stop, stop, desi John Green! Stop dreaming. It’s not easy to write. Even if you write rubbish, it takes time, effort and skill. Do you realize that?
- Then why is your face looking like a roasted brinjal?
- Over the last few months she had read and re-read all his books. And here he was, a couple of feet from her, breathing the same air.
- I was living the lives of the characters through your book. That’s the level of association it created.
- I was not reading the story. I was living it.
Ravi Subramanian, the author is an banker who has written books like ‘If God Was a Banker’, ‘I Brought the Monk’s Ferrari’, ‘Devil in Pinstripes’, ‘The Incredible Banker’, ‘The Bankster’, ‘The Bankerupt’ and ‘God is a Gamer’. He has won lots of awards like The Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award for ‘If God Was a Banker’, The Economist Crossword Award Book Award in 2012 for ‘The Incredible Banker’ and The Economist Crossword Award Book Award in 2013 for ‘The Bankster’ and The Economist Crossword Award Book Award in 2014 for ‘The Bankerupt’.
I strongly recommend this book for those who love books and for those who want to be an author.