The Bestseller She Wrote: Book Review

Sunday, December 27, 2015
Title: The Bestseller She Wrote
Author:  Ravi Subramanian
Genre: Romantic
Price: Rs 295 (You can buy from Flipkart here)
Number of pages: 292
Publisher: Westland Ltd.
ISBN-10: 9385152386
ISBN-13: 978-9385152382

The Blurb:
Paperback king, Aditya Kapoor’s 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 protégé. The Bestseller She Wrote is a combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption.

About the Author:
Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bengaluru, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazingly exciting 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. If God was a Banker won him the Golden Quill readers choice award in 2008. He also won the Economist Crossword Book Award for The Incredible Banker in 2012.  "The Bankster", released in 2012 won him the Crossword Book Award in 2013. In 2014 he won the Raymond Crossword book award for Bankerupt. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Dharini, and daughter, Anusha. (Quoted from his website)

My Review:
I have been a fan of Ravi Subramanian's writing ever since God was a Banker. This is his third book which I have read since God was a Banker, the reviews of other two can be found here: Link. He has been rightly called as the John Grisham of Banking by The Wall Street Journal, however, this book is a slight departure towards the romantic genre. He has touched upon the issue of infidelity and its aftermath. This book also talks about the business of publishing books, starting from the draft manuscript to the final launch covering all aspects of marketing! 

The plot of the story is interesting - the well-known author-banker Aditya Kapoor who is happily married falls for Shreya who wants to be a best-selling author just like him. Initially, I thought it will be a run-of-the-mill story and had already made up my mind against it. However, when I actually got to reading it, I was impressed by the twist in the story. The plot thickens with the build-up for the climax and I could actually guess some part of the climax (being a Sherlock fan I am!). The climax is the most interesting part of the story and does not disappoint you. 

The pace of the story is adequate and does not let you lose interest. I finished the book in just one day with intermittent breaks. The characters are portrayed beautifully and justice has been done to each one of them! They are strong-willed, independent and ambitious and easily relatable to! The climax witnesses a really nice take on adultery being a choice, not a mistake! The journey of the protagonist throughout the story has been portrayed brilliantly. 

Some parts of the story were a drag and could have been edited out as I just skipped some and didn't lose any story!

My Rating: 3 out of 5.
Who will like it: Thriller and romance lovers

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Bajirao Mastani: Movie Review

Sunday, December 20, 2015
Source: News Mobile
So, there was a big dilemma which every hindi movie lover faced this week - which movie to watch? Having just one free day, the confusion grew between Bajirao Mastani and Dilwale. Being a democratic family, we voted and Bajirao Mastani won! Well, it turned out to be a really good decision.

Source: Indian Express
The Story:
Bajirao Mastani is a story of a Maratha Peshwa, Shreemant Bajirao Balaji Bhat, portrayed by Ranveer Singh, who served to the fifth Chhatrapati  Shahu Raje Bhosle of the Maratha Empire from 1720 till 1740. He was married to Kashibai portrayed by Priyanka Chopra. He meets Mastani, born in Bundela Rajput clan to Maharaja Chhatrasal, portrayed by Deepika Padukone and falls in love with her. Bajirao was an excellent warrior and fought 41 battles and never lost in any of them. He is credited with expanding the Maratha Empire in the Northern part of India. The movie beautifully shows Bajirao's journey as a Peshwa and as a guy in love.

My Review:
The movie is based on a real-life historical journey of a Maratha Peshwa with slight modifications to history. Yet the way Sanjay Leela Bhansali has directed the story is brilliant. His way of story-telling is unique that you'll not feel disconnected for even a second. All the three main characters and the family members have been well portrayed. To bring out hatred against a character or love for a character is a director's art! Also, the larger-than-life set-up, the amazing dialogues, the royal clothes -it's all just adds up to form the epic!

Source: Wikipedia
Ranveer has acquired a marathi accent for the movie and it seems real. He has delivered one of the best performances of his career in this movie and done extreme justice to the character of Bajirao. From his entry in the movie to the end of the film, he just kept me in awe! He has joined the list of my most favorite actors! :D Deepika has played the character of a strong willed woman who is an outstanding warrior along with a great dancer! Deepika has become my favorite nowadays. I do not remember a recent film of hers in which I didn't like her. I might not have liked the movie, but she always wins my heart! She has looked gorgeous throughout the film! She has danced wonderfully in "Deewani Mastani" and also stands out in "Pinga". I never took my eyes off her! Well for Priyanka, I really liked her in Dil Dhadakne Do and Quantico, but this movie, I just didn't like her. Maybe it was the character or just her, I couldn't decide that. Deepika and Ranveer overshadowed Priyanka in Bajirao Mastani! 

Just like Bajirao-Mastani, Ranveer-Deepika's jodi just melts your heart! Love them together! :D :D

My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
My favourite Character: Mastani
My favourite Song: Deewani Mastani
Who will like this movie? Anyone who likes to see intense movies!

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