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The Bestseller She Wrote

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  2,476 ratings  ·  424 reviews
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 re
Paperback, First, 391 pages
Published 2015 by Westland Ltd
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Nithya Subramaniam
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This book left me cold and pissed off. If I have a million or whatever readers, wouldn't I at least feel the responsibility of writing a decent book for them in my head? Mr Subramanian has no such qualms. This book is sheer lazy writing. The story offers nothing new.
It is about this douchebag 'Paperback King' (ugh!) supremely awesome rock star author Aditya Kapoor (40-something years old) with a loving (and annoyingly devoted) wife and kid, who wants to boom boom bang this 20-something child/bo
Soumya Prasad
Dec 17, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have heard a lot about Ravi Subramanian and the banker type of books he writes. I have only read his 'God Is A Gamer' before and found it to be an okay book. This is the first time that he has written a book on romance and I wanted to see how a banker interprets love and its varied shades. After reading a few mediocre books by Indian authors that made it up the charts, I thought the market for Indian authors is doomed. But the title of this book intrigued me enough to sign up to review it. It ...more
Vishakha ~ ReadingSpren ~
I skimmed the second half of the book. I just wanted to be done with it soon. I cannot believe I spent money on this pile of garbage. I cannot believe trees were killed to print it.

Why! Why did I ever pick this up!?

In my defence, that cover was pretty. Although now I hate that too. Why are there Caucasian models on it when the protagonists are clearly Indians, god only knows. God and few very racist publishers.

Not only is this novel sexist. It is also stupid. I cannot stand stand a well-done nov
Vinay Leo
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Points in favor:
+ Quick read, mostly engaging because of short chapters
+ Part of the ending reflects the thrill factor
+ Reader gets an idea of the publishing industry
+ Characters with different shades

Points against:
- Clichéd romance, bordering on erotica
- Narration rife with unbelievable/unnecessary events
- Characters & storyline not very memorable
- “Soon to be a motion picture” on the cover is a put off
- Not very thrilling

Not of the same quality as The Bankster, and definitely not looking forw
Vyoma Arunprakash
A mixed review this is going to be... Firstly, when the story took the adultery angle, it failed in its narration to evoke any romance in the reader. I did like the twist but I'd say it was kinna predictable. I really enjoyed the turn of events, the way the protagonist is surrounded by politics all around him and he is caught so bad that it made me anxious while reading that part; a screwed up life on both the professional and personal front... That got me interested and I also liked the way he ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I read this author and to say I was disappointed would be an understatement.

What I did not like:

The characters

Aditya Kapoor is the best-selling author, whose books sell in millions but who hates reading "voluminous" books. Although, we do get to witness streaks of his inadequacy on this account, it is quickly brushed aside to focus more on his allure.

Maya is boringly flawless.

Shreya is a bitch and once again the book reinforces the stereotype that ambitious women can go
Annette mathews
Aditya Kapoor , a banker who also writes thriller novels for a living is more passionate about his books than his banking career since it brings him fame and more money probably more than what he could earn from his job as a banker .It also brings him Shreya , a wannabe author.
Aditya and Shreya does not start off on a good note . On their first meeting , they had a clash of words resulting in an argument.I did not like Shreya from the first second . I knew she was trouble .She was arrogant and
Sreesha Divakaran
Reviewed in detail on Rain and a Book

Lazy lazy lazy. Yawnfest.

Summary: Aditya Kapoor, nicknamed “paperback king”, “rockstar author” and other embarrassing (but seemingly glitzy) things is a 40-something banker and India’s # 1 commercial author. He gives a presentation at IIM-B, his alma mater, where he encounters is insulted by Shreya Kaushik, a student miffed by the fact that Aditya keeps referring to his book as a “product” (I echo her sentiments, by the way). Aditya’s gigantic ego takes
Sowmya's book world
The Book about how to make a bestseller.. (2.5*)

unlike the synopsis says, love, betrayal and redemption i can make it to writing . marketing and selling.

**Spoilers ahead**

I could say he did his attempt to write a thriller and moreover ended up making a bollywood movie script. As the story was told in a very easy manner and i liked the way he was releasing the small small info(clues) in between the chapters which you try to recollect in the climax scean. I liked the way unexpected turn was given
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In his new book “The Bestseller She Wrote”, Ravi Subramanian has told us a story about bestsellers and their glittering world. The plot of the story, his first book on a romantic intrigue, is different than his usual stories based on the theme of banking. This story revolves around two main characters. Aditya Kapoor is a banker turned into a very famous author. He has a balanced yet starry life and a perfect family of a loving wife and a young son. His books are so popular that he gets the fame ...more
Imon Deb
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well ... first 50 page a break and then I finished it in one read . that speaks loads at least for me it does . you don't want to stop turning those pages, the build up is perfect, the detailing , the twists, the suspense , and in no time you are at the end and while you are reading you can't but help smile .
Preethi Venugopala
Reviewing is such a tough job to do. I like reading books for entertainment sake, not for tearing it into parts looking for spelling errors and plot holes. I confess, I am not an ideal reviewer.
Being an author myself I know how difficult it is to write a full-length novel. I admire any book for the sheer determination and hard work that went into its creation. And reviews are like 'manna' for an author. A good review is like the sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day. And some reviewers tend to be
Abhilash Ruhela
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

There can be nothing better than spending your weekend with a book. But when it's a book by one of your favorite authors, it becomes more special. I read Ravi Subramanian's latest book "The Bestseller She Wrote". This is his 4th book that I have read though he has 8 books under his name. I was really excited for this release as it was related with the literary world of India which I have been following very closely from last 6 years. And when it's written by Ravi Subramanian, you know that he i
Around 15 months back, I had read Ravi Subramanian’s ‘God is a Gamer’ and had a line in the review which said, “… a read for person who would like to observe how Indian writing continues to evolve, for the better. Mostly.” Between then and now I have had my fair share of reading (almost 120+ books) which has comprised of both classics and contemporary writing. When I saw that the new Ravi Subramanian book ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ was up for review, I was excited to see if he would be able to e ...more
Uday Kanth
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Ravi Subramanian book, so I had no idea what to expect. And to be honest, I did not quite enjoy what I was reading at first. Sure the little tidbits of insight into the world of authors of publishing was interesting, and I did think the author did a great job at combining reality seamlessly with fiction. What I did not quite warm up to are the characters. This book is no Gone Girl, with characters you loved to hate. Neither Aditya Kapoor nor Shreya came off as particularly inte ...more
Dec 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why does every novel by an Indian author feels like a readymade Bollywood script?

Why do I even bother reading Indian authors when there are so many classics and great books that I still haven't read?

These are the questions, I need the answers to. If you answer the first one, I would answer the second one.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Average at best. The writing was mediocre, the plot wasn't paced well, and a couple of the twists were simply unrealistic. The conclusion was the only thing salvaging this story. In short, I wasn't impressed.
Vinoth Srinivasan
A book full of twists and turns most importantly at the unexpected places. In a long time I have not read a such a fabulously written book ( A romantic thriller). The screenplay is awesome that it would greatly qualify for a movie.
Sagar Bhatt
This book felt more like one of the movie stories. The story feels like a bollywood movie which will grip you, its a chill time read.

Language is super easy and you can easily skim through.
Do not expect any learning as such from the book.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ravi Subramanian sure can write a fast paced thriller. Even if the thriller doesn't have a major criminal plot. Except this book was predictable despite the smart literary devices.

Aditya Kapoor, an IIM author, is hailed as the paperback king of India. Happily married to Maya, a global banking career and supportive friends - he seems to have it all. Till he meets Shreya, a feisty IIM student and an aspiring author who later joins his team as an intern. He gets drawn into an all consuming affair
A kind of book hard to write a review for. If we look at it as a thriller, it is a decent read. Not very bad. Nothing great either. It falters intermittently and kind of redeems itself towards the ending. That happens with most thrillers. It is hard to write a pitch-perfect thriller nowadays because whatever there is to write has already been pretty much written. For a story, the writer has taken aspects from the worlds that he knows well: Banking and writing. About the publishing world, he does ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading this novel I won't ever judge a book by it's cover .

Apart from an appealing cover this book has nothing new to bring on table. The loophole of this story is that the protagonist's deeds portray him as an antagonist. Lack of a good character may bore the reader. In the beginning the book is gripping and a fun to read but as we move on it turns out to be dull and it seems that the story is unnecessarily extending.
At the end the book has a twist but the way twist is revealed it makes
Rakshita Nagayach
The first half is very loose. There's too much description of protagonist Shreya's beauty, too much stress on Aditya's accomplishments. The reader can notice several loopholes throughout the story, including Aditya involving Shreya way too much into his life despite claiming to get over her, Shreya being at every party and gathering, Maya not suspecting even a little of her husband's extra-marital affair, and what not.
The book gathers an interesting pace in the second half. It gets quite grippin
Vedha K
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Not Ravi Subramanian's best... Started hence had to finish it.
Shalini Digvijay
A Book review.

I have been living on a diet of thrillers and murder mysteries for the past month or so. Ruth Rendall and Patricia Cornwell have been keeping my spectacles company, thanks to my friendly neighbourhood librarian. Dr Scarpetta seems to be walking in the ridges of my grey matter.
More words to wander in.

"The BestSeller She Wrote" arrived in the mail a few days back.
So I set my part mouldy, part dog eared books aside to make room for an Indian author. Full attention to Mr Ravi Subrama
Kiran Kumili
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author is a well known star writer from South India, also known as John Grisham of India, who spent most of his professional life in senior positions of Indian national banks, after his management degree from IIM, Bangalore. His previous books have National award winning status. His fans and film producers eagerly wait for his next creation always.


Aditya Kapoor, Director of Branch Banking of National Bank in India, is a successful banker and also a successful writer, as his favour
Varma Ila
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bestseller She Wrote
It was a dream come true to receive an author signed book, ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ by Ravi Subramanian, courtesy by Blogadda for the book review. Thank you Blogadda. I was enthralled, a gift of Blogging. Here is my honest review of the same.

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
Deepak Rao
I had better expectations from Ravi Subramaniam.I'm sorry to say but I couldn't tolerate it beyond 70 pages. Banking on my experience of having read "The Bankster" proved costly. Stay clear of this book.
Kritika Narula
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at So many Books, So Little Time

The book revolves around a bestselling author, who is tempted to sin against the holy ties of matrimony and is demeaned to an infidel soon. The protagonist, Aditya, is double-timing his career with his banking job and his literary pursuits consuming him simultaneously, he pretty soon starts toying with his relationships in a similar fashion.

Aditya goes around, for book-reading sessions, book launches, networking with Bollywood directors aka p
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Ravi Subramanian's latest book - IN THE NAME OF GOD - a thriller, releases on June 26, 2017

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.
He is the award winning author of eight bestselling books :

If God was a Banker (2007),
I Bought the Monks Ferrari (20

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