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Akshay Saxena, an out of work editor of a defunct literary magazine in the UK, is told to move to India for a year to help shore up the value of Kalim, an ailing Indian publisher.
Akshay finds himself in a job where he has to do the impossible. Angus Lee, the new owner of Thomson Lee Books, wants at least five bestsellers in the coming year, failing which the business would
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Paperback, 190 pages
Published 2018 by Rupa
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Vishnu Chevli
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is true that if you keep seeing something every day, you will get attached to it or at least your opinion of the same will change over time. The same thing happened to us, though we liked the cover & blurb of the book, we didn't choose it in the first go, due to heavy workload. But as we started seeing this book in our bookish social timeline, we started regrating the decision. It was WrittersMelon who gave us the second chance to read this book & we would like to thank them for providing us ...more
Bookish Devil
To sum up the book, 'Bestseller' is like that Bollywood masala flick which would run housefull on all theatres despite its weak script and poor screenplay by somehow managing to make the audience smile through the forgettable characters' antics.

Plot:

Akshay Saxena is sent to India to turn around 'Kalim', a publishing house after he loses his editorial job and goes broke in London.

Angus Lee, his friend cum owner of Thomson Lee Books presents Akshay with a seemingly-impossible task to accomplish b
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Meera Nair
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
The publishing industry does not garner nearly as much limelight as entertainment industries do. But Ahmed Faiyaz's Indian contemporary fiction, Bestseller, more than makes up for it by adding heaps of glitz and glamour to an intriguing premise. Kalim Publishing is a sinking ship that has been nearly reduced to the position of swatting flies because of the great paucity of titles to be published as well as motivated personnel who could make that happen. Picture a decrepit building in some corner ...more
Aditi Gupta
An amazing plot with an even beautiful blurb wrapped around a piece of crap that this story really is.
Khyati Gautam
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Publishing is an evolving industry in India that is growing by leaps and bounds. It has got its own ways to spread its feet and come up as a mammoth unit. What happens inside is something the common people are always unaware of and this book just perfectly bridged that gap.

BESTSELLER is a light-hearted book containing different parallels running smoothly without messing up the other. It sharply remarks at the inside happenings of the publishing industry in a very humorous tone. It hooked me
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Vanya
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
The book is about an out of job editor in London named Akshay who comes to India looking to revive a moribund publishing house. The hurdles he faces are many as he comes to terms with depleting manpower, no new comissioned books and the added pressure of publishing 5 bestsellers in a span of one year. To add to his vexation is a boss who has a marketing experience in selling everything but books and is a stubborn, linguistically challenged lecher.

Akshay finds an ally in Zorah, his colleague, wit
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Pretty Bibliophile
Bestseller was a great read. And that is the statement I shall begin with.
And the reason I recommend all book lovers to read this, is because this book provides an insight to the entire business that goes behind the publishing of the books.
The book is quite a humourous take on the book publishing industry and has been written in a light style. The author has been able to nicely weave together the intricacies that are wounded around the individuals. The writing style of the author is beautifully
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Solitude and  books
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is witty read that talks about struggles of new authors in the book industry getting published to all the competitions they overcome to play with their luck and become best seller.


A satirical novel that has different characters who add up to the sarcastically funny plot showing the broader view of the Indian publishing industry .


Narration is engaging and lucid.

The characters were captivating.

Divided into small chapters.

Cover is really bright beautiful and the title is uniquely catchy.

It gave
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Ritu Mantri
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a super fast paced, easy, breezy and fun read.
Vandana Choudhary
I picked this book because I wanted to read and know more about the life of publishers. And also because of the attractive book cover and eye catchy title. This book is a true account of life of people who work at publishing house. I used to think that life of publishers is easy and quite interesting too as they get to read lots of manuscripts by different authors and not just this they get to choose which story will see light of the day. But.....Noo.. I was totally wrong. After reading this boo ...more
Akanksha Goel
So this book kept popping up on bookstagram with good reviews. Labelled as witty,hilarious & satirical , I picked it up for some light reading. Just kept waiting on & on for the promised laughs, humour & witty comebacks but boy did they ever arrived. No,sadly no.

The only saving grace about this was that it portrayed the inner workings of publishing industry. All that glitters is definitely not gold. This golden industry does have some hidden skeletons up in its shelf. It's all about delivering
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Meghasi Bhatt
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is about Akshay who is sent to India from England in order to attempt to revive Kalim Publishing, a company that was once at the top but is now in deep trouble.
Akshay is given a year to turn around Kalim’s fortunes but he has his own problems to contend with as he is divorced and in debt. Aided by Zorah and hindered by Tarun, Akshay tries to publish more books on Kalim’s behalf.
The author has vividly depicted the way things work in the publishing industry by way of Akshay’s struggles.
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Dipali Gupta
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bestseller is most colorful book of the year it depicts true shades of people.

As Name says Book already become bestseller,very different plot ,characters are well described and Character of AK ,Roshan,Anya and Zohra kalim is best.

A story that gripping around Publishing industry,writing ,editing,printing and mainly marketting of new books.

Book Cover is perfect and goes with the story.

This book is a story of Akshay Mathur aka AK comes india to join a publishing house Kalim and same day owner of Ka
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Shubhi
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's less of a book, more of a fantasy. An editor comes to India to give a sputtering but prestigious publishing house a new lease of life. And in the process finds a love interest, loads of money, bollywood cred and critical acclaim too.

The writing is bleh, the plot is ridiculous, and yet, it reeks of pretension that would give the most elite of the literati a run for their money. I've never heard of a book editor being featured on page 3 with dedicated gossip columns and fan pages. To someone
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Kamalika Chakrabarty
It took me a while to reconcile that the novel itself was called “Bestseller”. First the title and then the blurb made me more inquisitive to swallow down the pages. A story revolving around the Publishing house Kalim, seaming a bunch of captivating characters, was so well narrated and portrayed that compelled me to finish the book at one go. The blurb reads:
Bestseller in simple term was the story of Akshay Mathur’s struggle to sustain with the protocol of the moribund publishing house and his o
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Raj Nandani
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bestseller.
The title was a vague hint towards the storyline and the content of the book. The cover seemed quirky and promising. The artwork on the cover was quite attractive and it made me curious about the story.

I loved the light and easy writing style of the author. The slight remarks of the protagonist added humor to the story. The story which is presented here is an insight into the working and life of this industry which has always been present amidst us but we failed to understand its int
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Anuradha Sowmyanarayanan
Ahmed Faiyaz is a bestselling author with many books to his credit. The book Best seller presents the hidden complications of the Editor and how a manuscript gets transformed into a book. The steps or the process, the manuscript needs to undergo before it reaches the hands of a reader, the post publishing effects & occupying the best seller list are the major topics of concern in this book. The working style of the publishing industry, its competitors, influence of media, writer’s submissions an ...more
Mehak Asif
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book starts off with Akshay Mathur, a divorcee in his early thirties, who worked as an editor in a UK based magazine, but now he has moved to India, to work with Kalim in his Publishing house, which is on its downfall. Akshay was given a year to revive the publishing house and to publish 5 Bestselling books, or the place will be stripped down.

But, things don't go as he planned, when Mr. Kalim dies an unfortunate death. Akshay was soon made the Head of Editorial team after the demise of Mr. K
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Rutuja Ramteke
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Name: Bestseller
Author: Ahmed Faiyaz
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Rupa Publications .
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Plot: Akshay Saxena, an out of work editor of a defunct literary magazine in the UK, is told to move to India for a year to help shore up the value of Kalim, an ailing Indian publisher. Akshay finds himself in a job where he has to do the impossible. Angus Lee, the new owner of Thomson Lee Books, wants at least five bestsellers in the coming year, failing which the business would be wound up & the story continu
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Deepali Joshi
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kalim publishing had seen better days. There were books that had topped the charts and were considered literary gems. Famous people frequently visited the place. But that was long…long ago. When Akshay Mathur, an out of work editor from the UK, comes to work at Kalim publishing, it was a ship sinking head-first. To make matters worse, chief editor of Kalim Publishing, Iqbal Kalim passes away on Akshay’s first day at his new stint. Angus Lee, the owner of Lee Books which was a major stakeholder i ...more
Rakhi Jayashankar
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To have a bestseller is no cakewalk. It takes a lot of hardwork, extensive promotions, good reviews and moreover a well edited book with a good narration and above a good story. 


"Bestseller" is the story of Akshay Mathur who comes to India from London to take up the responsibility of the sinking ship Kalim Publishers. On his first day of work his boss Iqbal Kalim passes away. The inauspicious editor takes up the responsibility of the firm later along with Iqbal Kalim's daughter Zorah, with whom
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Amit Pamnani
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bestseller gives you the inside peek into the publishing industry. It’s a big eye-opener to a layman to know what goes behind the scenes of a publishing company. It’s a nice book for budding authors to get to know the highs and lows, a publisher might face in his business.
The story is narrated in a simple and easy to read manner, a perfect example of how actually a bestseller should be written. There are no confusing jargons or tough vocabulary which a novice reader might come across and get put
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Aparna Prabhu
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Akshay Mathur, a 34 something divorcee is fired from a UK based magazine. He is forced to work in India at Kalim Publishing that often compromises quality of literature.Things always don't go his way and the supremo of the publishing dies an unfortunate death. The onus is on him to keep the cog in the wheel turning.He is given an ultimatum of placing five books on the best seller charts within a year by Angus Lee who has a major stake in Kalim publishing. Akshay is surrounded by a hoard of colou ...more
Prathibha S
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last read of 2018 for me was amazing. Bestseller is a humorous read revolving around the world of Indian publishing. It is a witty and engaging presentation of the business of books in India.
Our hero here is Akshay Mathur whose book does not do well in the market and ends up being the editor of a struggling publishing house in India. Akshay needs to deliver 5 bestsellers within a year.
I have always thought that being paid to read is the best job in the world. And indeed AK has the best job
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Krutika Puranik
Bestseller
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Publishing industry has always been a fascinating area to me since I admire the work that they do. So when this book came out which promised to give a fictional insight about the happenings within a publishing firm, I knew I had to read it. It was a breezy read which I finished in a day.
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The protagonist is a young man named Akshay Saxena who finds himself in India post losing his job in London. Through a friend he is entrusted upon pulling Kalim publishing house from troubled waters.
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Aishwary Mehta (The_Fugitive_Biker)
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
3rd Book of 2019

Rating - 4.5 Stars

Plot Summary - Akshay Saxena, an out of work editor of a defunct literary magazine in the UK, is told to move to India for a year to help shore up the value of Kalim, an ailing Indian publisher.
Akshay finds himself in a job where he has to do the impossible. Angus Lee, the new owner of Thomson Lee Books, wants at least five bestsellers in the coming year, failing which the business would be wound up.
He has to find a way of making a success out of boo
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Maryann
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bestseller is an unputdownable, laugh out loud funny and gripping book which I enjoyed thoroughly! It's a light and refreshing read and I'd highly recommend it, especially during the holiday season. I have read Ahmed's previous books and he is a very prolific writer. I look forward to reading more of his writing in the future and wish him all the best with this book.
Sruthy Pisharady
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Akshay Mathur takes over Kalim Publications, it was close to being shut and nothing short of a miracle could prevent that. His efforts to create a balance between publishing classic literature and books that might create a connection with the common men, lead to hilarious moments. This book starts off at a really quick pace and soon, a lot of drama unfolds. I do not have direct exposure to the workings of a publishing firm, but as far as I can see from the outside, I think the depiction of ...more
scriblaniac
[ If someone asked me to describe “Bestseller” by Ahmed Faiyaz in one word , i would say “fast’’ ; and bet me !!..i sure wouldn't grope for words at all . Now when i say fast , it is in the context of the amount of time needed to read the book and the rapid successive events in the same . “Bestseller” tries to elucidate in a hazy manner about what goes in a publishing house  and has an evident amateur rambunctiousness about it . The novel has energy but lacks the inspiration . we are never prope ...more
Enakshi J.
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Bestseller’ is witty, light and humorous. Intricate and tight plot, lucid narration and quirky dialogues help make it an entertaining read!
Akshay Mathur is a fish out of water who has to take the reins of an ailing publishing house in his hands and help it remain afloat in the sea of competition. The procedures, the staff and the hidden agendas throw him off his rockers. To add fuel to the fire, his heart refuses to lend support and he falls for Zohra and Aanya, unable to identify the one who i
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Ahmed Faiyaz grew up in Bangalore and now lives in Dubai.

He’s a strategist by profession, with a number of years in management consulting behind him. He’s a book and film addict, and a passionate writer. His first book, Love, Life & All That Jazz…, published in April 2010, remains a popular bestseller across major cities. His stories are also featured in the National Bestseller, Urban Shots

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