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The Bestseller She Wrote : Book Review

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My Copy Of  “The Bestseller She Wrote” from Blogaada

This was my first book of Ravi Subramanian. Before starting with the book, I thought it will be like any other new generation novel, very much like the character Shreya in the beginning! Fortunately, I was completely wrong. The moment I started reading the book, I got glued to it and could not put it down. Mr. Ravi Subramanian, your book was surely “UNPUTDOWNABLE”! There was a kind of addiction till I completed with the entire story. Although a book of approximately 400 pages but it is a very quick read because of the story and language used by the author.

The plot primarily revolves around Aditya, a mid-aged banker cum bestseller author who has a wife (Maya), a six-year old son (Aryan) and a lover (Shreya). The story grows when a happy family man Aditya falls in love with Shreya and betrays his wife Maya and son Aryan. Shreya on the other hand is only ambitious of getting her book published and be in the list of bestseller author. How the life of each character intersect each other and rolls up and down in the storyline is very interesting!

I am not a much of fiction lover but this story was so close to a modern living that anyone can relate to and believe that this is very much possible in today’s time. Further some incidents from the life of real time bestseller authors like Chetan Bhagat makes the character of Aditya more real and creates an element of fun as well.

Things that I liked about the book were: a) The way the author has built up each character in the book and their conversations, it seems the plot was going in front of me and I can see it, I can feel it! b) Secondly, the book is written in very simple language which made the story more real and enjoyable; c) The twist and turn in the story were given at suitable pace. The moment the reader starts making a prediction, there is a turn! I simply loved it. d) The story is so well knit that even a smaller incident is connected to something big in the end. Like the handwritten editing of the manuscript by Shreya initially was a negligible incident but later when she used it for her advantage was an awesome come back in this thriller. Similarly, scribbling on the book and how Aditya connect all the dots in the plot from the hint etc. e) The author has done a brilliant work in bringing out the fact that how a common situation can be perceived differently by two person. The debate between whether a book is a product and has to be marketed like a commodity or a book is a matter of personal interest was a nice read.

However there were few things that I did not like while reading the book like a) the brand name of each and everything the characters are eating or wearing or somehow related in their daily life. The way they do things made it clear that they have an elite lifestyle. Such unnecessary detail kills the story. b) I wanted to know something more about Maya and Aryan who mattered the most to Aditya and eventually to me as well.

By the end of the story, I was in love with the book! It was a great read over the weekend. I will recommend this book to my fellow readers as well and to those who are yet to try the new budding Indian authors.

I would also like to thank Blogadda to give me the opportunity to read and review this book.

PS : I am reviewing ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ by Ravi Subramanian as a part of the biggest Book Review Program for Indian Bloggers. Participate now to get free books!

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Kerala : From Hills To Sea

Kerala was on my travel list from a long time and finally we managed to tick mark the place partially by covering Munnar, Thekkady , Alleppey Backwaters and Kochi.

Kerala is known for its beautiful landscape ranging from hills to backwaters to sea and no doubt it truly lives to its title – “Gods Own Country”. Everything is so beautiful and pure that can hardly be found anywhere else in this world. Far away from noisy sound and smokey air, the pristine land of Kerala brings you close to nature.

We started our 5 day trip from Hyderabad to Kochi. The plan was to reach Kochi by air and then directly head towards Munnar – the Tea Capital of India. It took us around 3-4 hours to drive from Kochi airport to Munnar. On our way to Munnar , we saw the majestic Cheeyappara Waterfalls. Thereafter we visited a spice plantation garden and saw how the famous Indian spices are actually grown and processed. It was a great experience ! By this time it was already dark and we retired to our homestay.

cheeyappara-waterfalls

CHEEYAPPARA WATERFALL

Next day we had planned for sightseeing in Munnar and nearby. The specialty of Munnar is its lush green Tea Garden. The first sight of tea garden was mesmerizing! It was an amazing amalgamation of nature and man’s hard work. As we ascended over the hills the view was getting better to best.The lush green tea garden , the blue sky and the white mist in between was a heavenly experience. There are many water dams, water falls, rose garden on the way to top of the hill where we stopped and clicked hundreds of pictures. My best stop was at Tata Tea Museum which showed us a documentary of Munnar’s history and processing of Tea (from leaves to tea packets). I bought variety of green tea and black tea from the museum shop. This brought an unwilling end to our Munnar visit.

Third day, our next destination was Thekkady. Thekkady is known for Periyar lake and national forest. After a 3 hours drive through the tea  garden and thick green forest we reached Thekkady. There are many spice plantation garden on the way. We had only one day in Thekkady, so we did the famous Periyar Lake Boating, an Elephant Ride, few hours of relaxing Ayurvedic Spa at Shantigiri and an evening show of Kathakali.

On fouth day, we started for our houseboat stay at Alleppey Backwaters. Alleppey is around 4 hours drive from Thekkady. We spent an entire day on houseboat which was an unique and memorable experience. The boat did a cruise in backwaters of  Alleppey where we could see the natural flora and fauna and city settlement on the banks. Looking at people using boat instead of car and bike for their day to day activities was an experience of a kind. In houseboat we were served the traditional Kerala food.

The final day was for Kochi. It took us around 2 hours to reach Kochi from Alleppey. In Kochi we visited the Dutch Palace , Jewish Synagogue, the Chinese Fishing Nets at Kochi Beach, St. Francis Church and ended our day with the sunset at Marine Drive.

With these beautiful experiences we ended our trip to Kerala. The memories we made there will be cherished by us forever.

Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends.

But is played out over and over again in the quietest chamber.

The mind can never break off from the journey

–Pat Conray 

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