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The Bestseller She Wrote – Ravi Subramanian & the casting ouch!


My Short Review:-

392 pages.

If you write any story with the protagonist as a Banker, extra marital affair with colleague & reference to some recent incident based on real life (Ebola in this case), it will be a Ravi Subramanian book.

Aditya’s character’s heavy influence of Chetan Bhagat, Anurag Kashyap’s casual mention, Police commissioner’s role, & functionality of iPhone (last time it was iCloud) are disappointing.

Book is fast paced, as always.

A glimpse into the book:-

Paperback King, Aditya Kapoor, seems to have it all. Not only is he India s hottest and bestselling author, his enormous stardom is perfectly balanced by a lovely home, a loving wife and a stable career in banking. With everything he touches turning to gold, Aditya is on a winning streak. Shreya Kaushik is a student with a heart full of big dreams. Young, beautiful, and ambitious, Shreya speaks her mind and knows what she wants.

What happens when their worlds collide? Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Can ambition come in the way of passion?

The Bestseller… She Wrote is a story of illicit love, destructive jealousy and overriding ambition. As master story-teller Ravi Subramanian delves into the world of publishing and explores an unlikely romance between a bestselling author and his nubile protégé, faces will be unmasked and truths will be revealed. Sit tight and read on… (-Amazon)

The Casting Ouch:-

Farhan Akhtar as Aditya Kapoor


  • I have changed it from Irrfan to Farhan at the last moment due to the background of the character. I think Farhan can do justice to this, as he is the perfect blend of urban, creative & commercial personality.

Alia Bhatt as Shreya Kaushik


  • It has to be Alia, for the first time in a negative role.
  • IIM history

Nimrat Kaur as Maya Kapoor


  • If not her, then this character wont be a memorable one.
  • It this movie was made 10 years back, it would have been Tabu.
  • I also suggest to have a flash back to emphasize on the passionate love story

Rajat Kapoor as Sanjay


  • This guy looks like an HR from top to bottom
  • Polished, and would play the character well.

Rashmi Bansal as Vaishali (Debut)


  • This is completely out of the box, but could be a game changer.

Anurag Kashyap as Anurag Kashyap


Director: Madhur Bhandarkar


  • Who will do it better when it comes down to exposing a particular industry?


I understand that Mr. Siddharth Malhotra is already working on this project.



Confess by Colleen Hoover & The Casting Ouch

Colleen Hoover

My Short Review:-

306 Pages.

This book is ‘Goodreads Choice 2015 Winner’

I found this book very annoying. Owen’s character is well developed (with the concept of confession artist), but completely wasted. Auburn is average. There is lack of chemistry between the two. Loved the artwork (Owen’s paintings)

A glimpse into the book:-

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin – (From Goodreads)

Bollywood Casting Ouch:-

Yami Gautam as Auburn Reed


  • She would definitely be available.
  • Link up with Ranveer Singh would give a boost to the promotion of the film.
  • She is obsessed with fairness & colours.

Ranveer Singh as Owen Gentry


  • He as experience in playing an artist in ‘Lootera’. The last leaf got this for him.
  • Assuming if the movie is released in 2018, that would be the perfect timing for the rumours of break up with Deepika Padukone

Boman Irani as Owen’s Father


  • I was considering ‘Padma Shree’ Anupam Kher first (assuming he would be cheap). He made the following demands when I approached him:-
    • Showcase the works of ‘Modi’, as the film would be releasing in 2018, just before the Elections
    • Owen’s paintings should be on Indian culture with no freedom of expression. Confessions would be censored.
    • Auburn’s character should be a Kashmiri Pandit.
  • Boman Irani laughed hysterically when he came to know about the reason why Anupam Kher was not considered. He is doing the film for free.

Shahid Kapoor as Adam (Special Appearance)


  • I want to see him dead in more films. Fair enough ?

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane


  • This film has no story, and only he can make it interesting
  • It would be easy to get Ranveer on board

Read the following books in Sept 13 & Oct 13

Sep 2013

1. Raiders from the North by Alex Rutherford. 4/5: Story of Babur, very interesting read if you are fond of history
2. Dork by Sidin Vadukut. 3/5: Good Humor, No story. Good read.
3. My Reminiscences by Rabindranath Tagore. 5/5: Poetic, Perfect Read, every chapter is brilliant
4. Brothers at War by Alex Rutherford. 3.5/5: Story of Humayun and his addictions. Interesting at times, battles become repetitive
5. Ruler of the World by Alex Rutherford. 3.5/5: Story of Akbar, all characters of Jodha-Akbar except Jodha are there in this. Includes story of Salim and Anarkali. loved reading it
6. The Tainted Throne by Alex Rutherford. 3.5/5: Story of Jehangir. Might get repetitive and boring. Interesting character of Mehrunissa. 

Oct 2013

1. God Save The Dork by Sidin Vadukut 2/5: Not worth reading if you have read the first book.(Available at BookHook)
2. The Broker by John Grisham 3/5: Loved the plot and enjoyed the book thoroughly. Climax is a bit disappointing. Loved the character of Joel Backman (Available at BookHook)
3. Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson 3.5/5: Love Story which reminds you of PS I Love You. These are the letters written by Sam to Jennifer about her secret love affair. Meanwhile Jennifer falls in love with Brenden.(Available at BookHook)
4. Blood Memory by Greg Iles 4/5 – Just loved reading this. Dark, Disturbing, Thrilling story about sexual abuse & murders! Enjoyed it thoroughly! (Available at BookHook)
5. The Murder Artist by John Case 4/5 – A Father investigates the case of his missing twins. If you are into reading the suspense stories, this one is a must for you.(Available at BookHook)
6. The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith 4/5 – Precious Ramotswe starts a Detective Agency and comes across many interesting cases. Fun read.(Available at BookHook)
7. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin 6/5 – Rating is enough to recommend. 
8. The King of Good Times by Harish Maiya 1/5 – Pathetic book about the life of Dr. Mallya
9. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan 3/5 – A book for teenagers! I read it because I wanted to read about the Greek Gods without getting bored.
10. Anthem by Ayn Rand 3/5 – The book about Collectivism, Equality, Human Identity and Freedom.



Books of July & August 2013!

Read many books in the last 2 months. Following is the list:-

  1. Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim: Reco for Mgmt related ppl
  2. The Confession by John Grisham: A bit boring towards the end
  3. Granta 80: The Group: Interesting stories, worth a read
  4. Bombay Rains, Bombay Girls by Anirban Bose: Time Pass book, read if you have nothing better to read
  5. The Racketeer by John Grisham: Better than The Confession, worth a read
  6. Kitnay Aadmi Thay by Diptakirti Chaudhuri: Must read for Bollywood fans, though media covers all the facts, the compilation is interesting
  7. Dongri to Dubai by S. Hussain Zaidi: Reco to all.
  8. The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian: Reco to all, fast paced story as usual by Ravi
  9. Miss Marple’s Final Cases by Agatha Christie 
  10. The Furnished Room & The Fist of the Magi by O’ Henry
  11. The Secrets of Nagas by Amish Tripathi-> 3/5: a bit boring. Did not inspire me enough to buy the last one.
  12. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse-> 5/5: loved this book. 
  13. My Story by Kamala Das-> 4/5: Must read for all. Specially women!
  14. Arion & the Dolphin by Vikram Seth-> 3/5: Poetic. Time pass read.
  15. Skill with People by Les Giblin-> 4/5: Read, re-read, execute type book
  16. Devils in Pinstripes by Ravi Subramanian-> 3/5: Usual RS book on banking. Don’t read if you have read his books recently.
  17. The Summons by John Grisham-> 3/5: Not the best of his works perhaps, yet worth a read.

Corporate Karate

Price: Rs.95

A very funny book full of corporate advises. Every advice will bring a smile on your face, especially if you have a Boss who is no less than a Sadist. It is just like a self-help book for corporate newbies.

Nothing more to say. Enjoy it.


Small Wonder – The Making Of The Nano

Author: Christabelle Noronha, Sujata Agarwal & Philip Chacko
Price: Rs. 295

Few were curious, few were waiting, few were tense, few were confident and excited. This was the feeling of the legendary team working on Tata Nano under the guidance of the visionary Mr.Ratan Tata. But what was Ratan Tata thinking? He said only one line,’A Promise, is a Promise’. The launch was finally a success. The team consisted of the very talented Girish Wagh, Ravi Kant, Justin Norek etc. Finally, their hard work was paid off.

The book describes the events that really teaches the reader on how to deal with the challenges that are almost impossible to solve. The story starts with the idea of Ratan Tata who imagined making a car which will cost only Rs.100,000. This was a well planned execution of logical arguments which led to this weird dream that was ridiculed by many in the industry.

The book is not that useful for the designers as the Authors have avoided to go into the intricate details of the same. But then it is a book that demonstrates different ways in which different challenges can be handled by a team. The challenges varying from the existence of the car, feasibility of the car, and later, the survival of the car and the team of engineers, designers, workers etc. The challenges were not only technical, but political too. The challenges of the designer was that there was no benchmark. Ratan Tata wanted to make this car better than Maruti 800 and more affordable.

The able leadership of Mr. Ratan Tata is clearly reflected in the book through various incidents.

A must read for those who are in management.

This is my third book after Lee Iacocca and The Toyota Way in the car industry. Though the other two were totally different and at the greater magnitude, I feel that this particular car has faced a lot of trouble as compared to any other car launch.

The next I am planning to read is ‘Maruti Story’ – RC Bhargava.


The Immortals Of Meluha

Author: Amish
Price: Rs. 295

This book has been an experimental accident for me. I was just going through and saw this book. The cover and the title inspired me to order this book. I was sure of delivery failures, but to my surprise, book was delivered the next day itself.

This is the first time I am attempting a book review. I feel, nothing should be exposed in the review. So if you want to know about the story, plot or even the characters, you will be disappointed to read this. I am not even mentioning the name of the characters.

When I started reading it, I was comparing it with the legendary characters, researching about the Indus Valley Civilization. It was a bit difficult to digest the language that was used initially, found it ridiculous to be very frank. Then I started reading it from an Author’s point of view, and the experience was awesome. I have categorized this book as the book of philosophy, or the self help book to stop stereotyping. There is something beyond the story, the characters and the plot that the author is trying to express.

As far as reading experience was concerned, it was a roller coaster ride. As Anil Dharker has said, it is definitely a page turner. Sometimes the story is handled too fast, while sometimes lot of emphasis is given on unnecessary things. But defending this point, I feel that Author has some future references to make. Nevertheless, I was not bored to read it, I was just impatient to complete it. I was not disappointed at all. The end is not a mystery as such, but it is handled very cleverly.

There are many references to the social instability, comparisons between the perfect society and the evils. Author has shared his political views through various characters. The issues like terrorism, war, social outcast are handled in a very mature way. Also, the book gives information about various things that were known, but the reason was still the mystery. The book perfectly handles the argument between the scientists and the blind followers.

Few instances clearly reflects that this book is written by an entrepreneur or an MBA graduate. Amish is an IIM-K alumni and is just 35 years old. Excellent job as a writer. Waiting for your books!

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