Writing a novel is a daunting task.And being an author, I know that very well. However, reviewing is also a tough ask to do. If it is not equally hard as writing a book, it is not a cakewalk as well. I review the titles for you...so that you get exemplary books in your hand which can make your day, or even life.
THE STORY: You talk about an author and a picture comes
in your mind of a well-dressed gentleman coming out of an expensive car and
giving autographs to his crazy fans, who are chanting his name loudly. Girls
are yelling in astonishment of meeting someone they see in their dreams and
guys are jealous of his success and fame.
This is only one side of the coin. Have you ever imagined
an author travelling by an auto, bus or ‘metro-train’? If not, why? That’s because
we have not seen such authors as yet.
As attractive the lime-light of being an author appears,
it is as darker and uglier inside. It is all about marketing, promotion, money
and politics. ‘Beaten by bhagath’ shows exactly the same.
This story is about BB (Balwant Bhagath). Everything in
his life is well places until his lady-boss says that he can write well, and
can beat Ketan Bhagat (K-10 in this book).
K-10 was his room-mate and college buddy who becomes renowned
successful author lately and forgets about his friendship with BB.
BB starts writing a book ‘The Sinner’s Curse’ and takes
it as a direct competition with his old friend. There are many twists in the
story and it shows the reality of publishing industry (which is well
researched). Once you complete the story, you will have an idea that why a
common middle class man can barely dream of being an author?
Story is crisp and well written. Why ‘Bhagath’ has been used
in this book is quite obvious (free publicity, thanks to CB). Though the
starting of the story is dull and it becomes hard to continue reading at some
instances. But suddenly it gets pace and an emotional/funny/reality ending sums
up the book.
THE WRITING: The language is sharp and dictionary free.
The sentence constructions are particularly good and people can connect with
the protagonist. As the story crosses its 9th page, it becomes tad
slow but still the analytical skill of writer is appreciable. Writer has
compared the book with a ‘slut’ which could make no sense. There are some ‘so
called’ funny incidents which fail to make reader smile. Apart from little
lapses I would say the writing and editing both had been good throughout the
THE CONCLUSION: People often think that getting a book
publish is a cake-walk. Let me tell you that among millions of people, who try
to write or publish a book, only 100 get success. And only 10 of those 100
lucky people get chance to write again in life. This book shows a big reality
of dirty politics and money game in publishing industry. The people who are
looking forward to write a book should read this book. The entertainment
quotient of the book may be low but the reality quotient is high. I would not
recommend this book to people who get depress very easily.