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Book Review : Bestseller by Ahmed Faiyaz

Title : Bestseller

Author : Ahmed Faiyaz

Publisher : Rupa Publications

Pages : 196

Story :

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 books he would never publish or would never even read. To complicate things further, he has to contend with motley crew of has-beens and misfits working for the publishing house as well as wannabe writers, dealing with their follies and derisive tactics, and battle his own affections for Zorah Kalim, the impulsive daughter of his former boss.

Review :

I can’t say the novel surprised me because it was everything that I had expected. I was quite intrigued to get an inside peek into the much obscure world of publishing, but what I received was much more than that. Bestseller is exactly what it’s blurb promises to be. Akshay Mathur, a man of English literature is out of job and now all he’s left with is a deadline to chase and meet. He is a fish-out-of-water in this market that he hardly feels at home with.

Each character is well sketched and represents a certain section of the society. What I did not see coming was the sudden turn of events with Bollywood taking an active role that drew in a subtle conjecture. Akshay’s thoughts and actions seeps with sarcasm, something that I quite enjoyed. It was funny yet disturbing how he had no liberty of speaking his mind but I absolutely loved how shrewdly he tackled those manipulative wannabes to eventually prove that they were barking up the wrong tree.

The sweet breeze of a little romance added to the excitement for sure, but I’m pretty glad and satisfied that it didn’t sidetrack the main concern or theme of the story. I admit it did get a little strenuous at times because there was so much going on, all at the same time. So it felt like a lot was on the plate. That made me realise how difficult it actually is to run a publishing house successfully. We only savour the final result in our hands but we don’t consciously realise how many hands had worked days and nights on it.

I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 Stars. It was a refreshing read that talked about a world unknown to the common folk. What began as a tumultuous journey eventually climaxed into an ending that is quite immaculate and satisfying to say the least.






I earnestly thank the author for a copy!




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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
Grey Oak has recently released Another Chance, his second full-length novel, and is slated to release Down the Road, an anthology of 30 short stories he has co-edited, in April 2011. He is a founding member of Grey Oak Publishers and Grey Oak Foundation.

4 thoughts on “Book Review : Bestseller by Ahmed Faiyaz”

  1. Sounds like Akshay had quite the challenge on his hands! I like the sound of this being pleasant, a little different to what I’d usually read but with well developed, sketched out characters. Neat review 🙂
    Caz xx

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