My rating of the book: 4/5
Before we go ahead, I want to mention that we get a FREE wooden bookmark along with the book. It is absolutely gorgeous and literally satisfies all your bibliophile requirements.
Destiny of Shattered Dreams, quite honestly was nothing like I expected. The title seemed a bit dramatic and I was slightly hesitant about delving ahead with the book. But I’m quite glad I did. The book starts off a little slow, a little cliché, but then catches on really quickly. I managed to finish it in one day itself.
The author has done his part of the research. The backdrop of the story is typical, but authentic. The story revolves around Atul, a small town ambitious man, who rises to the top of the corporate ladder and his subsequent downfall from it.
His definition of business terms here and there adds to the story (For example, I am not from a corporate background. This just added to my understanding of the story). The ending was unexpected: I had been thinking that the story will continue to show Atul rise to power again the whole time. But the ending was crisp and quite simple. I simply love the way the author describes relationships in the book. That is what established him as a good writer in my eyes. I can visualize how the scenes between Atul and Aarti (his girlfriend) are unfolding, the closeness they are experiencing, their fights, Roshni’s (wifey – oops) pain etc. They are nowhere explicit, just well written.
What was really refreshing in this book were the small couplets/poems here and there. They are beautifully written! Kudos to the author. The author has also given English translations to aid the readers, which is a very smart move.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book is the fact that occasionally information is repeated in the book. I guess it is something to do with being a first time author. For example, the fact that Prem was the oldest among the four co-founders was mentioned three separate times in the book. Somehow, the information isn’t relevant enough to really be repeated. Also, the author sometimes launches into expansive descriptions of rooms, backdrops etc. which I have sometimes found to be un-required in particular circumstances. Other than that, for a debut novel, this book meets all my expectations. Perhaps we can finally break free from the likes of Chetan Bhagat and Ashwin Sanghi in Indian literature.
It’s just: why did Roshni have to die? That part broke my heart
Nilesh Rathod is a businessperson, writer and poet. Co-founder of Ensemble Infrastructure India Limited, Nilesh’s company currently employs 2000 people.
Destiny of Shattered dreams is his debut novel. Nilesh is currently working on his second novel. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Preeti and sons Shloak and Parv. You may reach him at Nilesh@nileshrathod.in or http://www.nileshrathod.in
- Book name : Destiny of Shattered Dreams
- Author : Nilesh Rathod
- Total number of pages : 244
- ISBN : 978-81-291-3975-7
- Binding : Paperback
- Cost : 200 Rs
- Genre : Fiction
- Language : English
- Publisher : Rupa Publications
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