Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Book Review- BestSeller by Ahmed Faiyaz

Kalim publishing had seen better days. There were books that had topped the charts and were considered literary gems. Famous people frequently visited the place. But that was long…long ago. When Akshay Mathur, an out of work editor from the UK, comes to work at Kalim publishing, it was a ship sinking head-first. To make matters worse, chief editor of Kalim Publishing, Iqbal Kalim passes away on Akshay’s first day at his new stint. Angus Lee, the owner of Lee Books which was a major stakeholder in Kalim publishing, gives Akshay the enormous task to get at least 5 bestsellers in the next one year from this comatose publication house. With Tarun as the CEO and an ancient dismal staff, Akshay could only see gloom from where he stood.

But with high spirits and a new found love at his side, Akshay decides to give it his best try. Bollywood heartthrob, Roshan Khan’s biography brings in some unsolicited limelight for Kalim and especially Akshay. But bad publicity is at better than no publicity at all. Akshay juggles his luck with first time authors like Anya Malik and Sudhir who are no less interesting that the characters of a bestseller. When Vinod Dutta, the dying children’s books author proposes a book to Askhay, he plays a mean trick that could make or break his career and the future of Kalim Publishing. Sudhir Joshi, the politician who wants his biography written, has a political agenda. And in this pursuit of a bestseller, Akshay gets much more than he had signed up for.

When the name of the book is “bestseller”, one does have huge expectations from it. So I wasn’t being completely unfair. But this one proved its worth. An interesting plot written very smartly keeps one glued to it at all times. There are hardly any less-than-interesting moments. The story moves fast and characters develop one chapter after the other. Overall, an interesting read. I would certainly recommend this if you like fast-paced witty reads.

My rating-

About the Author:- Ahmed Faiyaz grew up in Bangalore and now lives in Dubai. He’s a book and film addict, and apart from reading books and watching cinema of all genres, he is a passionate writer. He is bestselling author of Love, life & all that jazz…, Another Chance and Scammed, and the editor of Urban Shots – Crossroads and Down the Road. He has written and directed 6 short films and 2 feature films including Graveyard Shift. He has also just completed an international film, shot in Prague called 'All the Lost Souls' with a cast and crew from Germany, UK, USA, Venezuela, Spain, Serbia, Croatia, India and Czech Republic. (Source: http://www.ahmedfaiyaz.in/about.html)

I received a free copy of the book from WritersMelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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