Author : S.V. Divvaakar
Genre : Fiction
ISBN : 9789382473053
Rating : 3.5/5
If we knew exactly how our lives would turn out to be in the next few decades, we would probably stop living. For BB, life was pretty much about making good money, changing cars every two years, going on yearly overseas holidays etc. until one day, his sexy lady boss turns his life upside down with her remark, “I’m sure you can do a much better job than Bhagath.” And thus began BB’s journey of Wordsmithery. Hell bent on beating his former college room-mate and a successful writer, Ketan Bhagath (that rhymes with Chetan Bhagath! Coincidence?) , BB begins to spend the rest of his days and nights working on his very own novel. With the intention of being more successful than Bhagath and not just being successful, BB puts all he has got, his family, his time, his energy, his money, on stake. Like a Lilliput amongst a million giants, he struggles to make his tiny book thrive, sometimes swimming with the tide and sometimes, standing still and resisting the ‘mainstream’. Will he beat Bhagath?
S.V. Divvaakar, through the journey of the protagonist, BB, unravels the most intriguing and boggling realities of the world of Publishing, Distributing & Retailing in the country. The gripping accounts of BB’s encounters with various such giants are bound to leave the reader awe-struck. In fact, for a person who wants to publish his/her book someday (read: Me) the events narrated in the book came as a warning. And with every disappointment BB went through, I was like, ‘The end better be good!’ And well, the book ended in a way I couldn’t have imagined, which by the way, I really like about books (and movies). And by the time you’re done reading the book, you’ll find your mind over brimming with thoughts, all of them focusing on coming up with a plan, the plan. At least it was so in my case.
The most interesting and impressive part of the book is its title: Beaten by Bhagath! It works on so many levels! I would love to explain ‘why’ and ‘how’ but then it would give away all the fun. So, read the book and you’ll know what I am talking about. (And if you still don’t, I am willing to deliver a free lecture 😀 )
Enjoy Reading! 🙂