Saturday, January 19, 2013

Smitten By Bhagath





Have you ever wondered how the current best seller you are reading made its way into your shelf?

Have you ever given a thought on how much the author had to toil in order to provide you with the story that entertains you as you flip through the pages?

How many times have you picked up a book from your shelf for a second or third reading?

And have you ever thought of all the other books that lie orphaned in the warehouses, unable to find their way to the readers?

Yes, this is exactly what Beaten By Bhagath does. It makes you look beyond the story and promises to take you on a trip across the life cycle of a paperback, right from its birth, through its nurturing stage and finally the ever-unfortunate death.

The author S.V.Divvaakar is an alumnus of IIT Delhi. He is an international Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and serves on the boards of several multinational firms. He does a fine task of re-balancing his professional life and his creative interests of writing and music. Divvaakar also composes music, sings and plays the keyboard.

Beaten By Bhagath is Divvaakar’s second novel. His first novel was The Winner’s Price.

Beaten By Bhagath is narrated by the protagonist BB, who works as a successful analyst in an MNC. However, when his boss, an attractive woman, compliments his writing style and urges him to try his hands in fiction, he is smitten by her words and makes up his mind to produce a top quality story that would take the world by storm. He is determined to be a better writer than K-10 Bhagath, the current phenomena who has penned several best-sellers, works on movie scripts, is a youth icon and thus a complete celebrity. What makes his determination egoistic is that BB and K-10 were friends at college, and he is all set to prove that he can go one step further than his old friend.

BB pen downs his story which he believes would appeal to the masses and make him an instant celebrity. However, he soon faces the rough sides of the book publishing business. As he tries his luck from one publishing house to another, rejection follows him everywhere, like a loyal shadow. Finally, when his book gets published, he finds the sale isn't as per his expectations. He is desperate to get the sales higher, making his book an instant best-seller, and thus leaves no stone un-turned in his quest to usurp the crown held by his celebrity friend K-10. From gaining and losing ‘likes’ on his book’s Facebook page, to book launches, to fraudulent publishers and scams, he faces it all. However, at the end of the day, he soon realizes the essence of writing and realizes that everything isn't bad as it looks.

Life can be beautiful if you feel it that way.

Beaten By Bhagath is an honest take on the life of a debutante author and his book. The narration is racy and crisp. It tells the story of every wannabe writer who dreams of making it big in the writing industry. More than the author, it is the story of a book, and several other books, who strive hard to make its presence felt in this world of cut-throat competition. This novel deals well with the sentiments of the author, and portrays his journey as he goes from door to door and tries every trick in the book to make his story read by the people. The struggle touches our heart strings, and we pray for the author, and his book, to be successful.

Beaten By Bhagath is a must read story for every book lover. There is a BB in all of us, who urges us to move ahead in the race and topple all the other competitors. However, isn't this competition a farce and mockery of our existence? Instead of racing against others, we should compete with our own selves, trying to constantly improve and become a better person. 

Do pick up a copy of Beaten By Bhagath, it’s a real ‘page-turner’ (no, not as per the definition in the book). Somewhere among the plot, you will find yourself trying to find your way out of your individual struggles, and eventually you would come across the solution, as the last pages slowly roll through your heart.





20 comments:

  1. ...very interesting...is it available world wide? If so i would be glad to look for it in some local bookstores here in the Philippines... I think the mission of a writer is to write his/her heart on papers without any expectations of getting read by many or even being noticed...smiles...

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    1. You can try out this book if it is available in your place ... it's a good read ... you can check the author's website at S V Divvaakar

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    2. ..Tnx...i went to the link but it was not mentioned there where the 2nd book could be made available since it was only launched december last year...but his first book did specify places for purchase...i think i might have just browse it on kindle...tnx anyway...:-)

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    3. You are welcome Kelvin :-)

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    4. Hi Kelvin ... I guess the book is available in Amazon for the international market ... also, the eBook version will be out very soon.

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  2. Thanks for sharing and interesting post aswell.

    I know some people have difficulty sleeping due to Fear & Insomnia. So believe it or not ive written bloglet on Curing Fear & Insomnia

    Take Care

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  3. Interesting take GS! I think it should be available in time. Would like to get an e-book version later! Nicely!

    Hank

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    1. You can try it for sure :-)

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    2. The eBook will be out shortly. I suppose the book is available in Amazon for international market.

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    1. Do try the book ... it should be available on Amazon and an ebook version would be out very soon :-)

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  5. That sounds to be an interesting read. Would love to lay my hands on the wonderful gripping tale. :) Thanks for the review...:D

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    1. It sure is an interesting tale :-)

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  6. Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing the review. :)

    I am sure, it'll be a nice take on the bestsellers that are coming these days.

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  7. i don't read any book but this one sounds really interesting! kind of story i would love to read. a great review!!

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    1. Thanks Deb ... you can give it a try :-)

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