Book Review Contest – Weekly Prizes To Be Won

Further to my previous blogpost on the book review for Destiny of Shattered Dreams, here is an exciting contest for all book lovers.

The author of this novel – Nilesh Rathod, in association with Rupa Publications, is conducting a mega review contest for his novel which will extend from  17th July 2016 to 9th October 2016.

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The novel is already on the bestseller lists of Amazon, W H Wills & Sapna bookstores. It is critically acclaimed and now in its first re-print. Shobhaa De tweeted “Nilesh may just be the desi Jeffrey Archer India has been long waiting for”. Hindustan times in its review said “Putting it down may be hard to do”. The book has breached the Amazon bestseller in the contemporary fiction category and with over 15 mainstream media appearances, the novel is all set to be the biggest debut this year yet.

In order to take part in this contest all you have to do is buy a copy of this critically acclaimed bestseller “Destiny of Shattered Dreams” by Nilesh Rathod and review it on select book review sites. Post your review link on the contest page and get a chance to win a Kindle every week. The winning reviews will be posted on the Author’s page at the end of the week.

There is also a grand prize at the end of the contest, the winner of which will be selected among all the 12 weekly winners. This prize includes an all expenses trip for two to the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 with 3 or 4 Star accommodation on twin sharing basis along with 2 VIP tickets for the entire event. 

With the weekend almost here, this would be the perfect time to shop ‘Destiny of Shattered Dreams’at your favourite local or online bookstore. Read the book and post your reviews on the contest page. Remember, you have from 17th July 2016 to 9th October 2016.

As a participating blogger, I will be voting for the best review each week. You can find me by my logo on the Contest Page along with Contest Rules, Terms & Conditions. Don’t forget to follow this blog to stay updated.

Good Luck and Happy Reading!

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Book Review – Destiny of Shattered Dreams by Nilesh Rathod


Before I share my review of this book, I must confess that I am always eager to read books by debut authors. I find they have a distinct voice in their writing that is raw, and unblemished by repeated editing, as the writers themselves (and publishers) are still trying to find a home for the book on the store shelf.

Therefore, when I received an email from this author asking if I would review his debut novel, I jumped at the opportunity.

As the title suggests, Destiny of Shattered Dreams is about one man’s journey through his rise and fall, across the pinnacles of corporate stardom. Atul Malhotra is a young, ambitious entrepreneur in the telecom industry and, with the support of his trusted co-founders, has successfully steered the company to become a billion dollar enterprise in a span of ten years. However, when they plan to expand their operations across the country, they find themselves caught in a brutal nexus of industry and politics.

In his arrogant quest for power, Atul decides to gamble on the very principles that the company was built on and soon realises that he must learn to navigate through the seedy streets of dirty politics, crime and infidelity if he wants to safeguard his interests as well as those of his company. The book chronicles the passion and hunger that fuel Atul’s choices and their impact on his personal and professional life.

The author being a CFA and co-founder of an enterprise himself, gives a thrilling insider’s account of the world of business. He creates a lead character that hooks the reader with all his strengths and flaws. His relationships force the reader to think about ethics, values, and long-term repercussions of every decision.

The dialogue and movement of the story on the professional side is crisp and well paced. It reveals Atul as a man with a sharp business acumen who is willing to take calculated risks in the interest of business.

However in his interactions on the personal side, Atul seems to alternate between inconsiderate and desperately needy which is in contrast to the other side of his character. Also, sometimes dialogue seems unnecessarily repetitive, as if the author is trying to drive a point. It ends up sounding like a monologue fighting for space between two people.

Nonetheless, the flaws in character is what makes the story entertaining. It entices the reader enough that one can’t help but turn the page to find out what happens next. This is one of the better debuts by an Indian Author.

Title: Destiny of Shattered Dreams
Author: Nilesh Rathod
Publisher: Rupa Publications
ISBN: 978-81-291-3975-7
Edition/Year: First Edition 2016
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 254
Source: From the Author
Rating: 4 Stars

Available on Amazon and Flipkart.

About the Author: Nilesh Rathod is a businessperson, writer and poet. Co-founder of Ensemble Infrastructure India Limited, Nilesh’s company currently employs over 2000 people.
Destiny of Shattered Dreams is his debut novel. Nilesh is currently working on his second novel. He lives in Mumbai. You may email him at or visit his webpage You may also follow him on twitter @authornilesh or at

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