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Review: ‘Destiny of Shattered Dreams’ by Nilesh Rathod


People often enjoy tales told by insiders. ‘Destiny of Shattered Dreams’ is one such story that reveals the results of unbridled greed, uncontrolled lust and deep-rooted arrogance of a businessman – Atul Shyamlal Malhotra. He’s ambitious. He’s arrogant. He’s corrupt. He’s promiscuous. He’s everything we know as bad in this world.

But he’s not unstoppable. When the fate comes calling, he pays a hefty price for all the malevolence he’s committed.

There is much more than just the impeccable plot in the novel And that is the background of the author – Nilesh Rathod – who himself owns a company which employs more than 2000 people. Nilesh lives a life of a true businessman and is surrounded with folks like Atul. So if we call him an insider of the industry or the business world, it would not be wrong.

It does not stop here. I have also closely witnessed the rise and the fall of many a men like Atul – who have been arrogant, ambitious and ravenous for money and sex in the IT industry. I say it on the basis of my decade long experience as the operations editor of India’s leading IT magazine Dataquest. I’ve seen many such stories that match the magnitude of the life of the protagonist – Atul. I could easily relate his life as depicted in the ‘Destiny of Shattered Dreams’ to quite a few infamous personalities whom perhaps most of us can recall. I’m talking about the likes of Ramalinga Raju of Satyam Computers and Phaneesh Murthy who was the man behind Infosys’ US expansion and later iGate’s exponential growth. We know what happened to them later.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel. It barely bores you. However, I do not believe in revealing the story since it can jeopardize your interest.

While I would appreciate Nilesh’s literary passion in his maiden work, I won’t refrain from advising that he needs to bring in brevity into his later works. Overall I recommend this book to everyone who loves good fiction.

The writing style is far better and matches the literary standards that bridge the gap between a literary work and a commercial work. His style is way above when compared to the C-graders such as Chetan Bhagat and Amish Tripathi.

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