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Paperback Dreams Through the three first person voices in this novel with a chapter dedicated to each voice Rahul Saini strongly portrays the dominant grey area actually tending towards a dark and grimy area of the contemporary novel publishing scene in India It is effortless to relate with the three protagonists and to comprehend their journeys The title 'Paperback Dreams' is apt for this fast paced and easy to read novel Mostly literary novels are first published in hardbacks and none of the three protagonists who are all novelists in this realistic and funny novel could distinguish postmodernism from surrealism So paperback novels are what these protagonists aspire for For critiues who might say that the writing is somewhat undecorated in this novel I would like to point out that the writing energetically relates with the characters' point of view and stream of consciousness Rahul Saini's writing strongly illustrates the characters' attributes symbolically in a techniue that they would have written in themselves I won't say say this is my favorite Rahul Saini book That'll always remain his first one yet this book was a entertaining read This is a brave and a rather interesting take on the book publishing business It has a decent plot to kick start the story yet it does get a little dull in middle and ending feels incomplete but may be that's because it has another installment or so did I read Still the author could have done with the ending of Karun and Jeet's story arc This book is a reminder that book writing business is not that easy and glamorous as most of us aspiring writer feel it is PS A huge credit to Mr Saini for taking such a bold step on this matter Hoping a even better book in the second installmentPPS Sorry for a late review sir but I was a little occupied Jeet Roy a college Casanova has published a book by unfair means All he wants is to earn loads of money and have hot girls chase after him wherever he goes Rohit Sehdev a one book old popular fiction writer is furious when he finds out that his publisher has cheated him out of his royalties Karun Ahuja is a highly ambitious schoolboy who wants to win the heart his lady love by writing a novel about it and he doesnt mind playing dirty to get to the top Ruthlessly exploiting these ambitious young men is their unscrupulous publisher Sometimes funny sometimes shocking Paperback Dreams is the story of a new breed of young writers who will do anything to get famous fast When you find an original story told by an author with a commitment to write only if he has a good story to tell and if he takes a dig at the very phenomenon that he is involved with then you know you're dealing with some raw courage on hand And if the writing is witty at times deep and the plotline forwards without effort making you turn the pages then you know you're dealing with a good book and in good handsThree different people three different intentions three different motives All three are authors and all three narrate their stories in the first person The first person narrative has a uniue advantage It allows the author to tell the story from an intimate personal angle And so it happens that Rohit with his This is not done This is Just not done as the struggling victim Jeet with his hard on inside my underpants as the play boy and Karun with his Killer plan to oust everyone out of Dash publishers as the wayward teenager start talking to you It's really heavy at the beginning when its three first person conversations But the story uickly moves ahead and one gets used to the changing narrative as one begins to follow the storyThe surprise for me was the character of Jeet Inspite of beginning as the uintessential flirt and an incurable sex maniac Jeet turns out to be having deeper thoughts and meaningfully explores his own situation and begins to show signs of maturity towards the end of the story His and Neeti's love track makes for a nice romantic angle It's not deeply heart warming but it's nice to really see their transformation unfoldThe second surprise was Karun Karun's dreams are perhaps not well recognized and groomed by his teachers There are students like Karun everywhere and they get hooked to short cuts easily With their innocence and their tech savvyness they can really become dangerous Karun's story really tells how much responsibility a teacher has on hisher shouldersRohit and Pranav and their story is uite predictable I loved and enjoyed many of Rohit's interactions with students Having been a teacher myself and having seen the influence a teacher could have on students I loved it when Rohit begins grooming students as a mentor and when Pranav turns around under his mentorship Nothing satisfactory and these episodes do reflect what teachers would go through and how they respond to situations and challenges in their lifeThe depth and reach of a story are in its characters Though I felt they could have been better explored and deeply characterized I guess that's my heavy headed opinion having read James Michener Robert Jordan Doris Lessing Margaret Atwood Arthur Hailey and a few world class authors Perhaps if he focuses on Learning and Exploring himself through his writing than on Teaching the world a few things that he knows then Rahul Saini is definitely a class author in the making I am not like oh gawd I am really itching to read the next instalment of this but if there is one as Rahul says it's gonna be on my to read list  It was pretty impressive even because of the book cover and back cover's summaryI was looking for some Indian author this time So this is my first Indian novelIt was going really good in the startingbut when it reaches in the middle of the novel the story becomes dull and boring The starting 'spark' of the book tends to diminishes as story goes fartherAnd the end was totally lame Its a filmy endingFrankly speaking this book attracted me due to its 'Jeet' character but that too becomes lame as the end comes near There was many 'filmy' plots in this novel which means lack of creative ideas and lack of maturity level I must wanna advice one thing to the writer that Don't be filmy try to be yourself and let your originality tells you what to write Peace Since Penguin is the publisher I thought it must be good enough The synopsis grabbed my attentionThe so many love struck so called light reads that we see piled up in bookstores and feel sad about the way literature is going; I thought this book is going to talk about that The format of the book is very bad chapter headings are the names of the three protags taking in turn to narrate the story from their point of view It was way too obvious to be interesting The author should have kept the narrator under the wraps and let the reader guess who it is by creating the suitable environment and background of each Just a way to be interestingAs one finishes reading the book they realise as I did that this is another trashy book written about the trashy way of publishing and writing that is happening among the 'light and pop reads' Really imagination deprived story but only the concept of three interweaving stories was a refreshing one When should you write a book? When you have a story to tell OR When the characters you create can make the readers fall in love with them OR When your writing skills are exceptional despite having no plot at all Unfortunately Paperback Dreams offers noneI am sure the character of Karun Mukharjee was written while Rahul Saini was watching Ekta Kapoor's daily soaps There is neither logic nor soul in any of the sub plots There is no solid reason why a particular character behaves the way it does basically there is no characterization at all I am wondering why did Penguin Publishers take this up well why did Rahul Saini write this in the first place?When you read some uality books you may aspire to become a writer When you read the books of this uality you get the confidence that anybody can write and someone like Penguin Publishers would help you with your Paperback Dreams Stay away Paperback Dreams by Rahul Saini is a fictional story stating the story of three new generation writers As from the title and blurb I was intrigue to read the novel and the novel satisfied completely by stating the reality of literature worldThe story moves parallel between three writers Jeet Oberoi is a national best selling author who doesn't consider about ethics and done some unethical activity to get publish his first storyRohit Sehdev is a writer of one national best selling book and waiting to get publish his second I liked his character also the story of rohit boost me motivationallyKarun Mukherjee an ambitious school kid who is waiting to publish his debut novel And also a nerd who thinks with money and fame can win the world any girlThe connections between three writers is they published their book under same publisher And narration of things happening in off the publishing world is shadowed so well From the PR Marketing to cruel things does by jealous peoples are crafted wellAs from the view of story narration and characterization nothing is wrong author written in the way of giving interesting read to readers Also the love story of Rohit gives essence to storyOverall Paperback dreams by Rahul Saini is perfect time worthy read My rating 45 Paperback dreams are about 3 young authors who voyage is through the dirty games of publishing industry in India The book give an insight of how the “publishing couch” works and young authors cheat each other First person narrative of three characters holds the readers to book with its twist and turns On a readers perspective it’s a light read but a five hour super entertainment Scandals Betrayals sex love greed ambition are narrated with simple words The book also indirectly point out some young authors from Punjab Delhi and how they try to dominate their publishing house by deceiving fellow authors All the three characters are well framed and do justice to their parts