Review Pen: Double or Quits by Shilpa Gupta


Book– Double or Quits
Author– Shilpa Gupta
Previous Works– Ananya-A Bittersweet Journey
Author Contact–       twitter-@shilpagupta2802
Publishers– Jaico Publishing House
Number Of Pages– 290

Racy, realistic and fast paced, Double or Quits traces Jyotsna Singh’s story against the backdrop of the treacherous stock markets. Losing her father at the age of 12 and brought up under frugal circumstances, Jyotsna grows up too soon. Nervy and edgy by nature, she morphs into a confident and charming young woman with a successful career in Investment Banking. Enter Aryan Sahani, rising corporate star and billionaire who wraps Jyotsna in his charms, but has plans of his own. Driven by her loyalty to the firm, a desire to break out of her lower middle class moorings and misplaced love, Jyotsna overreaches. She is soon faced with the dark side of the stock markets – a world where ambition, greed and fear rule and reputations are lost a lot faster than they are built. Will Jyotsna be able to resurrect her life? Will she find the true love she has been craving? Double or Quits is a tale of love, betrayal and courage. It is a tale about falling down, but not staying down.

Jyotsna Singh, an efficient and ambitious Investment Banker falls for Aryan Sahani while chasing an IPO Mandate. The man makes her dive into the abysmal depths of her suppressed emotions and makes her have blind faith in love.
But a love with lies at its foundation crumple doing putting Jyotsna’s personal and professional life in jeopardy. Her world crumbles before her and she is left alone but then even the worst of all happens, will she have the courage to fight her way out and rise against all odds? Read Double or Quits to find out.

The book has a direct start regarding Jyotsna’s corporate life instead of beating around the bush with her back story , as the story proceeds, we come to know who she is and what she was to figure out her background.

The blurb had made me think that the book is just another tale of love and betrayal but I will happily state that it’s not the same. It has more, a lot more. A woman against all odds and how she overcomes the blames, the shame, the situations and in the end rises above all to be on her legs comprises more or less the central story.

The book is written in satisfactory and easy english and though the corporate talk can be foreign for those not associated with it, it’s quite well explained by the author in order to make a layman not ponder over it for long.
It’s a woman centric plot and will be well accepted among women.

The blurb does not do justice to the content of the book for the book has way much more give than its blurb. This is one book I would like people to not judge by its blurb.
I recommend it to woman whp have ever suffered emotional breakdown both in regards with their career or love-life. Its surely inspirational and something one would cherish for sometime after reading.
And its just not Aryan, there is more to Jyotsna’s story.

Ratings- 4 out of 5 stars

The only thing that was off about the book was its title. Despite being a really beautiful title . I wish the author had explained it in the plot a bit more rather than few statements from the protagonist.

The author has kept the plot real and crisp without  sugarcoating the reality of today’s world and I am sure that the readers will surely appreciate that.

Reviewed By– Banaja Prakashini

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