Status: Read from July 19 to July 30, 2016
My rating: /5
Author: Nilesh Rathod
An insider’s view into what goes on behind the glittering facade of corporate stardom, Destiny of Shattered Dreams is a fast-paced tale of a brilliant young man’s meteoric rise at business. It is also a moving portrayal of love and its fallibility.
Ambition, passion and raw courage are Atul Malhotra’s key aids to realizing his dreams as he learns the art of gambling for high stakes. What follows is a game of treachery, infidelity and murder.
The book lays bare the sordid corporate politico nexus that compels this once middle-class boy to deftly learn the ropes and negotiate a world where dirty deals and power plays can make or break lives, where one wrong choice could prove fatal.
A tale of yachts and hidden Swiss accounts, sordid affairs of lust, intrigue and exhilarating highs. Nilesh Rathod’s Destiny Of Shattered Dreams is also the story of innocence forever lost.
Itna uncha ude ke laut ke na aa sakey, Aasmaan chune ke aaib mein wapas na ja sakey.
Ashkon ke har samandar se nazar chura kar chalte rahey, Khabar kahan thi, har baar, thodi thodi insaaniyat peeche chod chale.
Kal tak shan-e-marmar ka Taj Mahal dekha karte theh, Aaj magar usme daba Mumtaz ka makbara yaad aaya.
Jawan dil ko kisi ka khauf lautana paaya, Maut ka yeh mod aaisa aaya, saara maajara phir samajhaaya.
I won this book as goodreads giveaway prize. The story revolves around the protagonist Atul Malhotra. Atul is one of the founders on TTL (Tansmech Telecom Limited ), a billion dollar enterprise. He is also the chairman of the board and CEO of the company. He is very ambitious person , filled with courage and passion, a risk taker. The story begins with Atul going to jail. There he narrates his inmates about how he ended up in this jail. The story of Atul’s life goes in flashback mode.
This clearly shows how a beginner with ambition and passion grows very fast in his career, opens his own company, and reaches the zenith of his career. But by this time, his love for his partner has died. His personal life had become a hollow. He just keeps going on with the mere burden of responsibility and not love.
His partners in business Anil, Prem, Rakesh and Qazi were the ideal gang, who always stick to him with all his decision. His childhood friend Aditya, a perfect friend to turn to in need of help and suggestions. But none can help him, when politician start to interfere in their business to hide their dirty money by force.
This also shows that to get a major success in life, one cannot stick to honesty, how much ever one wish to. The bad politics interferes showing the greed of giving financial help. And if you deny, they make your survival difficult. You are not left with any choice but to accept their offer and be a part of dirty politics. This is what happens with Atul.
And after all these, what is left in his life? His wife Roshini dies of a car accident. He does not even get a chance to ask for forgiveness. He can visit his daughter Ananya only once in month. His love, Arati is a wife of someone else. He is left with the guilt of making others suffer. He didn’t commit any crime or murder but he got involved in those being in a race to reach the pinnacle of his career. But was it worth after all?
This was a fast-paced story narrating the rise and fall of a man in corporate world in his race to take his company to the top of the world, and eventually losing his love interest in his personal life. The story was good and held my interest. The plots twists and turns keep the story moving. I could not get the use of much of business stuffs. It was beyond my understanding. But all and all this was a good read. This book seems very apt for bollywood movie adaptation. I won’t be surprised it that happens in future.
The use of hindi couplets made the book a nice read. The most favorite of mine is:
Waqt masiha haeh, har gham ko samaa lega, Lekin waqt haeh, waqt lega, Tab tak kaun mujhe dava dega?
Yuheen chalta rahega yeh gham ka silsila umr bhar, Kabhi yeh dard ko hawa dega, Kabhi yeh dard ko dawa dega.
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 ‘The Emissary’. Set in the 1940’s in British India and Nazi Germany, the story draws a comparison between untouchability in India and anti-Semitism in Europe. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Preeti and sons Shloak and Parv.