Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
About this Book:
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
Shilpa Gupta’s Double or quits was a fast-paced, exciting yet emotional read. The way Jyotsna’s character is portrayed is commendable. She is a strong female protagonist with a hard past who makes a name for herself. The book begins with an interesting narrative. Being a female in today’s corporate world isn’t easy when people demean your ideas based on gender. Enter Mr Aryan Sahani, the charismatic billionaire who is kinda sexist as Jyotsna believes which isn’t the truth as we soon find out.
The thing I didn’t like about this book was Aryan and Jyotsna’s relationship, it might be a major moving point for the plot, but I found it lacking in that emotional connect. Individually, I was impressed with both the characters, but together, they just didn’t make much sense to me.
This is book is about betrayal and failures in life, that much is evident from the blurb and while I loved the way it was executed, knowing what was about to happen killed the surprising element, and I wasn’t awed by any twists.
Yet I loved reading about how she handled the situation and picked herself up from rock-bottom. That struggle was an inspiration. You can do anything if you just put your mind to it. The friendship bonding of Jyotsna with her girl friends was another enjoyable element. The writing style of the book is quite simple and elegant. It presents the hard stock market terms and explains it in simplistic terms so that the readers can easily understand it. The real story (for me) was towards the end. Everything Jyotsna had experienced, every hardship had molded her and made her stronger. Also, Nitin, I won’t talk much about him but he was my favorite throughout the book.
Another thing I totally loved about this book is that it was so easy to connect with the story because of the realistic approach.