Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: Stilettos In The Newsroom by Rashmi Kumar

I as a reader has not come across books which talk about professions on a great length or a book which is entirely dedicated on showcasing the bright and dark sides of a profession. Author Rashmi Kumar in her book "Stilettos In The Newsroom" has tried to showcase the various aspects of press and newsrooms and put together a story for the same. So has she nailed it to perfection or the book falters? Let's find out. 

A racy and lively account of a bubbly 28-year-old journalist Stilettos in the Newsroom unravels itself through the eyes of Radhika Kanetkar right from the time she took her first step into the newsroom, got her first story, made bloopers and handled pressures to meet deadlines. In the midst of all this, Radhika experiences a journey of triumph, anguish, jealousy and of course finds her true love Sameer.

A very shiny and a girlish feel to the cover and the title makes it little odd for the opposite gender to pick up the book in the first glance. But as the book's blurb speaks about journalism & newsrooms and press field so the title and the cover gel well with the theme of the book. It gives a corporate feel to it with both the title and the cover image. The blurb is probably the shortest a reader can ever come across but gives enough hints about the story when it talks about Radhika Kanetkar & her professional and personal life. A line or two more would have done wonders to the blurb. 

The story is about Radhika Kanetkar and her first hand experience in the field of journalism. The picture as presented is not rosy and she has to fight her way out of work pressure, jealousy, bossy attitude, mistakes and an ability to commit blunders and break down emotionally most of the times. She hits off well with Sameer & Rajat in a chance meeting and then from there on it's no hold barred when it comes to love as she slogs her way out at work front and takes decisions for herself which don't go down too well with others. So does all the changes work for her at the professional front or she succumbs and fizzles out with time and what happens to her love story? This is what it's all about in the book. 

The story is very light, entertaining and the professional drama unfolding in the office and narrated through Radhika's eyes is wonderful to read. Her rise to success and her not so easy journey is sure to watch out for in the book. The rules written at the end of each chapter can be applied to various places in real life too. It gives a fair bit of glimpse as to what goes on in a newsroom and what it's all about in a press arena. The narration and editing are top notch with no errors at all. 

The downside of the book is the love story which becomes stagnant at one point of time in the book. Either it should have been given a fair bit of coverage in the book or could have been skipped all together. A chapter in particular i.e no. 25 feels absolutely out of place and could have been placed in the last. The depths required to explore a profession at it's fullest lacks too at times. 

Though the book lacks an extensive insight about press and it's aspects but the witty and humorous way to present it works in the favor of the book. It's a readable story because of it's quickness and covering the tiniest details of a profession in a fun manner. It might lack the depth but it certainly makes up for it with the easy going plot and a different theme of the book.


3 OUT OF 5. 

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