Book Review : Destiny of Shattered Dreams by Nilesh Rathod


Published on : June, 2016

Publisher : Rupa Publications India

Pages : 251

Source : Review copy received from the author

Format : Paperback

Rating : 3.5 / 5

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Synopsis : An insider’s view into what goes on behind the glittering façade 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 aides 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.

My view : This is a debut novel of Nilesh Rathod and brilliantly describes the intricacies of the corporate world. Destiny of Shattered Dreams is a story of making and breaking of a man’s stardom. We are shown the complicated problems and politics that goes on in a business and how a simple man gets entangled into a web of lies and corruption.

Atul Malhotra is a man of wits and talent. He is everything that a common man working a regular job wishes to be. Suave, ambitious, intelligent and a crafty businessman, Atul overcame all the troubles of his life, left a mediocre job to start his own venture and slowly climbed the ladder of success. However, his personal life was falling to pieces as his marriage of eleven years breaks down gradually due to neglect on the home front and the usual issues that come with commitment. Life takes swift turns and lands him in a quicksand where no matter what decision he takes, he sinks deep into trouble.

Being a debut novelist, Nilesh has an unusual flair for writing. His knowledge of the corporate jargon as well as different spheres of life is captivating and one will be instantly drawn to his simplistic writing style. The few lines of verses in between the chapters is so enchanting that even after finishing the book I have picked it up again and re-read those verses. Each of those times, my skin has broken into gooseflesh. There is no doubt that Nilesh Rathod is an exceptionally talented author.

The characterization of Aarti was realistic and non-antagonizing. Seldom do we come across a thoughtful and mature “other woman” whom we don’t end up hating. The author’s description of Aarti is such that we can empathize with her sorrows and understand her desire for happiness. I was particularly in love with the character of Qazi. His maturity and considerate attitude was extremely needed in the book and I would have loved to see more of him.

The excellent portrayal of politicians and corrupted individuals tainting honest, naïve businessmen with dirt and wrongdoings opens the eyes of many. In spite of trying his best to keep the company out of the dishonest hands, Atul’s TTL falls disgracefully into the mesh of bribes and violence. It is not till the end that he finds the answer to his troubles.

What I found disheartening was the emotional deprivation of Atul and his constant seeking of acceptance. I had expected a man of that stature to be a bit more self-assured. However, we as readers have a lot of demands that puts a toll on the writer’s conscience.

Many a times, dialogues and information were repeated unnecessarily. Instead of emphasising, it became a common source of annoyance. The ending was tragic but somewhat OTT (over the top). It could have been made more realistic to my taste but many readers might find that the drama was an essential evil.

As a debut novel, it could not have been better. Introspective and engrossing, this book leaves a bittersweet aftertaste as you are left wondering how destructive the devil inside us can become.

Nikalta hain ghar se sharafat ke irade se,

Phir har roz, har pal, lashon ke malbon se guzarta kyun haeh?

From out the homestead you emerge with an intent of civility,

Then why each day, each moment, do you pass by the debris of corpses?


Happy reading !




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. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Preeti and sons Shloak and Parv. You may reach him at or

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