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Book Review: Destiny of Shattered Dreams by Nilesh Rathod

Book Name: Destiny of Shattered Dreams

Author: Nilesh Rathod

Publisher: Rupa Publications

Pages: 254

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. He lives in Mumbai, you may email him at or visit his webpage You may also follow him on twitter @authornilesh or at


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. It is also a moving portrayal of the fallibility of love.

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 be 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.


As claimed in the synopsis, Destiny of Shattered Dreams is indeed a fast-paced thriller set in the business world with some politics peppered here and there. The rich undertone of business and its complex web of accounts, finance, equity shares, money laundering, illicit affairs & murders is what sets this book apart from the rest of the thrillers in this genre. The protagonist Atul’s enigmatic state of mind has been well portrayed by Nilesh. The various stages of his downfall have been explained in depth which provides a wholesome experience to the readers. Just when you think that Indian authors know nothing than producing mushy candyfloss books or rehash of mythology, here comes an author who pens a brilliant & gripping storyline of a corporate world with political nexus.

The book also emphasizes on another strong aspect – relationships. If you think that the book would be completely filled with business nomenclature and nothing else, you’re definitely wrong. Nilesh deftly explores the intricacies of relationships and how they would stand the test of time. He promptly answers this question, does love fade away from a relationship down the line? This is further supported by the sub-plot which makes the protagonist Atul vulnerable to an extra-marital affair. The female lead Roshni comes around as a strong woman yet endangered in love. The other female lead Aarti believes in pure & undying love, despite the baggage that Atul carries from his past. Also, Nilesh throws light upon how relationships are fragile and tend to end up in a mess if not treated properly.

The other characters Prem, Anil, Rakesh and Qazi serve as pillars for Atul. I liked Qazi especially. His pearls of wisdom on relationships and other things were really enriching. The political characters were also strongly written. The story was more into showing than telling, with Nilesh elaborately explaining every scene and its surroundings. I also loved the poems which come at crucial moments in the story. Like this one,

“To make my own the stars,

I search for the radiance of the lanterns,

I keep gazing over the avenue,

In search of silhouettes of the stars in the pathways.

Search for meaning of life in your embrace.

Search for my karma in your hands,

I know I am an outsider but

Search for my likeness in your eyes….”

On the flip side, the length of the book was a tad long. Nilesh could have brought out a crisper product by chopping off some unnecessary scenes and dialogues. Also, some of the business terms might be understood only by a few. For the casual reader, it might seem like Greek & Latin. Nevertheless, you can enjoy the story as it can keep you at the edge of your seat.

Overall, Destiny of Shattered Dreams is a nail-biting and racy read packed with tense moments. Go for it if you love corporate thrillers!

Rating: 4/5

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Kavya Janani.U


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