“Shilpa has done a very engrossing narrative of capturing the contradictions and compulsions that so many face in their personal and professional lives. Through Jyotsna’s journey, she brings out the constant struggle to find the right balance between emotions and practicality, aspirations and values, short term gains and sustainable life. She has deep insight of the corporate dynamics and hence to label Double or Quits as a work of fiction will be fictitious. There are the chilling realities, however unreal they may appear. Very interesting reading, coming straight from the heart, and one which will keep the reader hooked till the very end.” – Mr. Pradeep Bhargava, Director, Cummins India Ltd.
“Fast, real, gripping, this one's a stunner. Double or Quits sweeps the reader along with unusual narrative force and insight, bringing alive unforgettable characters and hard-hitting situations. This is no typical story of winning and losing – it is about going down and springing back with life on our side.” – Mr. Randhir Khare, Author/Poet, Director, Gyaan Adab
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 is a graduate of IIT Roorkee and IIM Ahmedabad. After 13 successful years in Investment Banking, she now pursues her passion for writing, painting and travelling. Double or Quits is Shilpa’s second novel.