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The First Trillionaire Paperback – 1 Apr 2017
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About the Book : Shail, an ordinary village girl joins a government bank where she gets exposed to the glitterati of the world. It is at this point that she starts nurturing her dreams of becoming a trillionaire. Her quest for success begins on social media where she meets Olivia who is a nonagenarian British multibillionaire. Olivia is facing succession problems in her vast empire; to add to her woes she is challenged by Kran an unconventional scientist who is a major shareholder in Olivia’s US business. Kran diverts Olivia’s US business funds into his futuristic endeavours and coerce Olivia to divert her Asian and European business funds to his company, ‘Near Earth Miners and Space Voyagers’. Back in India, Shail sternly refuses to conform to Bachcha Singh’s suspicious financial transaction in the bank branch the bank branch where Shail works. This subsequently leads to her eventual kidnapping. During this ordeal, Bachcha Singh, Bachcha Singh notes her captive’s high association with Olivia. Due to his perceived inability to handle the kidnapping, he transfers Shail to Musa Khan who is India’s most wanted fugitive. Kidnapped Shail is kept in wretched conditions for several days in a river island in Eastern India and thereafter transferred to the western coast for further transfer abroad; Shail’s condition deteriorates. High on optimism of her freedom, Shail firmly believes that hope heals.
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It has been very candidly written that makes it a simple read for readers and I appreciate that as well.
Shail's character has been perfectly portrayed to the reader as a simple, sensitive and hard working girl and all other characters starting from the local goons to the ruthless assassins have been described well enough to give you a perfect picture of their being.
Unlike most Indian thrillers which are quite dramatic, The First Trillionaire has been presented in a straightforward manner in the first 100 pages which I found gripping because of the story of Shail's mother which was an important aspect of the plot and needed to be introduced to the reader.
The author of the book happens to be a follower of a certain Hindu religious deity and that has been clearly reflected as one of the characters of Shail. The book has a certain aura attached to it that makes the reader feel a bit different.
Most abduction thrillers deal with the struggle of the hostage for freedom while this book focuses more on what was the response of the outside world to Shail's kidnapping.
Cover- 3.5 stars
Title- 3 stars
Blurb- 3 stars
Plot- 3 stars
Writing and Presentation- 3.5
Overall rating- 3.2 stars out of 5
Despite the fact that I loved Vanashree's and Kran's past life and they were important, the author has taken the pain of introducing each and every character with their back stories and going with the flow of reading them all, I concluded that they just added to the number of pages and could have been avoided.
The first chapter of the book makes the reader expect a lot more than the thrill provided regarding Shail's kidnapping. It has been kept way too simple to match the taste of anyone who picks it for a read.
Shail's dreams of becoming a trillionaire would have been much appreciated had they had any reason behind them, rather than being just some day dreams that she uttered in her training programme.
Reviewed By- Banaja Prakashini
Shailputri Singh Rathore is the girl who is at it. The story begins with her kidnapping and asking her poor mother for a large ransom. The poor girl had joined the East India Bank and ends up having to deal with the notorious, Bachcha Singh, who is out to con the bank with his doubtful financial operations. As she is in the procedure of finding out more about it, she ends up getting herself in the midst of the whole thing and gets kidnapped by Bachcha Singh’s people.
But now is the time, when we discover Shail’s identity, which was lost all this while. Shail, who is friends with the billionaire, Olivia is all set to discover more of her own mysterious identity. Olivia turns out to be the mother of a young boy, who dies under unfortunate circumstances, has a strange connection with Shail.
As the story delves deeper, into Shail’s life, we note that prior to this, Shail’s mother Vanashree, her own family, including an uncle, who runs away from home, how he becomes an ultra-cool scientist and how he ends up working with Olivia are all a part of this part.
Vanashree was going away in a helicopter with a childhood friend, young man, when an accident takes away his life. The poor girl finds herself back at her village, when she is helped by her relatives. Vanashree found herself pregnant, with Shail. She drags on and luckily for her, her daughter makes her way up in the world starting with her first job of a banker, in a small town.
Imagine the parts to this book. This was just the personal one. Moving on, we come across why and how her kidnapping happened. Why Bachcha Singh works in cohorts with Musa Khan, and even the whys and hows of the businesses in crime are placed, from banks to export houses, from agriculture to fisheries, from science to diamonds, this book has it all. We travel across India from an island in the east to the western coast with plans to go abroad.
How she ends up taking the title of the book, ‘The First Trillionaire’, how
she survives the whole thing, how Facebook has a part to play, how her mother and her mysterious relatives all play a part in it, how she gets captured, how the big names in the world of crime play out their roles, and eventually how she pulls it off, are all a part of this story, or tale of faith and its eccentrics.
How the author ties all these parts together is quite a brilliant idea, to write all these parts is good in itself and finally to put them all together is a true art. Kudos to the author, Sapna Jha and her translator, Alok Jha to have brought it all together.
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