‘No more ill-fitting lab coats or smelly latex gloves! I would be a banking babe, don a sexy business suit and shiny pearls, attend cocktail receptions and fancy dinners.’
Enamoured by the glamorous lives of the investment-banking hopefuls in Wellesley College, Massachusetts, pre-med student Riya Jain decides to become an investment banker. Her sole ambition is to secure an internship and, eventually, a full-time job with the prestigious Wall Street firm Goldstein Smith. There, she’d manage multi-million dollar projects, enjoy long corporate lunches and party at the hottest nightclubs in New York City. Riya’s boss is determined to make her life hell; her unkempt colleagues fail miserably to live up to her image of I-bankers, and, as an intern, the hours are long and stressful. Having escaped the cut-throat world of investment banking, Gautam Pandey, I-banker-turned-financial-journalist, seems to be the only contented one around. Now it’s Riya turn to decide where her happiness lies—within the hallowed halls of Goldstein, or in the world outside.
Written with refreshing candour, There Is No Love On Wall Street by Ira Trivedi lays bare the seductive world of investment banking where expense accounts always come with strings attached.
A darkly fascinating snapshot of the glittering and brittle lives of the rich and famous of Delhi, its glamourous page 3 swish-set, The Great Indian Love Story is set in a world where appearances mean everything and nothing is as it seems.
In this whirl of wild parties, sex and drugs we meet Serena Sharma who lives her life one debauched night at a time, always falling for the wrong men. Her life is a rollercoaster ride: her father’s death, her mother’s remarriage, a broken heart and a lost love. Adding to this is her torrid affair with Amar Khanna who is a trophy husband, coke addict and serial adulterer. Riya, jaded by her unsuccessful attempt to find a job in America, returns to Delhi to find the city of her childhood changed beyond recognition. Striking an unlikely friendship with Serena, Riya finds her complacent torpor shattered. The Great Indian Love Story is also the story of Parmeet, Serena’s mother, who looks for passion outside her marriage with disastrous consequences, and R.C. Sharma, Parmeet’s husband, who is driven to violence by her infidelity.
What Would You Do to Save the World?: Confessions of a Could-have-been Beauty Queen
Riya has always had a secret ambition—winning the coveted Miss Indian Beauty crown.
It’s Riya’s chance to turn fantasy into reality. The Miss Indian Beauty contest could well be her ticket to instant fame and success. After all, she’s good-looking, intelligent, confident and, most importantly, tall—how difficult could it be? But Riya is in for a dose of reality, as she soon finds herself in the company of twenty-two gorgeous girls, under house arrest in a five-star hotel in Mumbai for a rigorous training session that will test them all to their limits.
With each girl’s eyes set on the crown, the mood is emotionally charged and the atmosphere intense, exhilarating, vicious and explosive all at once. “What Would You Do to Save the World?” is a delightfully entertaining first novel which reveals the dust behind the diamonds, the tears behind the plastic smiles, and dishes the dirt on what really goes on behind the scenes of a beauty pageant.