The first thing you notice about this book is it is not about some guy who graduated out of IIM and landed himself a job in an MNC company. What a relief! When every second book released (my exaggeration) by an Indian author is about IIM or IIT graduates, this book comes as a breath of fresh air. Rashmi Kumar debuts as an author with this book and it does make you sit up and take notice.
Stilettos in the Newsroom is about Radhika, a fresh graduate who finds herself a copy editing job in a newspaper. The book takes us through her roller coaster ride called life and how she manages to keep herself sane in the crazy world of press.
The book is written in a very informal, chatty style which might put off some readers. I found it a bit irritating at first, what with ‘Arre’ and ‘na’ being used before and after (almost) every statement, but I got used to it with time. This book could have used another round of proof-reading because I found a mistake bang on page one.
‘Arre, baby, but it’s your first day na…’, her voice trails of.
Now, I am no expert proof reader, but shouldn’t that be ‘trails off‘?
Radhika’s character comes across as someone who is desperate to prove herself in her new job. She could have used some more layers though, especially when it comes life outside her office. Also, most of the other characters lack life – except for one, Tina. It’s funny because Tina’s character hardly has any dialogues, but yet I could connect with her. Sushmita is another character which comes across as real.
For people who are ignorant of newsrooms and what goes inside, this book gives you a peel into the life of a reporter.
The book moves fast and is over before you know it. This book is for one of those weekends where you want some light entertainment and don’t want to work up your grey cells. It is a good filler between two heavy books because this book is light as a feather, literally and figuratively.