Stilettos in the Newsroom by Rashmi Kumar


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.

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10 Responses to “Stilettos in the Newsroom by Rashmi Kumar”

  1. Smita Says:

    Have read it and found it okish. In fact I have found 2-3 flaws and am for sure gonna ask the author about them

    • anaamica Says:

      2-3 flaws? Now I am all curious. Want to share your findings?

      • Smita Says:

        Well go check out the book and see the 2nd chapter. Don’t u feel it is out of place? I felt there was no need to talk about Delhi job (which she talked about later), it just confused me. Plus she is also shown chatting with a banker (online BF or something like that) who doesn’t appear again! Nor do her best frenz (which appear in 2nd chapter) e.g. Gyan!!!

        I am planning to send a mail to the author 😀

      • anaamica Says:

        Now that you mentioned it, yes, I do remember feeling utterly confused. In fact, I went back to the first chapter to check whether she was in Pune or Delhi. Also, even the chapters about her friend’s wedding and her own wedding. I think the chapter numbers were messed up or something because I was reading a chapter where Radhika is attending her friend’s wedding and the next chapter is suddenly about her wedding! And then the next chapter is back to her friend’s wedding. It was very confusing.

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  3. Smita Says:

    Exactly my point dear. That was another chapter which confused me to bits. I could think of few scenarios for the mistake

    a- She wanted to confuse ppl
    b- Proof check wasn’t done
    c- wrong manuscript was sent for printing 😀

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  5. Sinedie Says:

    It is a short novel by one Rashmi Kumar. The author belongs to the GenX (uses foul language liberally and shows little respect for values). The portrayal is of an ambitious lady hard working (sic) journalist from Delhi. As usual no story, worse than one-and-only Mills and Boons I unknowingly read.

    To sum up the quality of ‘thought’ of the author, who doesn’t understand why (self-admittedly) senior and the most competent person (lady) should be ‘jealous’ of promotion over her to an extent to call her unfair names (w****) when actually one of her rules (Rule 18) was, ‘Don’t be guilty about kissing a****s’ — which was (self-admittedly) the ticket to her appointment-cum-promotion from her lady boss! Elsewhere in the book there is definite self-admitted evidence that suggests that the accusation might have been spot-on.

    To sum up the quality of the preperation of the book and the publisher, chapter 25 (wedding) was swapped with chapter 26 (engagement).

    In the end it was supposed to be a story of a modern ambitious talented beautiful girl’s lovel story, a story that hardly revolves around love.

    Think it is crap? I bet!!

  6. bastab Says:

    Here’s my review of ‘Stilettos in the Newsroom’ on ‘Between The Lines’:
    http://unpublisho.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/book-review-stilettos-in-the-newsroom-by-rashmi-kumar/

    Please check it out.

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