Book Review:The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer: A Bombay story by Laxmi Hariharan


NOW AVAILABLE: The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Amazon bestselling author Laxmi Hariharan! This is a character-driven YA thriller with an awesome female protagonist, and she's set to take Bombay by storm, even if it means putting her life in the balance.

About The Book

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A girl desperate to rescue her best friend.
A cop willing to do anything to save the city he serves.
A delusional doctor bent on Bombay's annihilation.

When Ruby Iyer's best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Kamini Braganza, she will do anything to rescue him. Anything, including taking the help of the unpleasant Vikram Roy, a cop on a mission to save Bombay.

The city needs all the help it can get, and these two are the only thing standing between Bombay and its complete annihilation by Doctor Braganza’s teen army.

As Bombay falls apart around them, will Ruby be able to save her friend and the city? Will she finally discover her place in a city where she has never managed to fit in? And what about her growing feelings for Vikram?

About the Author

Lax.selfieA near life experience told Laxmi Hariharan to write. She never stopped.Laxmi is the creator of Ruby Iyer, and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). She has been a journalist and a global marketer with NBCU and MTV. Laxmi also blogs for Huffington Post, among others.

London is where she writes. Bombay is what fires her imagination.

Reach her @laxmi or at


  • ISIN: B00NB3CP9C
  • Genre: YA / Fiction
  • Publishers: Jacaranda
  • Price: Rs. 99/- (I got this book from Badass Marketing for review)
 Me thinks

A fast paced thriller is what this book promises to be and not one single dull moment in the entire book. It leaves  the reader wanting for more from this series.

A perfect start to a series that is definitely promising and rises the expectations of the readers. When I was approached for a review of this book the only word that made me say YES was "Bombay". I am in love with that city and just the fact that this story is based in that city automatically made it a worth to be read for me.

I breathe that city every time I am there and this book just made re-live that city yet again through its words. Ruby Iyer - the character the more I say about the more it will seem less. She feels like the perfect personification of a elite Mumbaikar. You warm up to her in more than one ways and she is here to stay, she will make a space for herself in your hearts never to leave forever.

The narrative is pretty fast paced and one that will keep the reader engrossed till the end. I lived Ruby Iyer in every word, every page - her anger, her frustations, her joy, her cheer, her victory it felt as if she was a very close friend and I was witnessing her life with my own eyes. And that is what makes this book a superb read! It is UN-put-down-able to put it simply.

Young Adult as a genre is pretty vast and a lot of responsibility lies on the writer to ensure that the storyline and the plot is one that holds the reader till the last page. The excitement that she has managed to build in the climax is spell bounding so to speak for you can actually see that you are rooting for Ruby, cheering for her and wanting it to be a happy ending forgetting for a moment that it is a book and no matter what you do the ed is already predecided.

This ability as a writer is truly commendable and for that I would say Ms. Laxmi Hariharan take a bow :)

A strongly recommended read for all people who love reading such thrilling works that leave you asking for more!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like a fruit tart - crunchy, sweet, juicy and absolutely tempting!

Source: Google Images

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  1. Thanks for the review Namrata. Pleased you enjoyed reading Ruby's story :)

    1. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity :)

  2. awesome review Namrata. That's the second review of this book I am reading, without having read the book, still the review itself was quite exciting in it's own way and made me want to get this book. Also reading your review made me think about how many books of Mumbai, the city I grew up in and have been living in since then, have I read. I think I will go around and find some good non fiction novels with Mumbai at their heart. Any recommendations?


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