Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Indian Tycoon's Marriage Deal


Krish Dev, offspring and heir of the Dev Empire, makes Maya Shome an offer which she couldn’t refuse. So The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal begins with a bang. Right at the beginning, the writer has spelled out clearly what Krish wants and why Maya accepts an offer which any young, financially independent girl would not have accepted so easily – a contract marriage with no exit clause.

Kamalkant Dev, the man who embodied Dev Group of Enterprises had wronged Maya’s father, and she latched on to the opportunity to enter the Dev household and expose the skeleton in Kamalkant’s cupboard.

However, she had no idea she would fall in love with Krish and go through several heartbreaking moments assuming that he was just playing the part of the concerned husband as scripted by the contract they both had signed.

This is a finely crafted romance with both the main characters knowing what they want from the other, though none of them really knows what is in the other’s mind.

True to its characters, the scenes of the novel are set in five-star hotels, corporate corridors with plush decors, and the picturesque landscapes of Dehradun’s mountains. The Krish Dev-Maya Shome love story moves through unexpected twists and turns and your heart beats faster for both of them as you turn page after page.

Adite Banerjie’s style is cinematic. She has dealt with the complicated plot with ease. Characters of Krish, Kamalkant and Maya are intermittently endearing, abominable and fragile. I couldn’t help noticing such an accurate description of the corporate world - either Adite has worked in the corporate environment or she’s a damn good researcher. She also knows where to start a scene and where to cut, just like a movie script.

The romance comes in the right way at the right time. Unforced and natural.

Some of her sentence compositions are noteworthy:

Maya’s angst had projected itself into the universe.

Love was an overrated emotion that only brought tears and pain in its wake.

Rage and revenge. They had the acrid smell of burning flesh and the searing heat of embers.

The writer has put to good use some of the habits of Indian multi-millionaires - I liked her selection of the car Prius, Baloo the dog and why was I surprised when KD sent his private plane for Krish? I should have known that multi-millionaires don’t travel by public transport.

However there are a few rough edges which could have been smoothened out. At the coffee shop, Maya doesn’t mention that she’d been fired by KD. Though it is revealed at a later stage, it comes a bit late.

When Maya leaves the party to search for some proof against KD, Krish goes out to look for her. There is a build-up of tension with Krish moving towards the office and Maya rummaging through KD’s office. This to-and-fro movement lags a little, it could have been crisper.

In a flashback point, the hospital nurse gives Maya a photograph taken on her ninth birthday. Later on, another scene mentions the photograph as having been taken on her tenth birthday.

However, these are minor hiccups which are not noticed once you get involved in the story. The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal has everything for romance fans and is a strong contender for a Bollywood movie. 

This review was written after winning the novel in a competition organized by The Book Club.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Hi Neelesh,
Very well written review. It is detailed and it talks about all the aspects of writing and the story. Enjoyed reading it.
Cheers n tc.