Book Fancy : Boomtown

Boomtown

Another raconteur sprouting from the illustrious soils of IITs/IIMs onto the Indian mass-market fiction scene is Aditya Mukherjee with his novel Boomtown. Delve with us in his young entrepreneurial dreams.

THE BOOK

Boomtown coalesces tradition with innovation and offers a fresh, imaginative storyline to the young Indian readers. It unravels the journey of four youngsters, enveloped with an array of obstacles, but determined to materialize their gumptious dream of setting up a chain of fusion restaurants.

THE AUTHOR

Aditya Mukherjee is an IIM Bangalore alumnus and works for a management consulting firm in Delhi. In his debut novel he digresses from the effulgent path of his predecessors who rollick with semi-autobiographical campus nostalgia or non-fictional success mantras.

THE READ

Mukherjee spins a breezy tale of friendship and enterprise, of grappling snobbish investors, bumptious property agents and ill-disposed system. He fudges together some really luscious fusion recipes; try savoring traditional mughlai curry with a pinch of vanilla essence, gulab jamuns flavored with apples or hot coffee diced with lime.

THE NARRATION

Boomtown embodies an animated conversational flourish. It is peppered with some gut-busting episodes like arranging plate in a restroom for a food review session or releasing a millipede as a triumphant tactic to walk out from a restaurant, leaving its readers amused.

THE HIGHS

Vivid characterization, scrumptious recipes and amusing anecdotes are Mukherjee’s calling cards and the young chef Jaaved radiating with fortitude and ideas steals the show.

THE LOWS

The title is captivating but does little justice to the story. Realism at certain places hinges on stereotypes – the old worldliness of Chandini Chowk, Khan Mian’s Khan boding the aura of the Karim’s or Roy’s punctilious parents oozing with fears and comparisons.

GOOD FOR YOU

Bon viveurs, hankering entrepreneurs, college neophytes, budding fibbers, masterchef wannabes all can toss their flavors and enter Boomtown.

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