Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Book Review: The Indian Tycoon's Marriage Deal by Adite Banerjie

On the jacket:

Dancing with the enemy

Krish Dev needs to find a bride—and quick! With a marriage arranged by his father looming, Krish finds the key to his freedom in Maya Shome, but is this dazzling beauty really all she seems...?

Maya has only one thing in mind: revenge. But when the host of the most exclusive high society party asks her to dance what is meant to be an innocent tango leads to an engagement to Krish—her enemy’s son!

Arranging their own marriage could work to their advantage…if they can resist mixing business with pleasure!


I am not sure how it is with the current generations but any girl who reads and has been a teenage till about millennium struck, has had a phase where they were addicted to Mills & Boons novels. So have I. My girl friends and I have bought, borrowed, sneaked in & out, begged for - in short, done everything possible to grab and read as many M&Bs as possible. Of course, there is a section of the society which looks down at them, but I say, they are just snobs. One can love their classics and their M&Bs equally.

Now, when sometime last year I first heard about M&B's Indian author collection, I was zapped. Frankly, it didn't sound exciting. I mean, Indian romance is always so cheesy and filmy!! But, I have read three titles so far, and I accept, that was a wrong mindset to keep. The standards have been maintained and while the characters and the backdrops of the stories have changed, the feeling remains.

The Indian Tycoon's Marriage Deal is a small pocket-edition of a book, and a quick read. A story about Maya, out to avenge her the injustice his father faced in the hands of tycoon KD, through the twist of fate, ends up married to KD's son Krish. Father and son are poles apart and hate each other. As is typical of M&B novels, Maya and Krish have a sizzling chemistry from the moment they meet, yet avoid each other like plague. 

I loved that Maya was not a typical journo or ad professional, but a landscape artist. I loved how Maya and Krish were not made to look larger than life, the best looking people on this earth. They were made to look as two attractive individuals, more realistic. What I also loved was how minimalistic, yet explanatory the characters' pasts were - like Maya was orphaned and had a tragic life ever since her 10th birthday, but that's all the author made it sound - sad, not dramatic. Only part of the book that I didn't like was the male protagonist's name - Krish somehow didn't go well, for me. 

The plot moves in a steady pace and the narration is perfect. Banerjie's years of experience shows in the book, she knows her craft well. 

Rating: ****/5

[The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]


  1. Fertility Rituals

    Marriage is one of the biggest fertility rituals Known in Indian culture. When two people get married. they are said to enter grihasta ashram where they are expected to bear children. satify their sexual urge, earn money and follow religious practices. Hindu marriages profess the idea of coming together of the energies and paving way to a new creation.

    Offering of Grains

    Throughout India, one thing that remains common to all communities is offring of grains in wedding ceremony. Mostly rice, puffed rice or whole grains, these grains are fed to the sacred fire in different ceremonies.

    Importance of Shiva's Bael leaves

    Holy Bael leaves are proffered in several ceremonies before the wedding and after it. In many communities in india, before the wedding day arrives, Bael leaves are placed in earthen pots which are topped with different kinds of cereals. After the wedding, the sprouted seedlings are then released in a flowing river or a pool. This ritual is performed to invoke blessings of Lord Shiva upon the married couple and pray for their progeny.

    Vishnu's pious Lotus

    As per mythology, at the time of creation of the universe, while lord Vishnu was pondering over the creation of mankind, a pious lotus rose out of his navel. On that lotus was seated Lord Brahma who paved way to the creation and illumination of the universe. Thus, lotus remains symbolic of procreation, birth and fertility. It is Therefore, offered during wedding puja to the gods to confer potency upon the couple. Also, At the time of a Hindu wedding, the bride and the groom are given the stature of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu because they represent the eternal companionship and exemplify how a relationship between husband and wife should be.

    Nose ring

    Usually seen as a piece of accessory, almost all brides sport nose ring on their wedding day. In some communities, girls are told to get their nose pierced before they tie the knot.

    Sacred coconut rituals

    Across India, since time immemorial coconut has enjoyed its association with human fertility in a sacrosanct manner. In Gujarat, there is a ritual of bride presenting a coconut in a customary way to the groom at the time of the marriage. Here coconut is symbolic of the progency of the couple that the bridegifts the groom. Of all the fruits, coconut is most closely related to human skull because of the three marking on its base that resemble human facial features.

    The mantras of virility

    During saat pheras in a Hindu marriage, there are several mantras that are chanted for progency of the couple. While the first phera is for a long lasting companionship, in the second Phera, "Kutumburn rakshayishyammi sa aravindharam", the bride promises the groom that she will fill his with love and will bear children of him.

    The History

    There was a time when potency was considered as the be all and all of all activities. The earliest ritual of fertility among Hindus can be dated back to the Harappan civilization where it has been discovered that people worshipped clay figurines of a mother goddess who represented fertility. Several phallic symbols representing gods in sitting position wearing bull's horns (Bull being a universal symbol of male potency) have also been found at the sites of indus Valley Civilization. As the world evolved and ancient civilizations paved way to the modern societies, marriage started being considered as a mandatory ceremony before women could conceive. Also, the idea of marriage was propelled by the thought of having the family legacy move ahead; so that families could get heirs.

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