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Updated: August 14, 2013 18:03 IST

Going to town

Devvrat Sharma
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Aditya Mukherjee.
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Aditya Mukherjee.

Aditya mukherjee's debut novel "Boomtown", explores the meeting of four different individuals from different social and professional backgrounds with one common dream.

When the new generation explores new avenues of profession, most of them stumble upon an ignored passion. For Aditya Mukherjee, it was a mixture of passions culinary and literary. “Boomtown”, his debut novel, explores the meeting of four different individuals from different social and professional backgrounds with one common dream. It tells a tale of constructive rebellion driven by aspiration, failures and disenchantment with status quo that brings together the protagonists for a delectable journey of entrepreneurship, or “foodpreneurship”.

Aditya was very sure that his first novel would be about entrepreneurship as he finds it close to his heart, and because he wanted it to provide a slice of life. Asked if any of the characters are drawn from life, he said that his characters have some of the traits of his friends with whom he started his first company. He also said that he has just finished writing one more manuscript with his brother in which he explores the theme of “vigilantism”, a theme that has been explored in Western comics.

The book was launched recently at India International Centre by Shashi Tharoor, Minister for the State for HRD recently.

Tharoor talked about how it was expected, as the British left the country, that there would be a decline in the number of English writers. Although this proved untrue, there weren’t many writers at that time writing ‘Indian’ stories in English. “In these past dozen years new writers have come up who write Indian stories in English and Aditya is one of them,” he said.

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