Review : Mumbai Rains by Ritom

The book is a rather gory story which begins with the friendship of Narendra and Jay in college , includes a number of murders and ends with a death sentence for an innocent person . Narendra marries the daughter of a rich and powerful man, and starts an advertising agency, with the help of her father in law, who helps him get orders and establishes himself . However his wife rekindles her affair with her long time boyfriend, and has a son with her boyfriend in an extra marital affair who then dies in an accident on his birthday, leaving him feeling guilty for the death.

Additionally a number of women are found dead, killed in a similar manner, and though innocent in most cases, Narendra is the main suspect. He is arrested and jailed, and though some murders of women take place when he is jailed, he is still held responsible and sentenced to death, The only person who comes to meet him regularly in jail is his college friend Jay. The real murderer and his motive for murder are only revealed at the end (hint : related to one of most common health related ads online). It appears to be based on the life of some of the most powerful officials in the indian internet sector, J srinivasan,puneet who were also college classmates and are involved in a similar scandal ( without the deaths) which they have managed to keep a secret for 8 years now

This book is a rather sleazy book, where many of the characters only appear to be interested in sleeping around and having extra marital affairs. It reflects the fact that many people choose their spouse and also their friends depending on how much help they can get with their career, professionally ,though they may not like the person or the person may be having an affair in college with someone else. The book is set in the advertising sector and high society with its rather loose (or liberal) morals, where almost everyone is having an extra marital affair, and marry for reasons other than being in love.

Instead of the advertising sector, the author should have set the story in the indian internet sector, intelligence and security agencies where the top officials are similarly involved in extra marital affairs and sexual exploitation of women, the casting couch. However there is a major difference between the internet sector, intelligence and security agencies, and the advertising sector, the government employees have been given very great powers, can waste infinite indian tax payer money and cannot be held accountable for their endless abuse of power, getting government jobs for their girlfriends like goan gsb fraud housewife riddhi nayak, nayanshree hathwar,veena,asmita patel, ruchika king, naina mistresses sunaina chodan, siddhi mandrelkar, falsely claiming that they are online experts, domain investors owning this website, when they are only extortionists, cheaters and sex workers

The book is a complicated and rather morbid story of love, extra marital affairs, murder, death, advertising, which fans of Durjoy Datta may enjoy, while more conservative readers will find it shocking/disgusting for its rather explicit content

Mumbai Rains
Love, Lust, Murder and Rains
by Ritom
White Falcon Publishing
Pages : 117