Mumbai: In a major drive to promote murder mystery literature by instilling chronological reading habits among youth of today, news websites set their differences aside and joined hands to address the cause.
Lack of reading, as they pointed out, affects the overall development of mind; as a result, the young generation is unaware of a world that has systematically established a written communication system beyond, ‘k, lol, and brb’.
Unfortunately, Playboy hasn’t earned the same status as other good reads despite being one of the most popular print publications of all time, and hence, many found themselves unfairly categorized as anti-readers.
What news websites needed was an event which they could camouflage as a novel and lure those who visit news websites to check the latest cricket score, and once the story of Mukerjeas unfolded; they seized the opportunity and beautifully transformed their website into a novel.
As they say, if you rest your eyes on a page, you would start reading it, and that’s exactly what happened to those innocent cricket enthusiasts who just wanted to go through the sports page to see if Ravindra Jadeja had retired or not.
To cover this multi-starrer complex story, each writer was assigned one character each; and they analyzed each and every angle of the crime, carried out extensive research on the whereabouts of each individual from 2012 to 2015, added POV of cops like professional crime novelists, and then produced chapter after chapter of the story each day, which would have made Agatha Christie struggle for a livelihood had she been living in this era.
Personal columns, which are otherwise reserved for politicians-cum-columnists for mudslinging purposes, have also been utilized to review this novella.
Junior writers, however, are still searching for the missing links and the distant relatives of Mukerjeas to showcase their talent.
While the characters became household names following the grand success of this initiative, those with surnames Mukerjea, Bora, and Khanna started scrutinizing their family trees to see if they are by any chance related to the protagonists of not.
Elders of those families shared the names of their ancestors with the younger ones following their sudden interest in ancestral details.
This case has given the media a new direction along with one of the best analytical problems on family trees, which would circulate on Facebook for years to come.
Unfortunately, this story would fade away in a few days once another Hardik Patel shows up and occupies all the web spaces available, unless Ram Gopal Varma decides to make a movie on the story and presents it as a sequel of The Discovery of India.