The Saga of Doury & Yodi (Chapter III)
Characters inspired by Vysa’s great Indian epic. The story line is set somewhere in the distant future. In no way should the storyline be compared to Vyasa’s magnum opus
Nayan Ananda Goswami
Krey is what every youngster wants to be. Tall dark handsome, popular; No! Change that to – immensely popular with the girls. Well read, witty, had a way with words, a good musician, could weave magic with the pipes. Skilled in a variety of martial arts and a master with the Chakram, an ancient martial arts weapon. He was a natural leader, popular with the masses, industrious, an efficient businessman and a born diplomat. He was one person you don’t mess with, and you want on your side, always. He was the neutral king maker every business house turned to, for reconciliation and mergers and deals. Nobody understood what Krey stood for.
Krey had a tough life. Hounded by enemies as a child, raised by loving foster parents he led his small business very well. He knew how to pick his battles. Once he chose to shift base, post a powerful competitor’s incessant attempts to destroy his business. He could have put up a fight. There were dozens of conglomerates who would have openly backed him. But he just shifted base, built a new business from scratch and led his employees from the front. It was like one big family for him. And it was of course a blessing to have Balreyh as an elder brother, and an aide to run the business.
Balreyh was super industrious, feared and respected by all. He was the righteous upright leader who never took sides. He lived his life for his extended family, anybody he cared for, was his family! A massive 7 feet frame with the strength of a bull adept in a variety of fighting skills and weapons, Balreyh was someone who everyone left alone. Not for the intimidating structure alone, but for the incomparable wisdom and boardroom moves he carried.
Insiders know and it is a common corridor-gossip about how Balreyh had once almost brought the entire Kooroo group to a closure – he planned a coup-de-grace, which had brought the Kooroo group to the brink of closure. And then, he backed out! Let go everything! He had received an apology and hence the deal was squared, in his mind, so he backed out. That was Balreyh, will keep to himself, yearning no foes. The gentle giant no one messes with.
Doury and Bremz visit the same gym, which I know, sounds weird, but they drop all animosity just to be able to get some tips from Balreyh on wrestling and boardroom wisdom. Balreyh treated them like his young kid brothers and showered his affections on both. Balreyh’s love was impartial and knew no bounds and saw no creed, lineage, pedigree.
The entire fiasco of the boardroom battle Balreyh fought alone, personally, bringing the Kooroo group to its knees was because of love too! Krey’s son Samby had eloped with Doury’s daughter, Lakky.
Balreyh had intervened saying if the kids love each other, do not bring business feuds in between. He had tried reasoning with Doury too. Doury’s love for his daughter had made him have a momentary lapse of reason and he accepted the Kooroo patriarch Brizm’s idea of flexing their muscles and tried using the ‘Kooroo influence’ to force and arm twist Samby to back off.
That is when Balreyh felt insulted and had played his cards as a lone wolf bringing the entire Kooroo group to their knees. Doury realized Lakky’s love and happiness mattered more than boardroom matchmakings, went to Balreyh and apologised. Balreyh, the gentle giant with childlike innocence, raised his palm for a high five, asked Doury to help with the weights on his bar and they both worked out for an hour or so. Next morning the Kooroo group officials were surprised that the hostile take-over had been called off. That’s Balreyh, the loving, wise, gentle giant. And he still loves Doury and Bremz unconditionally, as if, nothing ever happened.
Balreyh ran the business as Krey was always away, busy negotiating deals and mergers for others. Krey had his own vision of building a completely new ecosystem. He wanted a change which no one could foresee. If you want to bring in a big change, you must get the biggest players into the game and that’s where the Kooroo Paendeey conglomerate fitted in.
Youdi and Krey were cousins. Youdi’s mother Kinny was Krey’s aunt, sister of his biological father. Krey was the philosopher, guide, mentor for Youdi and his 4 brothers. Every decision they took was run through by Krey, for sure.
As I mentioned before, nobody knew what Krey stood for or what moves he is planning. I always feel Krey wasn’t being the ‘helping cousin’ for Youdi and his brothers when he had planned his moves for the epic boardroom war.
A microscopic viral pandemic had once shaped the destinies of nations in the bygone era and changed businesses and industries and the entire way of life. I think Krey was planning something similar. To disrupt the set norms and trends and usher in a new way of life. To do that, you will need to disrupt, dismantle and crush everything up & running, to usher in the new.
I think that was Krey’s plans… Destroy everything and establish a new order !
Nayan Ananda Goswami lives to D.R.E.A.M. – Drink, Read, Eat, Amble (about), Music & Movies. A reclusive reluctant writer. In love & awe of the absence of the quintessential ‘Good over Evil’ in the 2 Indian epics.