Rupee Millionaires – Frank Kusy
This was an enjoyable story, easy to read, and probably based on the writer’s own experiences as he travelled around Asia, with particular emphasis on India. A likeable person, trying to make a living buying in India, importing his goods (mainly silk clothing and later silver jewellery and fake designer goods), and selling on in the UK. We hear of his adventures both in business, love and travel. He starts with a market stall, takes on a rather dubious business partner and they expand rapidly. Eventually however, the two fall out as his partner is pulled further and further into the world of drugs and eventually almost bankrupting him. His tales of India, its culture and religions are enthralling and he brings to life the characters and corruption that were rife in India during the 80s and 90s. Funny in places, sad and scary in others, the main character has huge swings in fortune being almost a millionaire at one stage of his life, and virtually bankrupt at another. He has himself admitted to a rehabilitation unit at one point in order to avoid the taxman and has to move because he is under constant threat of murder from his paranoid and frightening ex-business partner. Eventually, rather late in life he does marry and starts to slow down his workaholic life style. Whilst all this is happening he has changed religion and tries (somewhat unsuccessfully) to becoming a practising Buddhist. His intentions are good but he makes many human errors along the way and this just makes his whole character likeable and easy to identify with. India has always been on my list of places I would like to visit and even if I never go there physically, this book makes me feel as though I have! A good story, full of adventure and very interesting characters, I would urge anyone with an interest in entrepreneurism or travel, to give it a try!