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Rupee Millionaires [Kindle Edition]

Frank Kusy
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Book Description

"When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping..."

"a rip-roaring tale of dodgy dealings and hilarious happenings..."

“...something akin to a modern day Siddhartha, with laughs...”

“...a fabulous roller coaster of a ride – unputdownable page turner...”

At 35, Frank was a struggling travel writer with five guides in print but not enough money to pay the rent. Then he met the Colonel in India.

‘You should try business, Frank!’ said the Colonel. ‘It would be a most spiritual experience!’

Spiritual or not, he was right. Five years on, Frank was the foremost wholesaler of hippy-Hindi glad rags in the UK. But at what cost? The problem was his business partner, Spud. A borderline psycho with only one aim in mind – to become a rupee millionaire. With a million, he believed, people would forget he was a short, fat plumber from Peckham and women would flock to his cash.

But then, as he devolved into craziness and his dreams of world domination began to fall apart, he found a new reason for living.

He wanted Frank dead.


STOP PRESS: Frank's much anticipated third memoir - 'Off the Beaten Track: My Crazy Year in Asia' - is now available on Amazon (release date Oct 23rd 2014.)


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About the Author

Frank Kusy is a professional travel writer with nearly thirty years experience in the field. He has written guides to India, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Of his first work, the travelogue Kevin and I in India (1986), the Mail on Sunday wrote: 'This book rings so true of India that most of us will be glad we don't have to go there.' Born in England (of Polish-Hungarian parents), Frank left Cardiff University for a career in journalism and worked for a while at the Financial Times. India is his first love, the only country he knows which improves on repeated viewings. He still visits for business and for pleasure at least once a year. He lives in Surrey, England, with his wife Madge and his little cat Sparky. Frank is also author of two cat books for children - Ginger the Gangster Cat and Ginger the Buddha Cat, both available on Amazon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957585128
  • Publisher: Grinning Bandit Books (October 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FQ7A5WK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can *almost* convince myself I've been to India now. October 17, 2013
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All that can be said about this great book needs to take a moment because what resonates with me so permanently is this real and personal view of India that I haven't experienced before in any book. I'd like to tell Mr. Kusy well done for this fact alone. I'd also like to meet his Mom, because I love her.

I'd really like to hate Spud and his love of treachery and women, but he's endearing in the way that our most flawed friend is. We know they're insane, but we keep them around anyway. Rose and Ram and Nick and Anna are such great additions to the posse and I loved reading about them and their experiences.

This book is a memoir that will make you laugh and cry and feel like you've made friends. You'll fall in love with India and even a little bit with London. A lot of reviews of books say that you will laugh and cry but this book is so genuine and brings you with it that you can't help but experience it and feel all the emotion.

If you have wanderlust or know someone who does, this will be the fix you need. Read it, love it, pass it around.

Maybe Spud just needs a hug.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Author Frank Kusy tells about his many years as a UK dealer and wholesaler of Indian and Asian merchandise, mostly hip Indian clothing and jewelry.

This is really one hell of a yarn, loaded with adventure, humor, and love for life, people, and places. Some people have such an energy and receptiveness that their lives are one adventure after another, and it seems Mr. Kusy is one of those, and also a natural born story teller.

In the course of his work Kusy made many buying trips to India. A lot of this business has to be conducted on the edges of legality. In this business, rivals don't sue one another in court; they bomb, kidnap, torture or otherwise sabotage one another. Shakedowns by corrupt police and other officials are common. Suitcases stuffed with hundreds of thousands of rupees worth of silver jewelry must be carried across borders, and may be stolen, misplaced, or confiscated by customs agents, with little recourse except to try and recover the loss on the next buying trip. A fortune, or one's life, may be lost or gained in a very short time. This element of danger and intrigue is like that found in an Ian Fleming spy thriller, but in this case it's a true story, and truth is often stranger than fiction.

It's also a great travelogue, in which Kusy's knowledge of and affinity for India shines through on almost every page. Then there's also the story of the maniacal Spud, Kusy's mentor, partner, and (later) rival. There's a love story in there, too; several actually. My favorite chapter in the book is when the author takes his terminally ill mother to visit India, but there's also moving passages about the author's wife, their cats, the sights, sounds and people of India, and other things.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable, fascinating Memoir October 20, 2013
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One of the major reasons this superbly written book is so electrifying to read is that, difficult as it may seem to believe, it is based on fact and the author's clear love for the country.

In this intricate (and at times hilarious) travelogue of an adventure, Frank and Spud pick up a motley crew of kooky characters--Ram, a lovable, crutch-bound Rajasthani, George, an irascible American, Nick and Anna, a quirky Canadian couple, Susie, a Dagenham girl gone `native', and Rose, the secret love of Ram's life. These become the `Pushkar Posse', a group of oddball traveler-entrepreneurs who meet once a year to have fun and make money in equal measure.

Kusy's matter of fact delivery of dialogue and atmosphere makes his book one that once started begs to be read in one sitting. It is full of flavor, especially the scents and scintillations of India as we've never read about it before, and satisfies on every level. This is a story pleading to become a film! Grady Harp, October 13
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than A Memoir! November 19, 2013
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
“When Frank teams up with Spud to become the largest wholesaler of hippy-Hindi glad rags in the UK, and to fulfil their dream of becoming rupee millionaires, he thinks he’s got it made. But what he’s made is a deal with the Devil.
Dodgy Frank Kusy, born into poverty from immigrant parents, learns to live on his wits––first as an unwitting money collector for Ronnie Kray, later as a Buddhist trader in London’s St Martin’s-in-the-Fields market. Then he meets up with thuggish ‘Spud’ who is so good at scaring people, notably the Petrovs, two encroaching Russian gangsters, that he hires him on the spot as his business partner.
It’s a deal with the Devil. Spud is a loose cannon, liable to blow up at any moment. The two travel to India to become the largest wholesaler of hippy-Hindi glad rags in the UK, and to fulfil their dream of becoming rupee millionaires.
Along the way, they pick up a motley crew of kooky characters––Ram, a lovable, crutch-bound Rajasthani, George, an irascible American, Nick and Anna, a quirky Canadian couple, Susie, a Dagenham girl gone ‘native’, and Rose, the secret love of Ram’s life. These become the ‘Pushkar Posse’, a group of oddball traveler-entrepreneurs who meet once a year to have fun and make money in equal measure.”

MY THOUGHTS:
This is a book about a young man called Frank, who travels to India in an effort to try and find himself. He ends up also finding a trade, which starts out well, until he teams up with Spud. The story follows Frank through the ensuing decade, with the reader walking his journey by his side. The understory is one in which he is seeking the approval of his loving Hungarian mother, and until he feels he has this he can’t really accept himself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly interesting
Couldn't finish it, but still found it mildly interesting. Just too busy....
Published 6 hours ago by Loni
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and breathtaking rollercoaster of a book!
Oh my goodness, what a book! I felt as though I needed a long lie down in a darkened room after reading this book. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Caryl Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars RUPEES HAVE LESS VALUE
So, I dearly LOVED Kusy's original KEVIN AND ME but found this sequel to be somewhat scattered in its presentation. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Ndma
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
An interesting read
Published 18 days ago by Debbie
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great read! Found it difficult to put it down ...
This is a great read! Found it difficult to put it down to do necessary things like work.
Published 25 days ago by M. E. Graf
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic-loved it!
I loved Frank Kusy's first book, Kevin And I In India and this one was amazing too. So good that I have immediately pre-ordered his new book due out in October. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Julie Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars To India and back, and back again
That Frank Kusy loves India is a given. He is witty and honest in describing his adventures as a merchant. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rosalie Lupcho
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book.
I was lucky enough to meet Frank and his wife a few months ago, so was really looking forward to reading this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jillipen
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Parts were ok, but it wasn't very well written as I would expect from an accomplished author.
Published 3 months ago by brenda
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
A very interesting and good read. I've read a lot of books about India, but this gave a different perspective from a quite interesting point of view.
Published 3 months ago by jr
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Born and raised in the fog-shrouded streets of 1960s London, and with more than 30 years of travel writing experience under his belt, aspiring Buddhist and incorrigible cat-lover Frank Kusy is a SUNDAY TRIBUNE RECOMMENDED AUTHOR and a four-time Gold Medal Winner on the Harper Collins Authonomy site. He has been awarded the AIA Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence for his flagship book 'Rupee Millionaires', and has been a featured author on several promotional sites, including Indie Book Bargains and FreeBooksy. His books have received international press acclaim, and have made the Kindle Top 100 List more than once, his first book on budget travel, 'Kevin and I in India', climbing as high as #5.

**Follow Frank on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/frank.kusy.5 .He loves to chat with readers.

**Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Wussyboy

**Or check out his blogs on GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/6569769-pushkar-get-blessed

WHAT READERS AND REVIEWERS ARE SAYING about Frank's books:

"Relentlessly honest, refreshingly uncontrived, KEVIN AND I IN INDIA is a diary that really works!" ~ The Sunday Tribune

"Once started, RUPEE MILLIONAIRES begs to be read in one sitting. It is full of flavour, especially the scents and scintillations of India as we've never read about them before, and satisfies on every level. ~ Grady Harp, Hall of Fame 'Vine' reviewer

"GINGER THE GANGSTER CAT is laugh out loud funny. Deserves to do for Mr Kusy what Simon's Cat has done for Mr Tofield. Cat Lit extraordinaire!" ~ Joshua Roebuck, Amazon reviewer


STOP PRESS: Frank's much anticipated sequel to Kevin and I in India - OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: MY CRAZY YEAR IN ASIA - is now available as a Pre Order on Amazon (release date Oct 23rd 2014.)

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Thanks, ms Bergere, so glad you enjoyed it! 'Rupees' is dedicated to the memory of my mother, who cruelly died on my wedding day. At heart, the book is just as much about her (and her motivation for me to 'get out there and do something with my life' as it is about the more whimsical theme of... Read More
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