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Rupee Millionaires by [Kusy, Frank]
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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: 1266 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Grinning Bandit Books (October 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FQ7A5WK
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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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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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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.”

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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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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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