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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.
Importing merchandise and wholesaling it is a rough business that, even if one survives the danger will still eventually wear a person down, and even a million rupees (the ultimate goal) is equivalent to only about 20,000 British pounds. The author did eventually build a substantial business, though perhaps he could have made more money doing almost anything else. But then he wouldn't have written this book.
In his epigraph, the author describes the book as "an (almost) true account." The reader may decide for himself where, if anywhere, the story diverges slightly from truth. There were one or two places where I thought there might be a small discrepancy or discontinuity, that made me wonder it the author may have been holding back something, to protect either the guilty or the innocent, and though this might be a small flaw in the book, it's also intrigueing.
I was fascinated and enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Highly recommended.
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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This is my fourth read by Frank Kusy and I was not disappointed.
In Rupee Millionaires, Frank and his unscrupulous business partner are trying to do just...Read more
A well worthwhile read.