Color Me Rich
Disclaimer: I received a paperback of this book from the author via The Book Club in return for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for the same.
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The story is set in Mumbai and is about struggling artist Akash. Despite strong opposition from his parents (they insist that he become a doctor or an engineer), he shifts to Mumbai to study art at JJ School of Arts. He has a difficult life, living in a poor area with barely a couple of shirts to wear. Along with him lives Pran, a struggling actor. Then there is Bollywood aunty who runs a mess, feeding all the struggling wannabes in the area.
Suma lives in the same area and aspires to be a singer. She also writes songs. Suma is in love with Akash while he considers her his best friend.
Akash is lucky to be discovered by socialite/artist Zenobia. Overnight, he turns into a star. More than that, he falls in love with Zen at first sight. His career soars meteorically, even as he gets married to Zen. Suma is heartbroken.
A couple of years down the lane, and a few crores into his bank account, Akash finds himself in deep trouble. Zenobia falls down to her death from their 60th floor penthouse apartment. The police are unable to find out if it was an accident, if she committed suicide or if she was pushed to her death. If it was murder, Akash would be the murderer. Read the book to find out what must have happened.
The author takes us on the journey of Akash Saigal’s life in a series of flashbacks. The story has been well edited and proofed though peppered with 25% of Hindi and a bit of Marathi. This is the first book I am reading by Mohan Deep and I think it’s good, and worth a read if you enjoy thrillers.
A sensitive love story of a handsome and talented struggling painter Akash Saigal. What happens when he marries an extremely rich and beautiful artist and art investor Zenobia Taraporevala?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mohan Deep, is an Indian author, painter and Feng Shui Master. Mohan Deep is the author of ‘The Mystery and Mystique of Madhubala’ (1996), ‘It’s My Life’ (Novel) (1997), ‘Simply Scandalous: Meena Kumari’ (1998), ‘Eurekha!’ – an unauthorized biography of Rekha. (1999), ‘Four Options’ (2000), ‘Feng Shui for the Bold & Beautiful, the Rich and Famous’ (2001) and ‘Nehru and the Tantrik Woman’ (2002). After a sabbatical of a decade, during which he touched upon the lives of people as a Feng Shui Master, he was back with The Five Foolish Virgins( 2013). Mohan Deep is arguably the only Indian author to write what is often described as controversial, unauthorized star biographies in India. Columnist-journalist and former editor of 'Illustrated Weekly of India', Khushwant Singh called him 'a truly gifted gossip writer'. “The maverick writer”, like columnist-reviewer-poetess.
Tara Patel described him has also been called William Goldman of Bollywood’s stars (By Behram Contractor, the Editor of Afternoon Despatch & Courier) (Source) Kitty Kelly of India (By R K Bajaj, the Editor of ‘The Daily’). Interestingly, almost every book he has wrote/penned has invited controversies for its bold content.
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