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Rupee Millionaires (Frank's Travel Memoir Series, Book 4) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Frank Kusy

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“…this was the most fun reading I can remember...”
“…a rip-roaring tale of dodgy dealings and hilarious happenings…”
“…you'll fall in love with India and even a little bit with London…”
“…I laughed out loud as I devoured every page…"

As Frank Kusy enters his 35th year, he is 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?

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2641 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 281 Seiten
  • Verlag: Grinning Bandit Books (8. Oktober 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00FQ7A5WK
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An fascinating inside view of the shadowy world of the import/export business 17. November 2013
Von Kevin Bergeron - Veröffentlicht auf
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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.

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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I can *almost* convince myself I've been to India now. 18. Oktober 2013
Von Jay Mittener - Veröffentlicht auf
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen More Than A Memoir! 19. November 2013
Von Awesome Indies Reviews - Veröffentlicht auf
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“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.”

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. Kusy’s style of writing is relaxed and chatty, and as a result the reading experience rather feels like that achieved from sitting down next to Frank and having a friendly and entertaining cuppa. What is perhaps most amazing about this book is the fact that it’s based on truth, which for me makes it even richer and funnier than it would have been had it been pure fiction. Kusy’s powers of description are superlative, and his story will have you laughing out loud and shaking your head most of the way through the book. This book is aimed at the adult reader, has a gentle pace and is a very entertaining read. It’s a mix of travel book, memoir and comedy all rolled into one.

The book is approximately 222 pages in length, and if you have the leisure I can guarantee you’ll finish it in one sitting. The editing and proof reading have been done to the highest of standards, so much so that I only made 9 highlights throughout the whole book – a first for me as a reviewer. Each chapter is named, rather well I might say, reflecting accurately, and often humorously, what is contained therein. The narrative is written from Frank’s point of view throughout, and the writing style is clear, informative and engaging.

If you like comedies, travelogues and/or memoirs then you’ll love this book. The charm and richness of India is portrayed beautifully, and together with some great characters, surprising twists and emotional moments, this is a truly enjoyable read. This book is about self-searching, faith, hope, love and friendship – it is also about the depths of foolishness we human beings can reach with all of our quirks and foibles. This story is so much more than a mere memoir or travelogue. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and give it a resounding 5 stars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A memorable, fascinating Memoir 20. Oktober 2013
Von Grady Harp - Veröffentlicht auf
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Rupee Millionaires - a must read! 10. Oktober 2013
Von J. Braun - Veröffentlicht auf
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I laughed/chuckled the whole way through because I could relate to so many of the writer's experiences.

It is one of those books which you pick up and laugh all way to the end. Those who have spent time in India will be able to relate to many vignettes of the story. Every page throws a situation which takes you back to your own experience and makes you laugh until the tears stream down your face.
This book is simply awesome. Every page is full of humor. Having spent time in India, I can relate to the story. Frank Kusy's descriptions are spot on and vivid sans any exaggeration.

If you like being immersed in new cultures and enjoy a good laugh you should add this title to your library. Kusy has succinctly captured the heart of the culture and tells of his experiences with an unrelenting sharp wit.

I seriously hope this is the first of many books to come from the pen of Frank Kusy. But until then, get this book. Read it. Laugh. Cry. And Then recommend it to others.
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