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Rupee Millionaires (English Edition) von [Kusy, Frank]
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Want to be a millionaire? Be careful....

Born into poverty from immigrant parents, Frank Kusy 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.

But 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 fulfill 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 traveller-entrepreneurs who meet once a year to have fun and make money in equal measure.

Join Frank on this wild rite of passage through India.


“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 it highly enough. ~ Awesome Indies

“Where to start with my thoughts on this captivating story? Honestly? It's the most entertainment I've had (with words) since Round Ireland with a Fridge, which, if you could splice together with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, might bring you close to imagining the heady pull of Frank Kusy's superb Rupee Millionaires.”~ Kindledays

“Mr Kusy is clearly capable of writing vivid and enticing portraits of India – his past as a travel writer shines through, and we see India as if we are there first hand.”~ Harper Collins

“Once started, 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

“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.” ~ Jay Mittener, Top 500 Amazon reviewer

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.


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  • Dateigröße: 2646 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 William Lee - 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 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 Spud You Don't Like 13. November 2016
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'Dodgy' Frank Kusy has been wheeling and dealing since he was a a small child . Now in his mid thirties, he's become a Buddhist, and is running a market stall selling Indian clothing and jewellery. He's doing ok, until the Petrov's move in....and want him out of business. Step in Spud - mad, bad and dangerous to know, he's the last person you'd think Frank would take on as a business partner; but he's more than a match for the Petrov's, and so an unlikely alliance is formed. Spud wants to become a Rupee millionaire, as he's convinced this is the way he will be able to get a girlfriend: and nothing, and no one, is going to get in his way. Follow the adventures from London's markets to India, from festivals to back street shops, all told in Frank's hilarious style. The story tells of Spud's rise and fall, and Frank's attempts to cope with his increasingly idiosyncratic behaviour, all set against a background of lovable but eccentric characters, and descriptions of life, travel and trading in India. Frank always finds the funny side of any situation, and you will laugh out loud at many of the things that happen to him. Meet the Pushkar Posse, Ram the Camel trek guide, Frank's mum, and Madge, who may be the most important person he's met in all his travels....
A book I couldn't put down. Gripping from beginning to end, it's a wonderful addition to the other travel memoirs Frank has written, although it can be read as a stand alone book. Definitely a must read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hair-raising memoir you won't be able to put down 27. November 2015
Von Lilo Huhle-Poelzl - Veröffentlicht auf
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Allow me a moment. I have to comb my hair. It has been standing up straight all along while I was reading this book.

What can I say? I am at a loss for words. So, instead of attempting to write a review, I will write this open letter to the author:

Dear Mr. Kusy,

Reading your book "Kevin And I In India", I have been traveling India with you, all the time worrying about your health or rather your mere survival. I had been so relieved when you were finally back home, safe and sound. And what do you do? Instead of finding a steady 8 to 5 job, marrying a nice girl, and starting a family, as, I am sure, your mother would have wanted you to, you start traveling the world again. I, meanwhile, learned that "Off the Beaten Track: My Crazy Year in Asia", which I have not yet read, follows your first backpacking trip to India. Not knowing this, I plunged right into "Rupee Millionaires", and plunge I did, hardly emerging before I finished the last page.

Mr. Kusy, worrying about you throughout your travels with Kevin gives me the right to patronize you and give you ... eh some well-meant advice and constructive criticism. As your self-appointed mentor, I am accompanying your memoir "Rupee Millionaires" with the following annotations:

"You are not serious doing this!"
"How can you!"
"How could you!"
"What were you thinking!”
"What on earth were you thinking!"
"No! Not again!"
"Have you still not learned that ..."
"You should know by now that ..."
"I hope you learned from this."
"You are not seriously telling me that ..."
"You should be more careful, or you’ll wind up dead.”
"Don't do this!"
"Don't do that!"
"You must not ..."
"Look! This girl is not right for you. You deserve better."
"All right! You couldn't help getting involved with this business partner of yours. But for heaven's sake, get rid of him now before he kills you."
"Listen! If you don't care about your own future, think of your cats' future."
"Hold on to this woman. Marry her before she finds out how much trouble you are."

While some of the above annotations should be inserted where appropriate, most can be placed at random.

Mr. Kusy, you need a babysitter. I hope your wife is up to the job. Send her my regards and tell her she can call me when she feels like having a nervous breakdown.

Yours truly,

Lilo Huhle-Poelzl

P.S. Mr. Kusy, it is your fault that my poor husband was served Thanksgiving dinner a few hours late. I hadn't been able to start cooking in time as I had found it impossible to put down your book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dangerously amusing trips with irresistible characters 13. November 2013
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After reading this book, I had a hard time resisting the temptation to book one-way ticket to India, although I could not resist going for an Indian dinner. This book is that good. The story is fun, quite mad, sometimes sentimental, and filled with eye-brow raising and wonderfully entertaining adventures of Frank.

Frank, the hippy market stand seller, Spud, the madly and highly driven Rupee Millionaire wanna-be, Ram, the camel rider on crutches, and half a dozen interesting characters guide you into the chaotic and intriguing cities of India, back stage of silks and silvers trade, open-air markets of London, and magically beautiful full moon tour in the desert.

By the end of the story, you would find that Frank is your wonderfully amusing travel companion even though he may get you arrested once in a while.
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