BR #77 | Made in China | Parinda Joshi | HarperCollins India | ★★★★★

Book - Made in China
Author - Parinda Joshi
Publisher - HarperCollins India
Rating - ★★★




Author Bio: (from book) Parinda Joshi was born and raised in Ahmedabad and later immigrated to Los Angeles with her new husband where she navigated the challenges of starting life from scratch in an unfamiliar milieu, enriching herself with an MS in computer science, testing her limits and redefining herself. She now resides in Silicon Valley where leads growth analytics for a startup in the fashion industry, is mother to her precocious mini-me, a budding screenwriter, a lover of modern poetry, fitness enthusiast, an avid traveler and photographer and a humor junkie. Her M.O. is best described by Maya Angelou's quote: 'My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.' She is the author of two novels, Live From London and Powerplay. She has also contributed to a short story anthology, The Turning Point: Best Of Young Indian Writers, and several online publications including GQ India and The South Asian Times (New York). Made in China is her third novel. It has been adapted for a motion picture by Maddock Films starring Rajkummar Rao, Boman Irani and Mouni Roy, Sumeet Vyas, and Paresh Rawal among others. Parinda has co-written the screenplay for the movie. Instagram: @parindajoshi Website: www.parindajoshi.com

Book Review: "Made in China" by Parinda Joshi is a satirical fiction during contemporary times on how business ideas take inspiration from weird phenomenons. Despite the comedy and turn of events at the climax, there is a general sense of awareness in the pages against poaching of tigers as their population is fast dwindling. The author has addressed a number of social issues in this book. It is praiseworthy to note the research conducted in making all business deals and locational facts believable.

Raghu Mehta, the protagonist, is introduced as a middle-class businessman having a wife and two sons. His new business ideas seem to have ended in a failure leading him to stick with his inherited shop from his father. However, at every point in life, he is desperate to make a breakthrough in order to appease his wife and improve his standard of living. A small but life-changing detour comes in the form of Raghu's visit to China along with his childhood best friend Dev, already a rich businessman. Raghu is drawn into the black market in China where he discovers poaching of tigers to treat ED in men. He comes back to his hometown carrying information related to this new 'soup'. Raghu finally decides to get into business after convincing Dr. Vardhi, a local doctor. The business blooms over the months and that is when the simplistic Raghu starts to draw attention and enemies who are ready to take advantage of his under-the-table business unbeknownst to his family.

Surrounding all such plot developments is also the story of Raghu as a middle-class husband and father, the aspirations from his wife, the nuisances of his children and above all an indomitable will to succeed in life. Will Raghu be able to achieve his dreams without getting into legal trouble? Are his aspirations truly worth more than his social self-esteem? One must read this comical fiction in order to discover the dark secrets in the world of doing business. A must-read for all fiction lovers who want to discover the comedy behind every man's tragedy and vice versa.

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