Thursday, October 15, 2015

#BookReview: Made in India by Biddu

On the jacket:

As a child, Biddu dreamt of going west and making it big as a composer. At the age of sixteen, he formed a band and started playing in a cafe in Bangalore, his home town, At eighteen, he was part of a popular act at Trinca's, a nightclub in Calcutta devoted to food, wine and music, At nineteen, he had college students in Bombay dancing to his music. In his early twenties, he left the country and ended up hitchhiking across the Middle East before arriving in London with only the clothes on his back and his trusty guitar. What followed were years of hardship and struggle but also great music and gathering fame. From the nine million selling "Kung Fu Fighting" to the iconic youth anthem of "Made in India" and the numerous hits in between. Biddu's music made him a household name in India and elsewhere. In this first public account of all that came his way: the people, the events, the music tours and companies Biddu writes with a gripping sense of humor about his remarkable journey with its fairy tale ending. Charming, witty, and entirely likable, Biddu is a man you are going to enjoy getting to know.


Like every kid of the 80s, Biddu's name brings back many musical memories to my mind. I don't think a lot of us girls would have had a lifelong crush had 'Made In India' not happened. So when I heard that the musician has come up with his own memoir, I was curious. I knew a little of his music, but didn't know anything more than that. and growing up, he was always a sort of an enigma - the image of him playing his guitar, a handsome man with long hair. 

So, back to the point in discussion, Biddu's book is about his journey through life and turning his passion into his profession. If his music and curiosity about the handsome man had made me pick the book up, reading that he was born just when WWII had ended, made me read the book in one go. What an interesting it must have been, to grow up in. Reading about Bangalore from a few decades ago, a city so different from what it is now, was refreshing. 

Being an artist isn't easy. You get paid in job satisfaction but you need the monies to pay your bill. However, an artist is always willing to work from free during his days as a beginner. Same was the case with Biddu. 

A very honest recount of a boy from Bangalore who knew nothing but music, who tried running away from home to make a name in it, failed repeatedly but never gave up. His self-depreciating humour is actually attractive, not over the line and not begging for sympathy. Like in everybody's life, specially a musicians, the adventures are many and while some are funny, the others leave you smiling. Yet some other make you think.

Artists are known to give in to obsessions easily. It is up to you what you chose as your obsession. Biddu let music be his obsession and stayed away from the rockstar lifestyle of snorting coke. 

The book is an advanced review copy, so the errors need to be ignored. However, the fact that errors do affect the reading experience, should not be forgotten.

Rating: ****/5

[This review and the giveaway below is a part of the Blog Tour held at B00K R3VI3WS. The opinion expressed is however mine.]


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