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How to Kidnap the Rich

(2021)
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'This is an absolute riot - part thriller, part satire of contemporary urban India' Mail on Sunday'

If you're fat and Indian, you're rich; if you're fat and poor, you're lying. It's only the West where the rich are thin and vegan and moral...

Ramesh Kumar grew up deprived and unloved, working on his father's tea stall in the Old City of Delhi. Now, brilliant but poor, he makes a lucrative living taking tests for the sons of India's elite. When one of his clients, the sweet but hapless eighteen-year-old Rudi Saxena, places first in the All Indias, the national university entrance exams, Ramesh sees an unmissable opportunity.

Cashing in on Rudi's newfound celebrity, all goes well for both boys for a while. But Rudi's role on a game show leads to unexpected love, blackmail and, finally, a dangerous kidnapping.

As Ramesh leads Rudi through a maze of crimes both large and small, their dizzying journey reveals an India in all its complexity, beauty, and squalor, moving from the bottom rungs to the circles inhabited by the ultra-rich and everywhere in between.

Praise for How to Kidnap the Rich

'A satire on modern India...this isn't a story about poverty, it's a story about wealth' Guardian

'Conjures up a memorable world that is ghee-greased, polluted, mired in dust and corruption' Sunday Times

'Like Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, How to Kidnap the Rich purports to be a how-to manual but is in fact a rollicking urban adventure and a biting satire of inequality' Economist

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"White Tiger meets Caddyshack the movie in Raina's lively novel, brimming with rat-a-tat-tat wit, breezy prose and a keen observation of colorism, casteism and social inequity. Unputdownable!" - Alka Joshi

"Rahul Raina's voice crackles with wit and the affecting exuberance of youth. His ripping good story grabs you on page one and doesn't let go, taking you on a monstrously funny and unpredictable wild ride through a thousand different Delhis at top speed. How To Kidnap the Rich roars with brilliance, freshness and so much heart." - Kevin Kwan

"Intelligent, witty and sublime. I'm hooked. Remember the name. You'll be hearing more of it in future." - Abir Mukherjee

"Brutally funny and fast-paced, this debut from Rahul Raina proves he is a star in the making." - Nikesh Shukla


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Title: How to Kidnap the Rich: 'A joyous love/hate letter to contemporary Delhi' The Times
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Title: How to Kidnap the Rich: A Novel
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Title: How to Kidnap the Rich: 'A joyous love/hate letter to contemporary Delhi' The Times
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Title: How to Kidnap the Rich: A Novel
Author(s): Rahul Raina
ISBN: 1-66509-641-1 / 978-1-66509-641-6 (USA edition)
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Title: How to Kidnap the Rich: Library Edition
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Title: How to Kidnap the Rich: 'A joyous love/hate letter to contemporary Delhi' The Times
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