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‘Made in India’, ek pyara soniya, Ek dil chahiye bas made in india…… If you’re born in India and you haven’t heard that song, then just don’t call yourself an Indian. That’s how amazing this song was. Though it was not a patriotic country song yet it was captivated in the hearts of every age group.
I had not even reached my teenage-years when that song was released yet I remember grooving to that song non-stop. Even today, I can listen to that song n-number of times and dance to the beats without a break. That was the beauty of that song.
Made in India:
At the time this song was released, I was too young and didn’t quite understand the concept of a musician/producer/composer and so on… all I knew and understood was Alicia, the beautiful singer and Milind Soman the handsome hunk!
Today that I came to know about the ‘Man behind the big picture’, I was totally mesmerized by his struggle to reach to the top.
Music as a career:
There is a famous saying,
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth-while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense. -Thomas A. Edison
Made in India, an autobiography by Biddu Appaiah aka Biddu, born in Bangalore (India) and later became an English-based music producer, composer, song writer and singer. With millions of records sold and a world-wide persona, Biddu made everyone go Disco Deewane for his music. His international breakthrough with “KungFu Fighting” in 1974 won millions of hearts followed by "Summer of '42" and “Blue Eyed Soul” in 1975 and so on…
Now we know how remarkable his music career was in India and overseas. Right? But the real picture behind this humongous success is what this book talks about.
About the Book:
Biddu started his career in his late teens with his best-friends and named the band ‘Trojans’. Like every struggling artists, he soon had to continue his journey on his own as ‘Lone Trojan’ and chase his dreams in London. London dreams for an Indian boy in those days was not a joke yet Biddu struggled towards his success and achieved it.
There are very few people who get what they desire and not hold any grudges against the obstacles one has to face. That was the best thing about this book. Like every struggling artist, Biddu had his share of ups and downs yet he never lost hope and worked with optimism in his heart and passion in his soul.
He shares his experiences while working with various artists and agencies, some who ripped him apart and some who gave the right push in the right direction. Biddu appreciates what he received and never forgot to himself be at the giving end.
This book gives a wonderful in-sight for the struggling artists in the industry, who at every failure feel their world has tossed upside-down, must read this book as an inspiration and understand the depths of problems even an amazing artist like Biddu has to face to reach to the top.
Other than sharing his experience with the music industry, the author has lightly shared some fun facts about himself in a humorous and matter-of-fact way as if he’s directly talking to the readers. His love for his long hair, his beautiful wife Sue and his mother’s affection was very sweet and brought smile while reading.
Saying no more, I would like to share some of my favorites with you all:
I most definitely loved reading this book but one thing that did kept popping in my head was ‘luck also needs to be on your side’.
Biddu has mentioned about how he was left penny-less yet there was always someone to look after him, like a supernatural energy (called luck) either in the form of his friends or thugs (the thug story, I hope there was more to actually what happened).
After reading this book, I hope all readers will agree with me- the airport scene where he had to prove that he was going to London for vacation and not job/ the drug scenario with his friends/ finding the right person to work with and so one. He was always blessed in disguise, perhaps it was the optimism of the author that help was provided when he needed it the most.
In a times like today, there are rarely people who are that helpful. These events brings positive hopes that world is not that bad at all.
I rate this book 4 stars.