Color Me Rich
Title: Color Me Rich
Author: Mohan Deep
Publisher: Quest Mercury Intermedia Pvt Ltd
Number of Pages: 185
Price [INR] : 200
Despite opposition from his parents, Akash Saigal comes to Mumbai to follow his passion and that’s painting. But it’s not an easy road and is the one that’s filled with struggles and challenges. As he tries to paint and barely manages to make ends meet, he finds friends in Pran, a struggling actor, Suma, an aspiring singer and Rani Aunty who runs Bollywood Aunty’s Dhaaba.
Sharing a flame as they light their cigarettes in an art gallery while discussing his painting, Akash fell in love with out-of-the-world beauty, wealthy artist and art collector, Zenobia Taraporevala. And before long, they tie the knot.
Akash’s life changes dramatically. While his career skyrockets he finds that his personal life is falling apart. And soon he is accused of killing his wife.
Color Me Rich is a rags to riches story of a struggling talented artist Akash Saigal who takes the path to success by marrying the rich, Zenobia Taraporevala.
The book delves into the lives of the creative and the super rich people and raises a few questions like… Can marriage between unequals work? Can an artist create on an empty stomach? Do the creative juices flow more easily when one is not trapped in the worries of the next meal or next pay cheque?
A chapter from the past, labelled as Yesterdays is immediately followed by a present day chapter labelled as Today. So, the story flits effortlessly between the past and the present in Color Me Rich. The author has done some comprehensive research to give an interesting peek into the life of the super rich and the protagonist’s life as a struggler has an authentic and realistic feel. All the characters whether Suma or Pran or Rani Aunty including Akash and Zenobia are etched out beautifully. Their characterization is wonderfully thought out and well written and reading this book is almost like peering into their minds.
What I liked about Color Me Rich is that it expertly grabbed my attention from the word go and the fact that it is a short story made me finish reading it in one sitting. Also it has all the ingredients of love and betrayal, struggles and triumphs, murder and mystery that delighted and enthralled me as a reader. And most importantly, a climax that truly shocked me.
Overall, Color Me Rich is an engaging and entertaining read. Go for it!
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March 29, 2016 7:49 pm|
Sounds interesting, Shilpa! I love your reviews. :O)
March 31, 2016 12:10 am|
Thanks a lot, LuAnn… and that coming from a voracious reviewer like you is huge. ♥
March 29, 2016 8:03 pm|
I really need to read more such stories which I can finish in one sitting. Maybe, I’ll pick this one..thanks for sharing about it, Shilpa 🙂
March 31, 2016 12:11 am|
Go for it, Nabanita. I am sure, you will like it too 🙂
March 29, 2016 8:23 pm|
Your review makes me want to read this book NOW 🙂
March 31, 2016 12:12 am|
Hope you get to read it soon, Rajesh 🙂
March 30, 2016 7:41 am|
I am thinking of your earlier post on relationship with books and I wonder which category this falls under Shilpa 🙂
March 31, 2016 12:13 am|
It would be… You Had Me At Hello 🙂
March 30, 2016 11:35 am|
These days, I find myself reading more non-fiction titles but this book sounds interesting from your review. I will have a look, thanks for the recco.
March 31, 2016 12:15 am|
Non-fiction… I have yet to develop some liking for this genre 😛
Do check this book, you will enjoy reading it 🙂
March 30, 2016 3:34 pm|
your reviews are very motivating to get back to reading habits; took me back to my college days for a brief while, thanks for igniting the spark for reading once again 🙂
March 31, 2016 12:20 am|
Thanks Genevive. I wish I had more time on my hands to read books. Since you mentioned about college… once during college breaks, I read books from morn to night and finished reading so many books in a month. Aah! What a lovely time that was. Hope you get more time to read more books too 🙂
March 30, 2016 3:40 pm|
March 31, 2016 12:22 am|
It is! 🙂
How have you been, Bikram! Long time!
March 31, 2016 3:11 pm|
I am here only SG, Life is taking over and am unable to plan properly :(…
I know its been long time but am still here 🙂
March 31, 2016 10:19 pm|
Aah! Life and its shades! Have faith and hang in there… everything will work out well for you! Take care, Bikram!
March 31, 2016 11:17 am|
Your reviews are quite interesting !!!
March 31, 2016 10:16 pm|
April 5, 2016 10:20 pm|
Ah Shady Review…highly enjoyable