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Publisher's Summary

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 18-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.

©2021 Rahul Raina (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

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

"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)

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