A sensitive love story of a handsome and talented struggling painter Akash Saigal. What happens when he marries an extremely rich and beautiful artist and art investor Zenobia Taraporevala? Grab your copy @ amazon.com
About the author: Mohan Deep, is an Indian author, painter and Feng Shui Master. Mohan Deep is the author of ‘The Mystery and Mystique of Madhubala’ (1996), ‘It’s My Life’ (Novel) (1997), ‘Simply Scandalous: Meena Kumari’ (1998), ‘Eurekha!’ – an unauthorized biography of Rekha. (1999), ‘Four Options’ (2000), ‘Feng Shui for the Bold & Beautiful, the Rich and Famous’ (2001) and ‘Nehru and the Tantrik Woman’ (2002). After a sabbatical of a decade, during which he touched upon the lifves of people as a Feng Shui Master, he is back with The Five Foolish Virgins, a book of fiction, to be launched in April 2013. Mohan Deep is arguably the only Indian author to write what is often described as controversial, unauthorized star biographies in India. Columnist-journalist and former editor of ‘Illustrated Weekly of India’, Khushwant Singh called him ‘a truly gifted gossip writer’. “The maverick writer”, like columnist-reviewer-poetess Tara Patel described him has also been called William Goldman of Bollywood’s stars (By Behram Contractor, the Editor of Afternoon Despatch & Courier) (Source) Kitty Kelly of India (By R K Bajaj, the Editor of ‘The Daily’). Interestingly, almost every book he has wrote/penned has invited controversies for its bold content.
Review: I was more than happy to receive a copy of Colour Me Rich from the Author himself – Mohan Deep who is very accomplished author and well known named journalist in the field of Hindi film industry (Bollywood). I read his work (at length and full) for the first time, though I have read and heard about his earlier & only book – Eurekha. I am a big fan of Hindi films (who is not, I am sure everyone is). Through Colour Me Rich, we enter the world of artist Akash Saigal and the narration being racy- pacy, makes it an interesting read over a hot cup of tea or coffee. The story is about Akash and his quick journey to success, the dilemmas, struggles and challenges he faces. He makes Zenobia as his life partner and he does adjust in her world sharp contrast of his character, is reasonably praiseworthy. Author touched a very pertinent point through his protagonist Akash, that creativity doesn’t differentiate between rich and poor through expressions of Akash when he feels at his creative best in his Adarsh Nagar residence rather than in Zenobia’s posh penthouse. Then there is Pran, who is Akash’s friend and he immediately reminds all of us of Pappiji – of the movie Tanu Weds Manu fame played by Deepak Dobriyal. As the author Mohan Deep was a student of Architecture, the time he spent at Jehangir Art Gallery and Coffee House Samovar and the observations he did on the painters and artists can be seen in the character of Akash very well. To conclude, I found the book Colour Me Rich as a mixture of struggle, rise, fame, romance, murder, unfaithfulness, deceit which would keep readers enthusiastic to the end till the jolts hit our brain. I highly suggest this book.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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