Rupee Millionaires by Frank Kusy

Want to make a million? Be careful what you wish for...

At 35, I was a struggling travel writer with five guides in print but not enough money to pay the rent. Then I met the Colonel in India.

"You should try business, Frank!" said the Colonel. "It would be a most spiritual experience!"

Spiritual or not, he was right. Five years on, I was the foremost wholesaler of hippy-Hindi glad rags in the UK. But at what cost? Along the way, I lost my hair, my house, my girlfriend, my Buddhist principles, and very nearly my sanity.

The problem was my business partner, Spud. A borderline psycho with just one aim in mind – to become a rupee millionaire. With a million, he believed, people would forget he was a small fat plumber from Peckham and women would flock to his cash and shag him senseless.

But then, as he devolved into craziness and his dreams of world domination began to fall apart, he found a new reason for living.

He wanted me dead.

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  • First submitted Oct. 6, 2011
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  • HarperCollins's avatar
    HarperCollins wrote 3 years ago
    ‘Rupee Millionaires’ is fast-paced true story of one man’s journey into the heart of India and the world of business. I enjoyed reading this manuscript. In its current condition, the work has a lot of strengths: your story, your tone, your contrast of the exoticism of India with the sometimes equally manic insanity of London’s markets. However, I will say from the outset that, to me, this reads as a very early draft of a strong manuscript – not the ...
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    "Spud"? or as Frank will know me Takla wrote 1 year, 4 months ago
    I just found this book and I'm quite interested in it. Because essentially it's about ME. Back in 1990 I met the Author in a small market in London and we became business partners. Yes I am the person he has characterized as Spud. A very loose characterization indeed. Frank says this is almost the truth. That's not a fair representation. Braveheart was almost the story of William Wallace but its was closer to the truth than this. The story ...
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    "Spud"? or as Frank will know me Takla wrote 1 year, 4 months ago
    I've just come across this book and it will probably make an interesting read. See back in 1990 I was in business with the author for a few years and I'm clearly the model for his caricature "Spud". Of course this is a work of fiction and I am just a regular guy and not anything like the cartoon he created. Someone said they didn't think his description of his meeting with my ex-wife was very well written. The fact ...
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    evermoore wrote 1 year, 7 months ago

    Grins...Oh, Joe...you are a natural with the written word. You've fleshed out Spud sooo well...that I think you have rocks in your head over partnering with him! (lol) The antics that go on behind the scenes...they still have me smiling. Stock is power, indeed. I'll buy stock in youuuuuuuuuuuuu, sir...I love when you share your mind with me this way.

    Now then...where's the rest?? Hmmmm??

    ((Hugs))

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    evermoore wrote 1 year, 7 months ago

    Awww...another glimpse of your mom...I love the woman that so loved you. I can jusssst imagine her lecturing you about your life, but jumping in the front line to see that you did well in spite of her reservations. And I think there's more of her in you now, then you realize.

    Those bracelets...my my my...you arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre good! (winks)

    Will be back this evening, Pappa J...((hugs)) to you and your lovely wife!

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    evermoore wrote 1 year, 7 months ago

    Wooooooooo hoooooooooo!!! ((Hugs))

    I know ya can't admit such a thing, but I alllllllllllso know you've done this jussssssst for me. (winks)

    Okay..on to the second...with a biiiiiiig ass smile. (lol)

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    Kaychristina wrote 1 year, 8 months ago
    Joe, here's a belated review of this extraordinary work -- The author of this work appears to have the kind of voice most fiction writers would, metaphorically speaking, kill for. The story is extraordinary, too. A life and a half, and it'll draw readers in from the very beginning. It's a true-life thriller like no other I've ever read. It has comedy in spades, to boot. And the author's friend and nightmare in one, called 'Spud'. Joe the author, a ...
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  • Kevin Bergeron's avatar
    Kevin Bergeron wrote 2 years, 7 months ago
    I've so far read the first three chapters. The energy of the events and their narration jumped right out at me. The experiences, descriptions and characters, the way you write it, it's just very lively, or animated, something like that; and it's very appealing, infectious, and likable. A few things that I particularly liked: The guy who asked "What is your purpose?" Spud emerging from under his table like a spider. His description of you as a crocodile. So far ...
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    Cathy Hardy [Retired] wrote 2 years, 7 months ago

    Love it!! poor Madge! How grumpy you were to begin with, although understandable. It was nice to read how two very different people could compromise and find harmony; you both seem that way. Are you still together? "Happy Jesus" made me LOL. And poor spud!! I have seen many go down the same path as him....but Karma and all that!! Great read Joe!

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    levielm [Retired] wrote 2 years, 7 months ago

    If you want to learn how to write in a light comedic style, read this book. Great opening and clear cocise concepts and sentences. Great work. Congrats on the Collins Review. JK

  • J.Adams's avatar
    J.Adams wrote 3 years ago
    Critique of the critique -- First I should say that I've read several incarnations of Rupee, and it has possibly gone through too many edits, rather than too few, and that could be a problem as far as flow and consistency. The original hung together beautifully, in my view, but the author has seemingly tried to please too many differing opinions (read he didn't just think my opinion was the end-all and be-all ---- go figure!!) Seriously, because I love ...
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    il postino [Retired] wrote 3 years ago

    Wow! Very engaging opening chapters and congratulations on the HC review. Have put it on my watchlist to return to. Best wishes Il Postino (Kate) - Invisible Graffiti.

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    il postino [Retired] wrote 3 years ago

    Wow! Very engaging opening chapters and congratulations on the HC review. Have put it on my watchlist to return to. Best wishes Il Postino (Kate) - Invisible Graffiti.

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    JMF wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    Okay - I know nothing about true life stories but for what it's worth I think your new prologue works well. It instantly hooks the reader with thought of Spud. I personally don't like your first line though. I understand the comparison with Will and Kate, but given the fact that you are worried about dating the story, this is surely one way of doing it. I'm so over that wedding! I can't even remember when it was. I really ...
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    Maevesleibhin wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    Prologue and chapter one Ok, I am going to go slow. First, general praise. I really like the concept of the prologue. Particularly how you have Spud threaten you and say he saved your life. Great stand off with Ivan and Spud. I love the background of your youth. I love the line where your mother confiscates your bike Ok, so, fine tuning. Why does it say To TopTo TopRupee Millionaires Our anniversary lunch wasn’t much compared to Will and ...
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    Karamak [Retired] wrote 3 years, 2 months ago

    God this is so good I hardly dare ask you to take a look at mine (but I will anyway) and who knows if you don't like my book it might make you realize how amazingly you spin a tale!
    Well done this will get published I'm sure.
    Karamak Faking it in France

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    MrsMayhem wrote 3 years, 2 months ago

    Great stuff. So evocative of a time and place. Not many people can really write funny but you pulled it off Joe.

    Kate Forlong (Mrs. Mayhem)
    (Ahem, you might like my Myth Magic and Mayhem, think eighties, festivals, new age travellers....)

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    Maevesleibhin wrote 3 years, 3 months ago
    Rupee Millionaires 7. Joe, This is not the strongest chapter in the book, I must admit. This is mostly from the first part of it. From the plot point of view, it is a very important moment- it starts to show the split between you and Spud. In the previous chapter you show how your business savvy is actually better than Spud's, and how badly he takes this. Here you make the decision of getting buying small, cheap items, and ...
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    Maevesleibhin wrote 3 years, 3 months ago
    ComLit review Joe, I reread chapters 3 and 4 (autho 4&5). These are really much stronger. To be frank, (not to suggest that I am not normally, and I know that you always are with me) I did not realize you had changed chapter 3. After you mentioned it, I realized that you had very successfully brought together elements from other sections to make this a very fun read. This is very much as I remember it. Very funny and ...
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