Media & Journalism is a riotous industry, more so because of the stiff & exponentially increasing competition for the breaking news. Everyday there are tons of stories to be covered, some make headlines and others just go down in the archives but if you are reporting for the Bollywood, then there is no way things would go to the archives so soon as their repercussions stay and affect people associated with it. How I Got Lucky by Farhad J. Dadyburjor is about a journalist Raman Malhotra, who is in constant search of front page scoops for a daily newspaper, The Weekly and is a victim of this riotous industry.
Raman is nearly thirty five and a virgin on top of that. He is a bit confused about his sexuality but he keeps too busy to think about that. Always submerged in work and saving his backside to get fired from his colleagues and boss, Raman’s life is always on a roller coaster. One day, suddenly out of nowhere his boss assigns him the Bollywood beat and there begins the madness for him. Dealing with a mischievous lot that includes a lesbian photographer, a PR queen who knows when and how to strike it hard, a webcam model who fulfil fantasies of men around the world to pay his bills and a rising Bollywood stars whose morning ritual is to add more cuttings from newspapers & magazines in which he is featured to his existing scrapbook. Amidst all the madness, Raman is pursued by Lucky Star, a Bollywood superstar and things suddenly change for him, for his good or bad, to know that you got to read this book.
The book is an easy & gripping read and one thing that Farhad has been able to maintain throughout the book is – wit. You will keep laughing and smiling while reading this one and at times you would be able to relate the characters of the story to the real life celebrities. How I got Lucky also gives you a realistic sketch of publicity hungry people and to what heights and lows can people go to get some media coverage. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It will make for a entertaining weekend read. Give it a shot.
Book Source : Author
Publisher : Ebury Press, Random House India
Genre : Fiction
Price : Rs. 250/-