How to Kidnap the Rich

Rahul Raina


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7 April 2022
ISBN: 9780349144375
304 pages

From the publisher

‘A tightly written, fast-paced, often sharply savage societal satire… a rollicking read’
Sunday Times

‘An absolute riot – part thriller, part satire of contemporary urban India’
Mail on Sunday

‘Roars will brilliance, freshness and so much heart’
Kevin Kwan

The Times

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 eighteen-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 the boys through a maze of crimes both large and small, and their dizzying journey reveals an India in all its complexity, beauty and squalor.