Let me start today’s review on a lighter note with a small game! I will share a small phrase and you will have to answer with the very FIRST thoughts that flashes in your mind. – Made in India!!!!!!!!!
I am sure that more than 90% of you would answer that you were able to recall Alisha Chenoy’s music album released in 90’s.
Well, I witnessed similar thoughts as soon as I read the title on the cover page of the book but wondered why did the author choose this title? I presumed that he might be all praises about his career on soil of India but it was only after I read the book that I realised that it was indeed the Soul of India that worked wonders for him!
Now, let me connect the dots for you; this book is a personal memoir of successful music composer and producer – Biddu. In fact, he is the one who is behind more such successful tunes! Remember – Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi mein aaye from the movie – Qurbani?
There is much more to the personality of this very down-to-earth person. No, I haven’t met him in person but this could very easily be made up through his style of writing and instances shared by him throughout the book. One thing that i noticed from the very beginning was a captivating tone in his writing style. Later on, I learnt that he is now spiritual music composer. Throughout his book, he enlightens the readers with his soft spoken and dedicated aura.
This work is his reconciliation of the past when he was a resident of India and his dream of connecting with the strings was not within his reach! No, this was not as easy as we might find it to be today because of easy access to resources and not to miss- the countless competitions held on almost every other broadcasting channel. Nevertheless, his jouney was adventurous and motivating enough to find a mention of in his book. You will experience his enigma as soon as you start reading. It is full of several anecdotes which attempt to suggest you to keep going despite all odds.
His personal accounts are very inspiring majorly because he has kept them on a comparitively low profile highlighting his urge to find solace in music which he ultimately did! His sharing is not confined to traits that evolved him into a musician but they are powerful enough to transform you into a person who is dedicated to meet his personal goals – come what may!
Generally speaking, there is a subset of readers who enjoy reading biographies and autobiographies but this book will definitely cross boundaries because it paints the canvas larger. There are many artists who have given timeless tunes to us for centuries to come but sadly they lack due recognition. Let us perform our bit by securing this work with us.
Just as an additional note; I would like to recommend this book to entertainment industry aspirants (irrespective of the roles you aspire) who in my opinion need to understand the value of passion, hard earned respect, perseverance and unquestionable dedication.
Let he, be your guiding star – a star made in india!
About the book – Made in India by Biddu
As a child, Biddu dreamt of going west and making it big as a composer. At the age of sixteen, he formed a band and started playing in a cafe in Bangalore, his home town, At eighteen, he was part of a popular act at Trinca’s, a nightclub in Calcutta devoted to food, wine and music, At nineteen, he had college students in Bombay dancing to his music.
In his early twenties, he left the country and ended up hitchhiking across the Middle East before arriving in London with only the clothes on his back and his trusty guitar. What followed were years of hardship and struggle but also great music and gathering fame. From the nine million selling “Kung Fu Fighting” to the iconic youth anthem of “Made in India” and the numerous hits in between. Biddu’s music made him a household name in India and elsewhere.
In this first public account of all that came his way: the people, the events, the music tours and companies Biddu writes with a gripping sense of humor about his remarkable journey with its fairy tale ending. Charming, witty, and entirely likable, Biddu is a man you are going to enjoy getting to know.
About the Author
Biddu was born in India, where he started his career playing in a pop band whose influences lay in the classic repertoire of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Following his early success, he decided to hear West and move into the international music arena. He struck gold, signing the unknown Carl Douglas and producing “Kung Fu Fighting?” which went on to become a hit all over the world. He also wrote and produced hits for Tina Charles and soul legend Jimmy James.
Around this time, Biddu became involved in Indian music: he composed the cult “Aap Jaise Koi” for the film Qurbani which set a new landmark for sales in India He followed this up with a pop album, Disco Deewane, with Nazia Hassan, which became the largest selling pop album in Asian history, and was the first Indian album to hit the charts in fourteen countries. In 1995, Biddu wrote and produced the three-million-selling album Made in India with the singer Alisha Chinai. To date, Biddu has sold over thirty-eight million records worldwide.