• Sushma Ramesh

Book review- Made in China by Parnida Joshi

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

  1. Book Name: Made in China

  2. Author: Parinda Joshi

  3. Publishers: Harpercollins India

  4. Price: 156 INR

  5. Available on: Amazon and Flipkart

About the Book:

Raghu Mehta is a desperate man. His handicraft imports business has unexpectedly collapsed and cash is drying out quickly, his wife thinks he is a loser and society considers him irrelevant. Meanwhile, his closest friends and family all seem to be running flourishing businesses and living luxurious lives in Surat, the diamond capital of India. A trip to China to scout for a new consumer goods business offers a glimmer of hope. But Raghu instead gets sucked into the black-market trade in the back alleys of Beijing. Everything about this new opportunity goes against his god-fearing, vegetarian, middle-class mindset – can he quash his natural instincts to make a success of it? Darkly comical, Made in China is a soul-stirring and thrilling entrepreneurial journey of a man willing to do anything he can to make it big.

About the Author:

Parinda Joshi was born and raised in Ahmedabad and later immigrated to Los Angeles with her new husband where she navigated the challenges of starting life from scratch in an unfamiliar milieu, enriching herself with an MS in computer science, testing her limits and redefining herself. She now resides in Silicon Valley where leads growth analytics for a startup in the fashion industry, is mother to her precocious mini-me, a budding screenwriter, a lover of modern poetry, fitness enthusiast, an avid traveler and photographer and a humor junkie. Her M.O. is best described by Maya Angelou’s quote: ‘My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.’ She is the author of two novels, Live From London and Powerplay. She has also contributed to a short story anthology, The Turning Point: Best Of Young Indian Writers, and several online publications including GQ India and The South Asian Times (New York). Made in China is her third novel.

My take on the Book:

Despite the title of the book, this is one purely ‘made in India’ story. What I liked the most in this book is along with the humorous comedy, the author also has a serious message about animal reserves and rights which was really on point. The plot was crisp and engaging with fine characterization. I could connect to each and every characters in the book but more to Rukmini and her struggles of being a middle class wife and her dreams for her family. The narration was simple and it also had few remarkably hilarious dialogues. Overall this was an entertaining and refreshing read and I would recommend this book to everyone.

My Ratings: ****

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