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The pathbreaking journey of the musical phenomenon and GRAMMY winner that is 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.

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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.

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5つ星のうち 5.0 ... picked up the book because nothing could be more boring than a man talking about himself 2016/2/4
投稿者 Mukti - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
I reluctantly picked up the book because nothing could be more boring than a man talking about himself. But the book was basically shoved down my throat, but there was a silver lining: I could keep the book down if I got bored. Guess what? The book just gets better and better. Funnier and even more funnier, and not without a few gems and life lessons to take to the grave, all the while rolling on the floor laughing.
Biddu states the third reason to write an autobiography in the preface, the most altruistic in his opinion, is "Because you have a story to tell, which could be curiously interesting or mildly entertaining, or perhaps even inspirational, with a modicum of human interest. In exceptional cases it may be a life worthy of merit and distinction that demands to be told to the world at large". By that parameter, the book exceeds its requirements. Biddu's story isn't just interesting, it has a lifetime of despair and determination that makes it worth of human interest, and lessons to teach, not only for artists, but every person that holds a dream.
Biddu's journey from Kolkata to Mumbai, Mumbai to Beirut to London, all feels like a story of a fictional character in a novel, which would have been equally moving, but what hits hard is the fact that this is a true story. That a person starved in unknown cities of unknown countries just to realise a dream. If this wouldn't be inspirational, what would?
Biddu is a charmer, as his stories will tell you. His writing is honest and his he is humble in his success and unabashed in accepting his follies, a quality that makes him more endearing.
As I was reading the book it felt like Biddu was sitting beside me, drinking a cup of coffee (he doesn't consume alcohol) and personally retelling each and every incident. That is the beauty of his writing.
I give this book a 5 star on all accounts!
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5つ星のうち 4.0 Made In India 2015/10/26
投稿者 b00k r3vi3ws - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
I am not very much into reading autobiographies but someone made me pick this one up. And I am glad that he did.

When I think of Biddu, the song Made in India sung by Alisha Chinai instantly popped into my mind. I was in school back then when this album made it huge! It was in a way my introduction to Indipop music. And so it is no wonder that Biddu’s name reminds me of that album that had 10 amazing songs and in a way, this book is also aptly named as ‘Made in India’.

Born and brought up in South India, Biddu was enamored with music from a young age and soon formed a band called Trojans that played at clubs in quite a few cities of India. What is interesting though is the fact that Trojans was most probably one of the first English bands in India. But that did not last and as his bandmates found their own ways, Biddu’s conviction in his path was strong. He left India with a guitar, three pounds in his pocket and a dream to make good music. The journey was certainly not easy, but his determination and diligence forged his way through a lot of hurdles and betrayals. As a result he did finally make a breakthrough and slowly climbed the ladder of success.

What I liked about this book the most is the author’s very witty and self-effacing narration style. Somehow he would make the simplest of situation seem interesting and funny. His sense of humour is not your forceful or poke-you-till-you laugh kind; instead it is one that genuinely makes you smile while reading. The second thing that shines through the book is the personality of the man himself. A reader will find it easy to relate to him and even feel like that they know the person closely. The author has struggled a lot right from his early years and so it would have been easy for him to put on airs once he achieved the kind of success that many can only dream of. Instead he has stayed very rooted and his narration of both his struggle and glory remained balanced through his narration. The book gives us a look into not only his professional life, but also his personal life as well – and there too a perfect balance has been maintained.

You know how people often tell you that if you have a dream and you are ready to work hard for it without giving up, then success will be yours eventually? Biddu is a live example of it. I admired his belief in himself and his talent, the way he kept on moving forward no matter how many doors were closed on his face and simply how he just did not give up! His passion and obstinacy is truly admirable.
5つ星のうち 4.0 Adventures that interest and inspire... 2015/11/25
投稿者 Nimi - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
The cover of 'Made in India' by Biddu has the author playing a guitar. His hair is enjoying the music as much as he is, it seems.
And the hair is integral to the persona and performance, mind you. You will understand when you read the book.

'Made in India' is the story of musician Biddu, his adventurous journey from Bangalore (unlike the happening Bengaluru of today) to the happening streets of London and beyond.

I will not even try to bracket Biddu's 'Made in India' in a single category.

'Made in India' is a rags to riches story. Not literally so, but it seems like it.

'Made in India' in an inspirational book. It is an exciting reading Biddu's life story as he struggles but never whines.

Biddu writes about impossible dreams. The kind of 'impossible' that says 'I am possible'...

'Made in India' is also about family and love. With family in India it was bound to, I guess.

It is also documentation of the world in general and India in particular of 50s and 60s.

'Made in India' is a story of discovering self. It is about life coming full circle in a broad sense of the phrase.

Biddu's 'Made in India' is crash course about the music industry. The author explains about the world of making music, but he consciously doesn't let it go into too much of detail. He keeps the information reigned and interesting, and thus never boring.

Above all, 'Made in India' is about passion. Passion that survives the many obstacles that life throws in the way.

The Preface of 'Made in India' starts with "What propels someone to write an autobiography?" The author then goes on to list the three reasons why one would choose to write about oneself.
This is especially interesting to me because this is what I ponder over whenever I read an autobiography. Why would someone choose to write about one's life?
As Biddu begins his autobiography with the reasons to write one, he does it so well that I am tempted to copy his concise analysis here verbatim. On second thought, it would be better if it is read in the book :)

The idea for this book originated when the author would narrate anectodes of his life. The tone of the book is such that it feels as if the reader is listening to these anectodal tales. The adventures (exciting, foolish, disheartening, funny, innocent and much more) make for an engrossing read. The book reads as if one is listening to these experiences being narrated.

Biddu claims that he was coerced into writing this book. Well, if he was, thanks to those who advised him and 'forced' him to write this book. It is a story that deserved telling. It is a book I am happy I read.

Detailed review with quotes from book on my blog - goo.gl/E4FS5J
5つ星のうち 4.0 The Story of a Boy Who Dreamt of Music 2015/11/7
投稿者 Maniparna Sengupta Majumder - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版
There were not many adolescents in India who didn’t dance in the tune of “Made in India”. The 90s were a great time to grow up with wonderful music. That was a very palpable childhood; vibrant and colourful. In this song especially, girls like me were smitten not only by the enchanting rendition of Alisha Chinoy but also by the irresistible charm of Milind Soman. It was the first time that I heard of the name Biddu, the composer. And, to speak the truth, felt an awe towards the person who was the harbinger of the Indipop culture. The internet was not proliferative at that time, so I failed to garner much information about Biddu. Instead, I was stupendously impressed to know that he was the brain behind the songs, “Aap jaisa koi meri zindegi mein aaye“ and Nazia Hassan’s chartbuster non-film album, “Disco deewane“.

The three mentioned songs, ring several bells in my mind even after so many years. So, when I got a chance to lay my hands on Biddu Appaiah’s autobiography, “Made in India, Adventure of a Lifetime“, I didn’t think twice to go for it. Reading the book was like meeting a long-lost person after ages.

“Made in India” is the story of the Indian-born, England-based music composer who single-handedly changed the tune of Indian music by adding a fresh vibrancy to it. Biddu left the country in the quest of his musical destination in his early twenties. The enthralling story of his travel with only three pounds in his pocket, of visiting the Middle East, meeting a myriad of people, and knowing different cultures and colours, all these have been portrayed in a colourful manner.

The reader also gets a glimpse of the old Calcutta and Bombay back in the 60s as he depicts his experiences with these two cities. No, it’s not the tale of the two cities, but several ones chipped in with his personal likings and dislikings. The far-fetched dream of a small-town boy and his determination to make it a reality can become an inspiration to today’s youth who are given all sorts of assistance when they exhibit sufficient talent and skill.

I especially liked the language and his way of writing; a very lucid one and it’s like a whiff of fresh breeze when we are so much into the “simplicity” of Chetan Bhagat and his ilk. The self-deprecatory style with a subtle sense of humour would evidently paint a smile on your lips. Couldn’t help myself but to share this excerpt when he spells his name to some British receptionist having a peculiar accent,

“That’s B for Britain, I for India, D for Delhi, D for Delhi and U for,…” I struggled to find a word for “U” and at last I got one. U for euthanasia”– I mean “euthanasia”, seriously!

The book makes you turn the pages as if you’re reading a thriller though the pace slackens a little in the later chapters. The only thing I feel here to be missing is the much-expected openness of his mind as the reader feels the urge to know more about the genius, the person Biddu himself is. That urge remains even after finishing the book.

“I am a citizen of the world, but inside, truly deep inside, I am still made in India.“- says Biddu, and, truly I think, this book is a must read for not only music aficionados but for every Indian.
5つ星のうち 4.0 An autobiography worth reading 2015/11/25
投稿者 Teresa at RockspringsCrafts - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
I rarely read autobiographies and even more rarely read those of people whose name is not familiar to me but when Debdatta at B00kr3vi3ws offered me the opportunity to read and review this book I thought I might as well give it a chance and I am so glad I did. it is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Not too long, it can be finished in a day or a couple of evenings but it is well worth the time.

The author's dry wit and self-deprecating style means that as Biddu tells us of his journey from a middle-class Indian childhood through the challenges of trying to make a living as a musician and onto great success I never felt he was being boastful or guilty of self-aggrandisement.

The author manages to cultivate a style where it feels as though he is sitting next to you and simply sharing stories about his life in a way we all might do with a group of new friends. He doesn't preach and he doesn't show off he just tells stories from his life in a breezy, understated style.

His story does make you realize how much the world has changed and not always for the better. No longer is it possible to wander through the Middle-East, from one country to another and be greeted by friendly, hospitable locals. That world has gone and we are all the worse of for the loss.

Biddu makes it clear that the road to success is not an easy one and that when the destination is arrived at it may not actually look like what you imagined it to be, but it is worth the effort of the journey. The lessons learned by trying, failing, trying again and eventually succeeding make success taste so much sweeter than having it all handed to you on a platter.

If you, like me, wonder who Biddu is and cannot name a single piece of music associated with him you might be surprised by the end of this book at just how much of his music is well known and how influential he is.

This is a very interesting read and I highly recommend it to everyone
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