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Book Review: HiFi in Bollywood
There are a few novels in English with plots weaved around the intrigues of Bollywood. "HiFi in Bollywood" stands out with a literary touch and imagery created by splendid word craft.

The novel by Rishi Vohra is about an aspiring filmmaker Rayhan Arora who wishes to mark in Bollywood since that is close to his heart. However, this leads to strained father-son relationship because the former's expectations of the son to go for a marriage of convenience with an Indian-American girl and pursue a financial career in foreign corporate sector.

The style of writing is so gripping that by after reading a few pages, the book takes you in and you start flowing with story that has characters which you will find in many off-beat films with all kinds of twists and turns. Many characters capture reader's heart and mysteries that make the reader shuttle between the dreams and reality.

It seems that the characters Rishi Vohra encounters along the way, including Salman Khan makes a special appearance in the book, become part of his journey of self-discovery in life and professional bearings in film studios of Bollywood.

The author of the novel, Rishi Vohra, who had an extensive career in the Indian Entertainment Industry and higher education in the USA is able to provide authentic description and feels for the settings in the States and Mumbai both. His description are flawlessly absorbing and is one up than his debut novel "Once Upon the Tracks of Mumbai" which did very well and received a special mention at the Hollywood Book Festival.

Published in Paperback by Jaico Publishing House, is a good read which I enjoyed thoroughly despite I generally read technical books. The novel has messages sprinkled with wit and wisdom. The book jacket has comments of noted Indian actor John Abraham who found the book providing 'a rare, vivid glimpse of the inner workings of the Hindi Film Industry, laced with humour, passion and unexpected twists'. This makes the novel, not only a good read but also an entertaining one.

The way the book has written, simple language and graphical descriptions, it can be read and enjoyed by teenagers and adults equally since it provides authentic insights into the tough life that a struggler to the Hindi Film industry has to go through.

The novel spread in about 260 pages can be read in one go on the weekends since it creates vivid pictures along with well chosen words. It is a must read novel for the book lovers.

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