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Life As A Gig

Tells the heart-warming tale of the triumph of the human spirit with a gentle, self-deprecating wit.

Life As A Gig
Made In India: Adventures Of A Lifetime
By Biddu
HarperCollins | 252 pages | Rs 399

From strumming Beatles hits in Bangalore to being part of the disco-pop revolution of the ’70s in Britain was indeed a roller-coaster ride for Biddu.

In fact, this self-taught musician’s journey was not without its share of high drama, frustration and heartburn. From running away from home and playing at a night club in Calcutta to gigging in Bombay, Biddu followed his musical dream with dogged commitment. He even travelled on fake papers, hitchhiked across the Middle East and finally reached the mecca of music, London, with nothing but his guitar and his dreams. Undeterred by rejection slips, Biddu clawed his way into the pop industry, ending up producing and writing hits like Kung Fu Fighting and Dance Little Lady Dance. Later, in India, he made his mark with the hit Aap Jaisa Koi from the film Qurbani and the landmark Nazia Hasan album Disco Deewane which changed film music and its production in more ways than one.

Made In India is an autobiography that captures the spirit of the ’60s and ’70s. It’s all about the trials and tribulations of a musician who refused to stop at anything to achieve his dream. It’s also about living on the edge, struggling against all odds and yet having enough self-belief to be optimistic. The book is by no stretch clever but has a gentle, self-deprecating wit. But, more than anything else, it tells the heart-warming tale of the triumph of the human spirit.

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