Akash and Zanobia, two beautiful people from opposite side of the spectrum fall in love and get married. He is a wannabe painter; she is a spoilt rich brat. Is it really love or just money talking? With a name like color me rich, one would think it is all about the money but it is money and a lot more. There is the Suma, the friend, muse and ghazal singer. You have characters like Pran who is Akash friend and man Friday. Bollywood aunty, the kind-hearted lady who supports the artists all add up to make a book with many colors with the shades of life, love, and all emotions in between.
Akash is a handsome, talented painter but still looking for that elusive big hit when his work will be appreciated. Zenobia, on the other hand, is a rich, beautiful woman; she knows what she wants and how to get it. Love surprised both of them.
They fall for each other and the twist in the tale comes after their marriage. The book is written in a series of ‘today’ and ‘yesterday’ as chapter headings. They very clearly define what is happening right now, what are the protagonists feeling and what happened in the past. The two are balanced and linked very well. The story is fast paced and has no unnecessary fluff. It is a short read, perfect for reading when time is a constraint.
The author has penned the artists struggle, their hunger and needs to paint very well. He expressed the thoughts through Akash and Suma; their temperament and emotions of the creative artists, their feelings and how they feel and face the world. The book covers so many aspects of creativity – passion, insecurities, the corruption, deceit all are touched upon in this book.
I also loved the beautiful cover; it conveys so much and is so well shot. Expressive with the girl and the money, along with the title of Color Me Rich it hints at the story yet reveals nothing!
The ending of the book was its surprise package! Not quite what I expected but it definitely tied up all the loose ends and brought closure. It is a different read but well written, simple language and a reflection of the Mumbai and its life. Color Me Rich gives a peek into the world of creativity and passion with all the ugliness also shown! A riveting and revealing read.
(© I received a copy of the book from the author / The BookClub and the review is my honest opinion.)
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