Oct 7, 2015

Interview with BIDDU- Blog Tour


BIDDU- the POP music magnate who ruled our hearts in the 80s and 90s has published his AUTOBIOGRAPHY aptly titled MADE IN INDIA-adventures of a lifetime.


ABOUT THE BOOK:
Made in India by 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.

I finished reading his life story and reviewed the book last month. I'm a die hard BIDDU fan and his life story also gets a 5 Star rating from me. You can read the detailed review HERE

 BOOK LINKS: If you wish to grab you own copy you can get it at:-
GOODREADS | AMAZON | FLIPKART



Biddu writes with such a great sense of humor about his musical  journey that he has you hooked all through out.There were points where I was laughing out loud too. He made his struggle in a foreign land seem like a cake walk with a fairy tale ending. Every word of his autobiography was a treat to read. Charming, witty, and entirely likable, Biddu is man I'm sure you all would like to know more about.

 So here's a short and whacky tête-à-tête with the POP maestro himself....


How lucky are you and why?

If you read my autobiography, I've enumerated an episode where on my way to  Damascus I was graced by the company of some fellow travelers with belts, pouches, and rifles at their back. They laughed their heads off as one of them told me, "Amreekan good, Band Aid bad". I was clueless about what it meant all through out the journey until a dapper, educated-looking man came up to me and said, " You lucky they no kill you. They bandits. God is great."
Now you know how lucky I am!

If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?
Oh! Once upon a time I did spot a heartthrob of an actor- Kumar Gaurav who was a spitting image of me. Bunty (as he was affectionately called) and I got along well, like two peas in a pod. If someone as glamorous as him could show up, then he'd definitely be signed up to play 'BIDDU'.

What was the last gift you gave someone?

This book, my autobiography is my gift to my mother, Sue, Zak and Zaza- the four pillars of my inner temple. 

From the nine million selling "Kung Fu Fighting" to the iconic youth anthem of "Made in India" and the numerous hits in between. Your music made you a household name in India and abroad. What is that one thing you sacrificed to get where you are?
I don't know if I can put my finger on that right now but the funny thing is that it was indeed 'QURBANI' that got me stupendous success in India!


If you could sing one song for us right now, what would it be?
"Made In India!" Ofcourse...but I'd prefer to pass the mike on to Alisha instead..:)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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 "AapJaise 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.

If you would still love to read more about BIDDU, you can find it HERE


**********DO NOT MISS THE GIVEAWAY***********

Giveaway Details:
-        1 Gift Voucher : $10 Amazon GV or INR 500 Flipkart GV (Winner’s Choice)
-        1 Signed copy of Curse of the Godman by Biddu
-        Paperback copy of Made in India by Biddu


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