How to Kidnap the Rich is the outrageous and fast-paced debut from Rahul Raina.
Set in Delhi, this is the story of Ramesh, a self-styled ‘examinations consultant’. When Ramesh takes an exam for Rudi – an intolerably lazy but rich teenager – he accidently scores the highest mark in the country and propels Rudi into stardom. Ramesh devises a scheme to extort money from Rudi’s parents, but his plan backfires and spirals into chaos. Kidnapping, double-kidnapping and reverse kidnapping ensues. Can Ramesh make it out of this mess alive?
This is a thrilling read for fans of Crazy Rich Asians, My Sister the Serial Killer and Parasite. Reviews are calling it ‘an exciting blend of crime caper, satire, love story and social commentary’ (Independent), ‘impressively entertaining’ (Sunday Times) and ‘a wildly funny ride through a modern-day India’ (Red).
If you’re looking for a fun, page-turning read, look no further!
by Rahul Raina
'Conjures up a memorable world that is ghee-greased, polluted, mired in dust and corruption' Sunday Times'
A satire on modern India...this isn't a story about poverty, it's a story about wealth' Guardian
Ramesh has a simple formula for fame and success: find a wealthy kid, make him a star and create an elaborate scheme to extort money from his parents, what could go wrong?
As a self-styled 'examinations consultant', Ramesh is the cog in the wheel that keeps India's middle classes thriving. When he takes an exam for Rudi - an intolerably lazy but rich teenager - he accidently scores the highest mark in the country and propels Rudi into stardom.
Blackmail. Reality television. Grotesque wealth.
And after that?
Kidnap. Double-kidnap. Reverse kidnap.
In a studio filled with hot lights, with millions of eyes on the boys, and a government investigator circling, the entire country begins to question: who are they?