HarperCollins India isproud to announce that it has acquired the publishing rights, all languages, World, for Parinda Joshi’s Made in China.
The movie adaptation of Made in China, a Maddock Films production starring Rajkummar Rao, Mouni Roy and Boman Irani, is scheduled to release on Independence Day 2019. The film will be directed by National Award winner Mikhil Musale. Meanwhile, Dinesh Vijan of ‘Hindi Medium’ fame will produce the movie.
The book, a hilarious account of a struggling Gujarati businessman’s journey to becoming entrepreneurial success, is the first in the two-book deal with the author.
‘It’s been a long-cherished desire of mine to work with HarperCollins. My surfboard has been spruced up, and I’m absolutely elated to ride this wave with them. It’s going to be double the fun!’ said Parinda Joshi, adding, ‘I’d woken up one bright morning in May 2008 with a vivid dream in which I was watching a movie based on a book I had written. That dream ostensibly has been the guiding light, and here we are, a decade later.
‘Maddock has produced several brilliant and widely loved films across genres over the years and the adaptation of my novel couldn’t be in more adept and nurturing hands,’ she said.
Dinesh Vijan, Founder, Maddock Films said, ‘Made in China is quirky, funny and yet it makes you think. I felt it needed to be experienced by more people and that’s why we decided to adapt it. It’s our endeavour at Maddock to get interesting stories to a larger audience, and this delightful journey of our protagonist is sure to tickle your funny bone and touch your heart!’
Swati Daftuar, Commissioning Editor, said ‘In Made in China, Parinda brings together a brilliantly constructed plot and layered, rounded characters, serving a gripping, entertaining book that you will eat up in a single sitting, but remember for a long time. But what really distinguishes Parinda is how she packs at the center of each book a core that’s strong, urgent and timely. These are stories from a changing, evolving India, and I’m so glad that we’re publishing an author who tells these stories so well.’
About the book:
Everyone around Raghu has made it big. His closest friends and family members all seems to be running big, successful businesses, living luxurious lives in the diamond-capital of India. And Raghu? All this fourty-year-old Gujarati businessman from Surat has is the pity of others.
His family-inherited Nepali handicraft imports business has unexpectedly collapsed and cash is drying out quickly. His wife, Rukmini thinks he a loser, his family does not respect him and society considers him irrelevant.
And then, a successful first cousin, Devraj, tips Raghu off about consumer goods that could be sourced from China and offers to take him along on his next trip, knowing fully well that it won’t be Raghu’s cup of tea.
But slowly, after being initially overwhelmed by the cultural oddities at the convention and elsewhere, Raghu begins to get the hang of things.
Made in China outlines a wacky, darkly comical, soul-stirring and unusual entrepreneurial journey of a simple but ambitious protagonist and his family, complete with dysfunctionality, heartbreak, and hilarity.
Parinda Joshi is the author of Live from London, Powerplay and a contributor to The Turning Point. She is from Ahmedabad and resides in San Francisco with her husband and her daughter, where she works as a Growth Analytics Leader for a Start-Up. Once a national level chess player, she has won many accolades including the Gujarat State Women’s Chess Champion award at the age of sixteen.
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