How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

 Mohsin Hamid

Hardcover: 230 pages
Publisher: Riverhead
Date: March, 2013
Language: English

US: Amazon
Liberty Books Karachi,
Paramount Books

How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia, published in 2013, shows twelve simple steps that one must follow in order climb out of poverty, and become wealthy.

The protagonist is a boy who is addressed as “you” throughout the book. He belongs to a poor family in an unnamed Asian country. His father decides to move to the city, where the family lives in a slum. The protagonist has the good fortune of going to school, unlike his older siblings. He starts to deliver pirated DVDs in order to make some money. Meanwhile, he falls in love with someone who is addressed as “the pretty girl” throughout the pages of How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia. However, this girl moves out of the city and becomes a successful model. He realizes that the system that exists is very corrupt, and decides to become a part of it in order to become rich and successful. He sets up a fake bottle water business. His products are sold as mineral water, though they are just boiled and packaged. Over time, he becomes extremely successful and shows readers that in Asian cities most systems do not work, and yet everything one desires can be obtained at a price.

How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia then shows how the protagonists marries a woman half his age. His love for “the pretty girl” has however remained unchanged. Will his teenage love story have a happy ending? Or will materialistic gains be all that he cares for?

This self-help guide has chapter names that are infact pieces of advice. Some of them include Get an Education, Befriend a Bureaucrat, Move to the City, and Avoid Idealists. This story is refreshing and approaches the problems faced by people in developing countries in an engaging manner


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